The waka (traditional verse) printed here are delightful expressions of the 31-syllable form of tanka poetry of Japan. The Emperor's poems evoke a caring and perceptive mind, while the Empress reveals a sensitivity and concern for family and honored individuals. The effort gives an appealing insight into the ideas of the royalty of Japan. Inclusion of the poems at the end of the book in their original, as well as in transliteration, will permit greater use of this volume by scholars and those who prefer to read works in their original language. The book represents the publisher's usual excellent printing, binding, editing, and selection of paper. Highly recommended for collections of Japanalia and international poetry and as a rare treat for the connoisseur of foreign poetic forms.-- Mike Heines, USAF Rome Laboratory, N.Y.