In 1980 the New York Times published a representative work: Masaoka Shiki's (1867–1902) poems and writing (as well as the work of his friends and disciples) have had a more lasting influence.

The utakai that the Emperor holds on the first of the year is called Utakai Hajime and it is an important event for waka poets; the Emperor himself releases a single tanka for the public's perusal. After World War II, waka began to be considered out-of-date, but since the late 1980s it has revived under the example of contemporary poets, such as Tawara Machi.


With her 1987 bestselling collection Salad Anniversary, the poet has been credited with revitalizing the tanka for modern audiences. Today there are many circles of tanka poets.


Gualala CA: AHA Books, 1998 ==External links== Japanese poetic forms Japanese literary terminology Waka (poetry)


Gualala CA:AHA Books, 1999 Nakajō, Fumiko.


Tokyo:The Japan Times Press, 2004 Saito, Fumi.

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