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Japanese literature



The twenty volume Man’youshuu is the oldest anthology of poems in Japan. It was compiled by Ootomo no Yakamochi and others over an extended period until its completion in the mid- 8th century. It includes approximately 4500 poems from a plethora of people including an exalted emperor, and an unknown peasant. The style of writing is predominately Man’you-gana (a phonetic form of writing), unlike the 751 anthology of poems, Kaifuusou, which is written in the more continental form of kanji.

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