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Bridging the Gap to Early Japanese Literature: Translator Peter MacMillan

If you had to pick one book to introduce Japanese culture, what would you choose? For the translator and poet Peter MacMillan, it would be the thirteenth-century anthology Hyakunin isshu, which he rendered in English as One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each. “These hundred short poems tell us almost everything we need to know about the Japanese,” he said in a talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on July 26, 2017. Continue reading


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Mt. Fuji constant source of inspiration: Japanologist and poet Peter MacMillan

Mt. Fuji is a great and continuous source of inspiration for me. There’s no other mountain in the world like this. It has such a deep connection with culture on many levels, including literature, art with painting. So to me, as a councilor of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, its listing as a World Heritage site last year was very natural. Continue reading