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Star-Festival Song

たなばたさま [Tanabata-sama]

ささのは さらさら
のきばに ゆれる
お星さま きらきら
きんぎん すなご

ごしきの たんざく
わたしが かいた
お星さま きらきら
空から 見てる

sasa no ha sara-sara
nokiba ni yureru
ohoshi-sama kira-kira
kingin sunago

goshiki no tanzaku
watashi ga kaita
ohoshi-sama kira-kira
sora kara miteru

The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle,
gold and silver grains of sand.

The five-colour paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
watching us from heaven.


July 7, 2020 at 7:07 am Leave a comment


by Misuzu Kaneko


May 6, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment


by Misuzu Kaneko

I wonder why
the rain that falls from black clouds
shines like silver.

I wonder why
the silkworm that eats green mulberry leaves
is so white.

I wonder why
the moonflower that no one tends
blooms on its own.

I wonder why
everyone I ask
about these things
laughs and says, “That’s just how it is.”


April 30, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

GREETINGS: Happy Passover!


April 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Rainbows on Eyelashes

by Misuzu Kaneko

I wipe and wipe
Yet they keep flowing,
Within my tears
A thought arises.

-I must be
An adopted child-

While I look and look
At the beautiful rainbows,
On the tips of my eyelashes
A thought arises.

-I wonder what
Today’s teatime snack will be-


March 28, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Hymn to Freedom

Happy Greek Independence Day!

I recognize you by the fearsome sharpness,
of your sword,
I recognize you by your face
that defines the land (i.e. the land’s borders).

From the sacred bones,
of the Hellenes arisen,
and valiant again as you once were,
Hail, o hail, Liberty!


March 25, 2020 at 3:25 am 1 comment

Are You an Echo?

The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko introduces the poetry of renowned Japanese children’s poet Misuzu Kaneko. A children’s picture book, it interweaves Misuzu’s moving life story with twenty-five new translations of her poetry alongside fifteen of the Japanese originals. Every page is filled with color illustrations by Japanese artist Toshikado Hajiri.

If I say, “ Let’s play?”
you say, “Let’s play!”
If I say “Stupid!”
you say “Stupid!”
If I say, “I don’t want to play anymore,”
you say, “I don’t want to play anymore.”
And then, after a while,
becoming lonely
I say, “Sorry.”
You say, “Sorry.”
Are you just an echo?
No, you are everyone.


March 16, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Dormir bien

Healthy Sleep Day!

March 13, 2020 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Lullaby of Takeda

March 3, 2020 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment

The Bride Doll

March 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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