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Poetry: Japan
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Several poetic genres fall under the general category of Buddhist poetry in Japan, including wasan (和讃; Japanese hymns) and songs in the imayō (今様; modern) style. The earliest wasan, which date from the mid-10th century, were liturgies in praise of such topics as the enlightenment of the Buddha or Amitābha…

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Jean-Noël Robert and Richard Bowring, “Poetry: Japan”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0093>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20190619

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