This book introduces one century of the history of the Japanese gardeners, via 210 of the beautiful senryu poems that they wrote. Sunny Seki, a.k.a. Sankyaku Seki, teaches senryu in Los Angeles.
From author/compiler Sankyaku Seki:
"This story was originally published in Japanese in The Rafu Shimpo. However in this book we added an English translation. The United States is made of immigrants, and people who come here usually follow the trails of the former pioneers of their countries. It seems to me that the people who come here today are so fast-paced, they do not even think about who originally made their trip here possible. To gain knowledge about Nikkei history, I was fortunate to learn from senryu writers, most of whom are former gardeners. So that this part of history will not be forgotten, I feel an obligation to leave a written record of what I was told. For future generations, it is important to pass this on in English so that the new generation will realize their connection among Japan, the United States, and their ancestors. This book will hopefully give everyone an opportunity to recognize the value of senryu in both life and literature. If this publication serves to recognize past pioneers and then leave souvenirs to future Nikkei generations, I will be happy."
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“The graves of gardeners are always protected by trees and flowers.”