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In my youth, I was promised a future in which Japan would take over the world.

In its stead, I received a future in which Japan is dying.

That’s OK. The Japan that would have taken over the world was not that Japan that I wished would have. It’s better this way.

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It occurred to me I could post Japanese poetry on this blog.

 
 

When the floating bridge

Of the dream of a spring night

Was snapped, I awoke:

In the sky a bank of clouds

Was drawing away from the peak

 
 

-Fujiwara no Teika. From the Shinkokinshu collection, early 13th century