Lion's Roar Foundation – 14th Annual Lion's Roar Foundation Auction
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Neko-Chan Trading Company: "Japanese Death Poems" Compiled by Yoel Hoffman

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The successful bidder for this item will receive a hardcover copy of Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death from Neko-Chan Trading Company.

Compiled by Yoel Hoffmann These death poems reflect important aspects of Japanese culture still largely unfamiliar to many Western readers. In Japan, the approach of death has occasionally been a time for poets to observe a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem", often written in the very last moments of the poet's life. Hoffman explores the attitudes and customs surrounding death in historical and present-day Japan, and examines the development of writing jisei--from the poems of longing of the early nobility and the more "masculine" verses of the samurai to the satirical death poems of later centuries. 

Neko-Chan "searches the planet to find and bring you the unusual, tools and gifts that enrich the spirit." Its catalog is brimming with everything from  the practical - incense, malas and books - to the unusual - pottery, textiles and cats! "A package from Neko-Chan should bring a smile to your face."

The company "will not knowingly deal in any items which are produced by 'sweatshops', prison labor, slave labor, child labor...and (has) a policy of across-the-board boycotting of products from China to protest the Chinese take-over of Tibet." They go on to say that "There are many struggling artisans and craftpersons in China who deserve a break" and that they continue to look for and support them.

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