Translated by ESS members.
I do not know the names of the grasses
which people know
I know a numbe of the grasses
which people do not know
They are named by me
They are given my favorite names
The names of grasses are named
by someone after all
It is only the sun in the sky
that knows their real names
So I am calling them by my favorite names
I am calling them by my favorite names
Kaneko Misuzu is a poet who was born in 1903 in Nagato.
Her real name is Kaneko Teru.
She graduated from Ohtsu girls' high school. (now Ohtsu Ryokuyo high school)
Her writing style is unique.
She writes her poems in plain language.
It makes us deeply think about things which we usually forget.
She writes in a soft and natural rhythm.
She contrinibuted to the literary magazine “Misawo”for the first time
when she was in elementary school.
She wrote 512 poems about nature, espeially about weak creatures.
Misuzu Museum was built to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of her birth in 2003.
It exhibits notes of her own handwriting poems.
Misuzu festival is held at the begining of every August.
Our school has the stone monument “The winter snows”
She passed away in 1930 when she was 26 years old..
The name of the grass