Songs to Make the Dust Dance: The Ryojin Hisho of Twelfth-Century Japan

Breaking through the long established image of Heian Japan 794 1185 as a culture dominated by ritualized aristocratic values, Yung Hee Kim presents the picture of a country in transition, filled with a wide variety of common people responding to very ordinary situations In popular songs called imayo, they expressed their concerns about religion, love, aging, and even cuBreaking through the long established image of Heian Japan 794 1185 as a culture dominated by ritualized aristocratic values, Yung Hee Kim presents the picture of a country in transition, filled with a wide variety of common people responding to very ordinary situations In popular songs called imayo, they expressed their concerns about religion, love, aging, and even current affairs.In 1179 Emperor Go Shirakawa compiled Ryojin hisho, a twenty volume collection of this song genre that juxtaposes the sacred with the profane, the high with the low, the male with the female, the old with the new Kim makes these songs the core of her book, in translations that faithfully reflect the sounds and images of the originals and bring them to life within their own literary and cultural context.
Songs to Make the Dust Dance The Ryojin Hisho of Twelfth Century Japan Breaking through the long established image of Heian Japan as a culture dominated by ritualized aristocratic values Yung Hee Kim presents the picture of a country in transition filled with

  • Title: Songs to Make the Dust Dance: The Ryojin Hisho of Twelfth-Century Japan
  • Author: Yung-Hee Kim Yung-Hee K. Kwon
  • ISBN: 9780520080669
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Songs to Make the Dust Dance: The Ryojin Hisho of Twelfth-Century Japan”

    1. I love this form of poetry. The book is a great intro into both the history and the poetry itself.

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