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Souls Mountain

(after the Battle of 203 Hill, 1905)

How can anyone say it was an easy climb?
Honour is such a hard hill to climb!
It grows and stretches, covered with metal and blood.
When I look up at Souls Mountain, all I see is mourning.

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About the translation:
Nogi Maresuke
Chris Beckett, Iso Miura
Original language:
2014 Number 3 - The Singing of the Scythe

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Nogi Maresuke

MARESUKE NOGI was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army who fought in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904/05 and captured Port Ar...

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Chris Beckett


Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett grew up in Ethiopia and his translations of contemporary Amharic poets such as Bewketu Seyoum and Zewdu Milikit...

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Iso Miura

ISAO MIURA is a Japanese painter and sculptor based in London. He is currently working on a project to re-visualise Basho’s Na...

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