BD. Edmund Blunden
58. Matsushima. [Tokyo: privately printed], 1948.
Blunden’s Christmas card for 1948 (see also
and 67) contains this verse celebration
of Matsushima, printed between illustrations of the islands. A Japanese
translation by Shiratori Seigo appeared in a brochure of the Tourist Society
of Matsushima in 1955, and the poem and Shiratori’s translation
of it are engraved on a five-foot stone tablet on a hilltop overlooking
Matsushima (see 160ay-az).
Other Blunden verses are engraved on tablets on each of Japan’s
main islands (see also 118 and 136).
This work is reprinted in 68, 84,
113, and 165.