Plants and trees mentioned in Manyoshu

The Manyoshu is a collection of waka poems composed 1,300 years ago, but it is now attracting new attention due to the introduction of 32 types of plum blossoms by Otomo Ryabito, the author of the current Japanese calendar, "2025. The Japanese poetry of the past has served as a reminder to the world of the maturity of the Japanese culture and the high level of culture. Here is some information related to flowers in the Manyoshu.


What is the Manyoshu?


The Man'yoshu is the oldest existing collection of poetry in Japan, consisting of approximately 4,500 poems in 20 volumes. About 1/3 of them (1500 poems) are about some kind of plants, and about 166 of them have known flower names. Popular plants are often mentioned in the poems.

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