- Hyakunin Isshu -
Hyakunin Isshu (Hundred Poets, One Poem) is an ancient anthology
of waka poems selected by Teika Fujiwara in 12th century.
Waka, roughly translating "Japanese songs (Wa of WaFoo)"
is Japan's most important poem form used to express
all facets of human emotions including romance, sorrow, nostalgia
and joy. Haiku was born from Waka as its short version.
For chanting and calligraphy for the composition When
the Moon Talks, WaFoo especially picked two poems
which are sung about the moon.
When I looked over the sky, there rises the moon. It should
be the same moon I used to see over the Mount Mikasa in my
hometown long time ago.
Abe-no Nakamaro - One of the earliest
foreign students to China who could never return to Japan.
|I finally met you
after longing so much, but you disappeared so soon even
before I recognized that it was you. You were like a mid-night's
moon hidden by clouds.
Murasaki-Shikibu - Female novelist
who launched the 54-chaptered romantic tale, Genji Monogatari
(the Tale of Genji) in 1001. She was designated by UNESCO
in 1964 as one of the world's greatest people.