Katsumi Okabe introduces us to a form of Japanese poetry called "tanka". He says that tanka is an expression of the spirit, because poetry is an attempt to discuss things that are essentially invisible. The purpose of education, he says, is to protect and cultivate the spirit. Tanka, therefore, is also about education. The poems he presents are very spiritual and personal, and as the title suggests, they revolve around the family. I found them to be inspirational, introspective, and soothing, as well as beautiful. A bit like haiku, but with clearer meanings and purpose. It's a cross-cultural mix of expressions of the family bonds of love and emotion for you to explore and enjoy.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our May, 2008 issue.
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