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The Tosa Diary

The Tosa Diary by Ki no Tsurayuki
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The Tosa Diary is a beautifully written and deeply introspective account of a journey through the Tosa province of Japan. Ki no Tsurayuki's poetic and reflective prose captures the essence of his experiences as he travels through the changing seasons, encountering a wide range of emotions and observations along the way.

The author's attention to detail and keen observations of the natural world paint a vivid picture of the landscape and the people he encounters on his journey. Tsurayuki's descriptions of the changing seasons, the beauty of nature, and the simplicity of daily life offer a serene and contemplative reading experience.

The Tosa Diary is not just a travelogue, but a meditation on life, love, and the passage of time. Through his poetic reflections, Tsurayuki invites readers to contemplate the fleeting nature of existence and the beauty that can be found in the smallest of moments.

Overall, The Tosa Diary is a thought-provoking and beautifully written work that offers a window into a different time and place. Tsurayuki's lyrical prose and insightful observations make this a book that will linger in the reader's mind long after the final page has been turned.

Book Description:
Ki no Tsurayuki was a Japanese waka poet of the Heian period. In 905, he was one of the poets ordered to compile the "Kokinshu - Collected Japanese Poems of Ancient and Modern Times". He is also one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals of Japan.

The Tosa Diary, written in 935, is considered the major work of Tsurayuki. It is an account of his return to the capital Kyoto from Tosa province, where he had served as governor since 930. The journey is by boat, and Tsurayuki tells about his sea sickness and fear of pirates, his impressions of the coast, and the various offerings to placate the gods of the sea. The Tosa Diary is written entirely in kana (the "women's" alphabet) and contains many poems composed by Tsurayuki during the journey.

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