HOMEJapanese Culture (日本の文化) > 『東の国からの詩の挨拶-和歌集』(Higashi no kuni kara no shi no aisatsu-Wakashu)
Poetical Greetings from the Far East :
Japanese Poems


English ed. 1896 (Meiji 29) Catalogue No. 68


German ed. 1894(Meiji 27) Catalogue No. 138


Higashi no kuni kara no shi no aisatsu-

訳者:カール・フローレンツ(Translator : Karl Florenz)
訳者:アーサー・ロイド(Translator : Arthur Lloyd)
絵師:三島蕉窓、新井芳宗、鈴木華邨 他
    (Illustrator : Shoso Mishima, Yoshimune Arai,
     Kason Suzuki, and others.)

■ 解説
Dichtergrüsse aus dem Osten:japanische Dichtungenをアーサー・ロイドが忠実に英訳したものである。フローレンツは後に
■ Explanation
 This book is Arthur Lloyd's faithful translation of Dichtergrüsse aus dem Osten : japanische Dichtungen, a lengthy (97-page) collection of the poetry translated into German by Karl Florenz, who called Japan "the eastern land," and was published in the form of a "chirimen-bon" (i.e., Crepe-paper book). The depth of Florenz's knowledge of Japanese poetry may be gathered from the fact that he subsequently authored a history of Japanese literature published back in Germany.
  The book consists of six chapters devoted to poems on affections, poems on nature, poems on life, court poetry, miscellaneous poems, and epic poems, respectively. It contains many verses from the
Man'yoshu, the earliest extant anthology of Japanese verse, which Florenz highly esteemed, including long poems and envoys by Yamanoue-no-Okura, Otomo-no-Yakamochi, and unknown authorship. Florenz also selected poems by Mibuno Tadamine and Ki-no-Tsurayuki from the Kokin Wakashu, Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poetry. As contemporary specimens, he included a poem inspired by the earthquake of 2 October 1855 and another on the medieval night-time attack at Okehazama as exemplifying new styles of poetry. The value of this collection is further enhanced by the elegant illustrations on every page, produced by Shoso, Yoshimune, and Kason. 
 The book has the English translation of the preface by Florenz, which is not found in the German edition in the collection of our library, as well as a page-by-page list of the illustrations and the illustrators who made them at the end.