People, Jan. 25, 1960

All Japan was jumping. Another year had rolled around, and the annual New Year poetry contest results were proclaimed. This year the subject of the 31-syllable waka competition was "Light,'' a topic chosen by Emperor Hirohito himself. There were more than 23,000 entrants, the most ever, and the 15 winners (Japan's royalty is excluded) included a blind lady who submitted her poem in Braille, and a humble lady day laborer (of a class known to Japanese as anko, which is, in turn, a fish that is mostly mouth and stomach). The Emperor's waka (which always seems to lose a certain something...

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