A n g l o - J a p a n e s e   T a n k a   S o c i e t y

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The Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society / Nichi Ei Tanka Society has been established by Japanese and British individuals and organisations to celebrate the long-standing tradition of tanka poetry and related arts.

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Contact Details:


Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society
York St John College
Lord Mayor's Walk
YO31 7EX
United Kingdom


Sending my soul away
To where the moon has sunk
Behind the mountain,
What shall I do with my body
Left in the darkness?

- Monk Saigyo (1118-1190)

  Broken by the sound of the wind
That plays on the bamboo leaves
Near the window,
A dream even shorter
Than my fleeting sleep.

- Princess Shikiski (1149-1201)

The dry sand falls through
My mutely listless fingers,
Gone without a trace.
My shadow escapes from me,
Lost under the scorching sun.

- Hisashi Nakamura (1950 - )

  Across worldly maps
oceans are inscribed as words
and yet as we write
such boundaries will wash through,
how strange we think only in words

- Sunil Manghani (1973- )




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