Kotan Chronicles: Selected Poems 1928-1943

Sarashina Genzō, Nadine Willems (Translator)

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Kotan Chronicles by Genzō Sarashina takes the reader into the lives of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, and their interaction with Japanese settlers in the 1920s and 1930s, a period when the traditional world of the kotan, or Ainu village, was being destroyed by the rapid development of the island. With a distinctive and powerful artistic voice, vividly captured in Nadine Willems‘s translation, the poems probe this extraordinary cultural encounter in Japan’s far north, depicting both the beauty of the Hokkaido landscape and the back-breaking work required to survive there in an era of economic hardship. Kotan Chronicles constitutes an exceptional witness of its times.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTokyo & London
PublisherIsobar Press
Number of pages108
ISBN (Print)978-4-907359-19-5, 978-4-907359-20-1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Japan
  • Poetry
  • Anarchism
  • Ainu

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