Tanaka Rie no Hyakunin Isshu [Tanaka Rie's "The Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets"]

CD No: Dears DEARS-0001
Release date: 9 Jun 2006
Price: Y1000
Total length: 57:13 (99 tracks)

This is Rie's reading of 'Hyakunin Isshu.' The term means a collection of hundred poems by one hundred different poets but to general Japanese it practically means Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, one selected by Fujiwara Teika in the thirteen century (note that he selected poems of various era spanning roughly 600 years so the oldest ones are from the seventh century). As all the poems are in ancient Japanese, they are hard to understand fully even to Japanese although some them are taught (or explained) at school.
Card games ('karuta') were derived from it later in the history and some of them are played even now, especially at the New Year. The game is often featured in anime/manga etc for their "New Year" episodes.
An important question to me is whether the girl of the cover illustration is supposed to be Rie herself ^_^;;
Unfortunately the CD is rather cheaply made (well, the low price is a good thing, though) and I think it remains to be purely a collector's item. Due to the limitation of the CD format, Tracks 98 and 99 have two poems each.

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1.-99. Tanaka Rie no Hyakunin Isshu 57:13
[Tanaka Rie's "The Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets"]

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