In Praise of Japan

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In Praise of Japan
by Emperor Jomei
Transl. by William George Aston


In Praise of Japan


 
"The land of Yamato
Has mountains in numbers
But peerless among them
Is high Kaguyama.
I stand on its summit
My kingdom to view.
The smoke from the land-plain
Thick rises in air,
The gulls from the sea-plain
By fits soar aloft.
O land of Yamato!
Fair Akitsushima!
Dear art thou to me!"




Notes

No. 2 from Man'yōshū, is attributed to Emperor Jomei.

Source: A history of Japanese literature, 1899, by W.G. Aston, William Heineman, London. See: Open Library.