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A Short Study of Japanese RENGA: The Trans-Subjective Creation of Poetic Atmosphere

  • Tadashi OgawaEmail author
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Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 109)

Abstract

Renga is a form of the traditional Japanese poetry which first appeared in a Japanese mythology. Renga is in a trans-subjective way with plural people creating one poetry in the same place. Unlike a wide-spreading belief, Matsuo Basho (1644–1694) was in fact a master of Renga rather than being a haikist. It was Masaoka Shiki who invented both the term and the concept of haiku in the Meiji Era. Renga is a kind of ‘linked poems’ (tsurane-uta) collaborated by plural subjectivities. Linking two strophes is called tsuke-ku. Basho admitted that there are a number of followers who could create a hokku as skillfully as he could, but that he had no rivals when it came to the art of linking and judging. We elucidate this linking (tsuke) by applying the passive synthesis theory of Husserl’s phenomenology in terms of identity, similarity and contrast. On top of that, renga makes use of certain cinematic methods like montage, focus, zoom, overlap and so forth. This essay is written in collaboration between Tadashi and Kiyoko Ogawa which may deserve an essay on renga in its true sense.

Keywords

Modern Literature Buddhist Statue Passive Synthesis Cherry Blossom Collaborative Creation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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