Ame ni mo makezu - Strong in the rain - Watasi wa naritai!

Strong in the rain
Strong in the wind
Strong against the summer heat and snow
He is healthy and robust
He never loses his temper
Nor the quiet smile on his lips
He eats four go of unpolished rice
Miso and a few vegetables a day
He does not consider himself
In whatever occurs...his understanding
Comes from observation and experience
And he never loses sight of things
He lives in a little thatched-roof hut
In a field in the shadows of a pine tree grove
If there is a sick child in the east
He goes there to nurse the child
If there's a tired mother in the west
He goes to her and carries her sheaves
If someone is near death in the south
He goes and says, "Don't be afraid"
If there's strife and lawsuits in the north
He demands that the people put an end to their pettiness
He weeps at the time of drought
He plods about at a loss during the cold summer
Everyone calls him "Blockhead"
No one sings his praises
Or takes him to heart...
That is the sort of person
I want to be!

Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) este, fara indoiala, considerat ca fiind cel mai mare poet din Japonia secolului 20. Putin cunoscut in timpul vietii sale, a murit la 37 de tuberculoza, dar a devenit extrem de iubit, in special de copii, ca autor de povesti magice care au fost traduse in mai multe limbi, adaptate pentru scena si transformate in filme si animatii.
Puternic in ploaie - titlul poemului care este acum cel mai celebru poem modern din Japonia - incurajeaza victimele dezastrului recent din luna martie.
Kenji Miyazawa s-a nascut in prefectura Iwate unde multe vieti au fost afectate de recentul dezastru. Coincidenta sau nu, chiar inainte de nasterea poetului si inainte de decesul sau, a avut loc, de asemenea, cate un cutremur foarte mare in regiunea Iwate.

Puternic in ploaie simbolizeaza caracterul stoic al oamenilor din această regiune care nu vor renunta niciodata la refacerea vietii dupa vreun dezastru.

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