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Poem 33 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   hisakata no

hikari nodokeki

   haru no hi ni

shizugokoro naku

hana no chiru ramu


   On a day in spring

when the gentle light reaches

   far into the distance,

the blossoms surely scatter

because of their restless hearts.

-- Ki no Tomonori

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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.