• Kyodo News

  • SHARE

Emperor Akihito described a scene in which he takes a walk in a garden in the Imperial Palace grounds in a poem recited Thursday at the annual New Year’s Poetry Reading Ceremony at the Imperial Palace.

The theme was “light” for this year’s “waka” poems, which typically consist of 31 syllables in a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW