My Oriental Garden goes life!

We are proud to announce our webstie is up and running. This website will be our online source for real life Japanese garden oriented products like Japanese bridges, Japanese patios, prefabricated Japanese buildings and Japanese decorations for the Japanese Garden.


Saturday, 16 August 2008

New Product: One Hundred Poems

Our latest product is one we a particularly fond of. It's Hyakunin Isshu, literally "One hundred people, one poem each", a Japanese style of building an anthology of Yamato uta, or poems in a particular style which has become an integral part of Japanese culture since the mid-13th century.

The poems were most often written by nobles and high functionaries at the Imperial Courts. They are very short, very polite, very Japanese – and that means expressing things indirectly and using words which, when spoken, have many different meanings. Misunderstandings were deliberate, honest fun. Emperors, pricesses, ministers, noblemen – all had to prove that they had poetic hearts. All knew the "Jargon" and how to pick words from the "lyric box of the 500 most emotional keywords".

Our collection was compiled by Fujiwara no Sadaie, more commonly known as Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241) and was published in the year 1235. The poems are about love, forbidden affairs, youth and old age (related, in typical Japanese style, to spring and autumn) and death. The Fujiwara family has always been very important in the history of Japan.

In our product, we present luxuriously-bound books on wooden stands. Clicking on the book will allow you to "read" a random poem from the book. We hope you find inspiration, solace, and joy from our collection.

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