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The Poetry Of Aizu Yaichi

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It is no wonder that Aizu Yaichi, also known by the pen name Shuso Dojin, whose love for Greek culture was nurtured by the Romantic bent of his teacher Lafcadio Hearn, would turn to the Yamato region in his frantic search for the origins of Japanese culture. With regard to the order of the sites visited in Nara and the Nara basin, author followed the same trajectory that Aizu indicated in Nankyō Shinshō. The author added poems from other collections as well, in order to give readers a better sense of Aizu's description of the major holy sites to which he refers in his poetry. Aizu's poetry, which soon became very popular, and his efforts to preserve the monuments of the ancient city were powerful contributors to the establishment of Nara as a cultural icon in the modern age.

Keywords: Aizu Yaichi; Japanese culture; poetry



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