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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 cannot, after all,

know another person's heart.

   But the blossoms of

a once familiar home retain

the fragrance of the past.

-- Ki no Tsurayuki

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.