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Yamabe no Akahito
Kuniyoshi, Yamabe no Akahito (700 - 736) was a poet of the Yamato period in Japan. The Man'ysh, an ancient anthology, contains 13 choka ('long poems') and 37 tanka ('short poems') of his. Many of his poems were composed during journeys with Emperor Shmu between 724 and 736. Yamabe is regarded as one of the kami of poetry, and is called Waka Nisei along with Kakinomoto no Hitomaro. He is noted as one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. The American composer Alan Hovhaness used a text by Yamabe from the Man'ysh in his cantata Fuji, Op. 182 (1960, rev. 1964).

In memoriam M.A.S

There are some days the happy ocean lies
Like an unfingered harp, ... [read poem]
poem: untitled
The mists rise over
The waters at Asuka;
Memory does not
Pass away so easily.

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