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“Tsuyuhara: Kashu”: a collection of tanka by Matsumura Eiichi

Tsuyuhara : kashu/露原:  歌集 (Prange Call No. PL-53404) is a collection of tanka by Matsumura Eiichi/松村英一 published in 1947 by Shin Kigensha.  This book is particularly interesting because as many as 34 tankas out of 777 were deleted by the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD).

According to Shin kenkyuu shiryo gendai Nihon bungaku, vol. 5/新研究資料現代日本文学第5巻, Matsumura’s work was known for depicting daily life. (p.130)  The tankas in this book were written between 1940 and 1945 and are an important source for understanding his personal reactions to the war and the impact it had on him and on the lives of the Japanese people.

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Afterword. (Click to enlarge)

In the afterword, Matsumura writes that he was only able to save one draft of his book, Hyoseki/標石; all others were destroyed during the war.  Tsuyuhara: Kashu was based on Hyoseki.

In addition to Tsuyuhara: kashu, there are 15 tanka collections with deletions by the CCD in the Prange Collection. The Prange literature collection is still being processed — this number is as of 7/9/2015.

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