Saturday, May 26, 2012
Today, I returned to Kanagawa Modern Literary Museum to see the exhibition on Saito Mokichi's works, his personal belongings, and letters. I was pleasantly surprised that they were scheduled to have a special event on Mokichi with lectures and a panel discussion. One thousand yen included an admission to the exhibit, too.
It was all very interesting. I listened to Mokichi's reading on tape . As I've imagined before, yes, he had the wonderful northeast accent. He was 14 years old when he went to Tokyo. That explained to me, besides his inclination to the language of the ancient manyo-shu, he had applied his northeast pronunciation into his tanka. I think some beat or mora or whatever we call one sound of kana is sometimes missing in his tanka. I'm far from an expert, but I'm pretty sure of it. Of course, that doesn't make his work any less valuable. It was fascinating to find out a lot of things today. Now I enjoy reading his books.