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A beautiful combination of poems from Man'yoshu, a classic collection of Japanese poetry, and photos of nature from the Asuka Nara area. This book is thick and impressive. It's a nice thing to keep around and savor bits at a time. I can't comment on the translation, but unusually, this book includes the original Japanese language versions of the poems, which few English books of Japanese poetry do. It's very nice for advanced students (or intermediate ones like me can try to puzzle out bits and ...more