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:13:16
He wrote me: coming back through the Chiba coast
I thought of Shonagon's list,

:13:21
of all those signs one has only to name
to quicken the heart, just name.

:13:25
To us, a sun is not quite a sun unless it's radiant,
and a spring not quite a spring unless it is limpid.

:13:31
Here to place adjectives would be so rude
as leaving price tags on purchases.

:13:36
Japanese poetry never modifies.
:13:39
There is a way of saying boat, rock, mist, frog, crow,
hail, heron, chrysanthemum, that includes them all.

:13:47
Newspapers have been filled recently
with the story of a man from Nagoya.

:13:51
The woman he loved died last year and he drowned himself in work
¬óJapanese style¬ólike a madman.

:13:56
It seems he even made an important discovery in electronics.
:14:00
And then in the month of May he killed himself.
:14:04
They say he could not stand hearing the word 'Spring.'
:14:44
He described me his reunion with Tokyo:
:14:48
like a cat who has come home from vacation in his basket
immediately starts to inspect familiar places.

:14:51
He ran off to see if everything was where it should be:
:14:55
the Ginza owl, the Shimbashi locomotive, the temple of the fox
at the top of the Mitsukoshi department store,


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