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Poem 24 from One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets


   kono tabi wa

nusa mo toriaezu


momiji no nishiki

kami no manimani


   Plain hemp will not do

on an outing such as this.

   Better to offer

a brocade of autumn leaves

to please the mountain gods.

-- Kanke

The Annotated Bushido is a companion site of the Jlit website. The complete text of this iconic study of Japanese ethics is provided online, along with extensive notes and careful indications of textual differences between the 1900 and 1905 editions.