Romaji Diary, and Sad Toys

Romaji Diary, and Sad Toys

Romaji Diary, and Sad Toys

Romaji Diary, and Sad Toys

Synopsis

The novella Ramaji Diary represents the first instance of a Japanese writer using romaji (roman script) to tell stories in a way that could not be told in kana or kanji.

Sad Toys is a collection of 194 Tanka, the traditional 31 - syllable poems that are evocative of Japan's misty past and its tentative steps into the wider world.

Excerpt

Our attempt in Sad Toys has been to translate these poems in the spirit of Takuboku, preserving wherever possible his mixture of the formal and colloquial. Sometimes we omit the names of places or plants or other terminology too weighty for poetry. We have avoided syllabic count and rhyme in order to preserve the spontaneity, naturalness, and simplicity of tanka, and as Takuboku himself wrote these poems in three lines, we have created three-line tanka but without following Takuboku's experiment on indentation. He also experimented with punctuation, and at times we follow his, but the tone and nuance of English have dictated our own use of punctuation.

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