By Sako Ikegami, Kobe
The famous poem Ame ni mo makezu, sometimes translated as “Be Not Defeated by the Rain,” was discovered in one of the notebooks of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933).
Miyazawa, to whom the URL of this blog pays homage, was a children’s author and poet who hailed from Iwate Prefecture in Tohoku, northeastern Japan.
How would you like to show us your rendering of Kenji’s poem? Feel free to post your translation in the comments section. For inspiration, perhaps you’d like to view the YouTube videos below.
Read with a Tohoku intonation:
And translated into the Iwate dialect: The actual poem reading starts around 1:35.