Original Japanese



English Translation

I think that the heart and soul of songs and poems have been passed down to us in an unbroken line from the age of the Man'youshuu to the tanka poets of the Meiji era to us, today. In short, whether it be 1300 years ago or now, the feeling that poets want to express, "I love you," is unchanging.

-- from Tawara Machi's A Man'youshuu Lecture Series So That Anyone Can Be Moved By the Poems

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