May 9, 2019
Song of Modern Syllabary: A Vowel Poem
Constructed using almost every syllable in the Japanese language, this poem evokes an image of Beppu in spring.
「やねそめて さくらまうころ ゆけむりのちへ
「YA NE SO ME TE SA KU RA MA U KO RO YU KE MU RI NO CHI E
NU RE TA SE NA KA NI HO SHI FU RU YO
A O I TSU KI MO SU MI HI TO HA O E N」
The time of dancing cherry blossoms
To the land of steam
Nights of falling stars
On drenched shoulders
A tranquil blue moon
People at peace
I’d like to congratulate APU on the 20th anniversary of its foundation.
I am deeply honored to teach the Japanese language to international students from around the world here at APU. I look forward to seeing APU build, expand, and deepen its connections around the world in a variety of forms.
Center for Language Education