The Jlit website is a (largely) academic site devoted to various aspects of one of the world's great literatures. As a single-webmaster operation, the site has tended to expand in a leisurely and somewhat haphazard fashion. Nevertheless, there is material here that is not readily available elsewhere, so feel free to browse.


Poem 35 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   hito wa isa

kokoro mo shirazu

   furusato wa

hana zo mukashi no

ka ni nioikeru


   One can never know

what the human heart intends,

   but the blossoms in

a place that one once called home

retain the fragrance of the past.

-- Ki no Tsurayuki

For notes and more poems, start here.





The Annotated Bushido is a companion site of the Jlit website. The complete text of this iconic study of Japanese ethics is provided online, along with extensive notes and careful indications of textual differences between the 1900 and 1905 editions.