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Takahira Yashima Hiroyuka Tomita

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OwlSA
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Takahira Yashima Hiroyuka Tomita
17  August 2004

Takahira Yashima Hiroyuka Tomita
Takahira Yashima Hiroyuka Tomita
I want to learn Japanese
not because of your excellent performances
in winning the gold medal in the high bar
at the Olympics
in the magical city of Athens,
but because of the music
of your names and those of your three team members.
I wish I could remember them all
for I would say them - all five -
one after the other
over and over
and again and again and again
like a waterfall
like a bed of colourful flowers
like a Japanese painting …
but I can’t remember them …
and so I will have to spend years
learning Japanese,
and make music with
“The vase is on the table,”
but for now
I will make do with
Takahira-Yashima-Hiroyuka-Tomita-Takahira-Yashima-Hiroyuka-Tomita-Takahira-Yashima-Hiroyuka-Tomita

- Owl

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iliana
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Diana, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.  Is sound an amazing thing!
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konichi wa, Diana

I understand the way
those names capture
your ears
Huan Yi
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Traditional Japanese Poetry- An Anthology, Translator Steven D. Carter ISBN 0-8047-2212-9.  

The Essential Haiku, Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa,  by Robert Hass
ISBN 0-88001-351-6

“The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems”
Translators: Jane Hirshfield  Mariko Aratani
ISBN   0679729585


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Thank you iliana.  I am glad it gave you so  much pleasure.  

Thank you Midnite Sun.  I probably won't get down to learning Japanese for a few years (if I actually am able to make the time to do so at all) and I don't know one word of Japanese.  Please tell me what "konichi wa" means and is its pronunciation phonetic (for an English person I mean), and if not please try to describe how to pronounce it.

Thank you so much Huan Yi.  I will note those books and try to buy them when I have sold a few more houses than average.  The books sound fascinating.

- Owl
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Yoku dekimashita.
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I am both very honoured and very impressed to have been addressed in Japanese (even if you are swearing at me! - smiles.)


I have absolutely no idea what Yoku dekimashita means and I would love to know.  

Owl
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As you now know it means good work!  So  once more let me say yoku dekimashita!
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Thank you kindly for the reply, the translation and the kind words.

May I ask you what Kacy (of Kacy's Garden by Margherita to which you replied - she passed away recently and devastated all of her friends)'s reply of "konichi wa" above means?

I didn't get to learn Japanese - don't have time - but I love languages, especially the music of the words - although I am only fluent in 3 and have a grasp of one more and smatterings of another.  

Owl
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Hello Diana...I believe "konichi wa" means "hello" or "good day".

Earl is new and I don't know that he would realize you may have asked him a question.

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He did, Karilea.  I emailed him at the same time, for that very reason and he told me what it meant in one of his email replies, but thanks anyway.

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