Bought this as a present for my boyfriend. He is a Japanese Zen Buddhist and he absolutely loves this book. I find the translation myself very easy to understand and the poems are very beautiful. This is a must buy!!
Ryokan was an intriguing character who truly lived Zen. His poetry reflects this - his carefree love of life, his love of nature and the simple things in life. I must admit that I do prefer some of the translations offered in One Robe, One Bowl (translated by the same person), but this book is still worth 5 stars as it is full of wonderful poetry!