Courting from the 8th century and previous, the Manyoshu is the oldest eastern poetry anthology. The 1,000 poems selected for this well-known choice have been selected by way of a amazing scholarly committee in keeping with their poetic excellence, their position in revealing the japanese nationwide spirit and personality, and their cultural and historic significance. textual content is in English basically.
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Friendly intercourse with China being XXX I ,so· f) I l : \ \ \ so· EASTERN ASIA II OLD JAPAN JAPAN IN PRO VINCES t38 ,to· thus formally inaugurated, Japan herself joined in the broad current of Asiatic civilization. The civilization of the Sui dynasty and its successor, the T'ang, was characterized by its cosmopolitanism. Militarily and polit1cally the Han empire, whose armies marched far into foreign lands and whose government effectively held the conquered territories, was also cosmopolitan.
There were gods possessing full personalities, namely the ancestors of the Imperial House and of various clans, the patrons of arts and industries, the tutelary deities of communities and the spirits of nature. Thus, individual objects of nature in their various capacities, sometimes as mediums through which gods manifested xxxviii themselves to man, sometimes as gods m themselves, and sometimes as divine property or demesne, occupied their respect1ve places in the religious life of the nation.
The Imperial City of fairest Nara Glows now at the height of beauty, Like brilliant flowers in bloom. (No. 282) Young gallants wearing silver-wrought swords paraded the wide boulevards while ladies of the court walked along the tree-shaded avenues trailing their crimson skirts. It 1i was such a picture of the gay metropolis which the officials stationed at the Empire's outposts, ' the far courts of the Sovereign', could never forget and which caused them the most unbearable pangs of nostalgia (Nos.
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