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On Sale “Musings on Love” (Kindle Book)

“Musings on Love” – Beautiful Tanka (Japanese style short poems) and illustrations by Naoko Higashi and Kiuchi Tatsuro are on Kindle

“musing on love”

written by Naoko Higashi
illustrations by Tatsuro Kiuchi
translation by Jonathan Leask

for Kindle (any devices)
released: 2014/3/29 size: 20 MB
Language: English

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ミュージングズ オン ラブ (「愛を想う」英訳版)

短歌 東直子
イラストレーション 木内達朗
翻訳 ジョナサン・リースク

¥511 Kindle版のみの発売
発売: 2014/3/29 サイズ: 20 MB
言語: 英語

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“in my dream I was washing you and crying
harassed by butterflies without antennae”

Naoko Higashi is a Japanese poet who has been expressing her feelings of love and intimacy into Japanese Tanka. Tatsuro Kiuchi has extended her world and captured the depth of her feelings in beautiful illustrations. The combination of her Tanka’s alluring simplicity with the understated elegance of the illustrations blend to create an intense world of emotional and artistic awareness.

Jonathan Leask’s English translation has deftly kept the meaning and rhythm of the Tanka intact, providing for a highly enjoyable reading.

This edition includes 60 tanka stanzas accompanied by 36 color illustrations in 71 pages, plus an appendix with the full bilingual line to line rendition of the original Japanese text and its English translation.

First published as paper book by Poplar Japan in 2004, and the Kindle Japanese edition was released in 2013.


Naoko Higashi is a poet and novelist. Winner of the 7th Kadan Award for her thirty-tanka collection “Kusakanmuri no hōmonsha”, she has published numerous works. They include tanka collections “Haruhara-san no Recorder”, “Seiran”, “Higashi Naoko shū” and “Jikkai”; novels “Toritsuku shima”, “Suigintō ga kieru made”, “Kusuriya no Tabitha”, “Tomato Ketchup-su” and “Kiosk no Kirio”; and essay collections “Mimiura no hoshi” and “Sennen gohan”. She also co-authored “Kaiten doa wa junban ni” and “Tanka ga arujanaika” with Hiroshi Homura.

Twitter: @higashin
Website “NaoQ”:

Illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1966. After graduating from the Division of Natural Sciences within the College of Liberal Arts at International Christian University in Tokyo, he moved to the United States to study illustration. There he graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. A freelance illustrator ever since his return to Japan in 1992, he is mainly commissioned to illustrate book jackets, picture books, magazines and other publications. Works include the picture book “Akaninja” (text by Hiroshi Homura) and serial comic strip “The Earthling”. He has been recognized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, American Illustration, the Art Directors Club and Communication Arts. He has also won the Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for Illustration and is a member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society.



Naoko Higashi and Tatsuro Kiuchi have also collaborated on the following picture books for Kumon Publishing’s “Hajimete deau ehon” series: “Ame popopo”, “Howahowa sakura”, “Yuki fufufu”, “Umi zazaza” and “Sawasawa momiji”.

Jonathan Leask is a translator with an honors degree in Japanese from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan.


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短歌&画集「愛を想う」Kindle版 発売中です


短歌 東直子
イラストレーション 木内達朗

発売: 2012/11/11 サイズ: 20 MB
言語: 日本語


Ai o Omou
for Kindle (any devices)
released: 2013/11/11 size: 20 MB
Language: Japanese

「Ai o Omou」go to Kindle page 

「泣きながらあなたを洗うゆめをみた触角のない蝶に追われて」 愛についての切れ切れの想いを短歌ということばの形におさめてきた東。シンプルなのにどこまでも深い木内の絵。短歌と絵が溶けあい、濃密な世界を紡ぐ。

56ページ/Kindle版 2013/11発売(初版本 2004/09発売)



東 直子
歌人、作家。「草かんむりの訪問者」30 首で第7回歌壇賞受賞。

Twitter: @higashin
Website “NaoQ”:

木内 達朗
イラストレーター。1966年東京生まれ。国際基督教大学教養学部理学科卒業後、渡米しイラストレーションの勉強を始める。Art Center
College of Design卒業。1992年に帰国、以後フリー。書籍装画、挿絵を中心に活動。絵本に『あかにんじゃ』(穂村弘・作/岩崎書店)、マンガに『チキュウズィン』(中経出版)など。ボローニャ国際絵本原画展、American
Illustration、ADC New York、Communication



*東直子作・木内達朗絵の「はじめてのおでかけ絵本シリーズ」に『あめ ぽぽぽ』『ほわほわ さくら』『ゆき ふふふ』『うみ ざざざ』『さわさわ もみじ』(すべてくもん出版)がある。