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on 19 August 2009
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!!
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on 16 December 2013
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!
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on 10 May 2016
A nicely produced book, and the poems are great, but there aren't many of them, and the introduction is very short, and not very helpful.
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on 9 January 2016
great inspiring poetry
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on 6 December 2012
A shame but I couldn't get excited about any of these poems, they seemed sentimental and without that sharp jab one gets from so much else in Japanese poetry.
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