Relationship from the 8th century and prior, 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 special scholarly committee in response to their poetic excellence, their function in revealing the japanese nationwide spirit and personality, and their cultural and old significance. textual content is in English merely.
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On the 7th of January the Feast of the Blue Horse is celebrated at the court. Blue being the colour of spring, according to Chinese tradition,' blue' (black) horses were led before the Throne and prayers were offered for a prosperous year. The I 5th and r6th days were reserved for a song-feast, also of Chinese origin, at which the participants sang, keeping time by stamping on the ground. Early in February the important rites of praying for a good crop were performed. Also during this month some clans held the fest1vals of their respective tutelary gods.
Besides, a direct link between the court and the country was found in the occasional or periodical progresses of the sovereign to various hot spring resorts (Arima Hot Springs in Settsu Province and the spas of Iyo and Kii) or to the imperial villas at Yoshino and elsewhere. lii The journeys of palace-guards between the capital and their homes in the provinces, and the imperial excursions and hunting-trips may also be mentioned in this connection. All these things not only enlivened the country-side and served as a tonic for the city-dwellers, but provided the Many6 poets with an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
I4I, 543), 'all is vain' (Nos. 7r6, 69, 8o9, 276, 443), 'nothmg endures' (Nos. 368, 388, 8o9, 499, 500, 513), are frequently encountered, mdicates that it is at this point that Buddhism first entered the province of Japanese poetry. d standing at a concourse of sundry cultural streams, this sort of idea made a great appeal. It should, however, be remembered that it gave rise to no intense religious aspirations ; nothing more than what appear to be rather lukewarm and conventional sentiments (Nos.