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Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator specializing in Japanese Shiatsu and Reiki. She writes for Massage and Aromatherapy publications. She travels the world to expand her knowledge of healing and seeking writing inspiration. She has walked the Great Wall of China and visited Nepal (during the civil war), Japan, Egypt (two weeks before “The Arab Spring”), Peru, and France (during December’s terrorist attacks).

Her poetry appears in Magazines: here/there: poetry in the UK, Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature in Canada, Tincture in Australia, Cha: Asian Literary Review, Hong Hong, China, Latchkey Tales in New Zealand, Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, mgv2>publishing in France, and Travel by the Book, Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, Emerge Literary Journal, and others in the USA. 

 


Japan & Korea


Blog Posted:8/12/2013 6:28:00 PM
Daily writers on Soup and all over the world use forms of verse created in foreign countries and know nothing of that countries history or modern daily life. My new contest is an attempt to have you learn a bit about Japan [ancient or modern], and Korea [ancient or modern] and show it to the reader through use of the forms invented by these two culturally rich countries.


College students wearing traditional costumes perform traditional ritual at a Confucian shrine in Seoul, South Korea, May 11, 2012. The Confucius ritual is staged twice a year at the Confucian Shrine at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, which was built during the Joseon Dynasty in 1398 for Korean Confucian scholars to honor Confucius. (Xinhua/Park Jin-hee

Did you know Confucianism and a scholar class flourished in Korea? Did you know that Buddhism was dominant in Korea for hundreds of years, and that Confucianism rose to prominence as a faith in the 14th century? Japan annexed Korea in 1910 and it remained a colony of Japan until the end of WWII, 1945.

Or, that there were indigenous people called the Ainu [the word means HUMAN, it is what they call themselves similar to me, to the Native Americans who call themselves ..the people..I believe?] in Japan before the Chinese invaded and colonized the islands? They were a society of hunter-gatherers, who lived mainly by hunting and fishing, and the people followed a religion based on phenomena of nature. They are animists.


The Ainu are a people with a cultural and racial background which is different from that of the ethnic Japanese. They have been populating Hokkaido, northern Tohoku, the Kurile Islands and Sakhalin, but today only a small population remains mainly in Hokkaido.

According to one of several theories, the Ainu are descendants of Mongoloid migrants {[an you see the Russian influence in the clothes?] who entered the Japanese islands before the Jomon period. They were later displaced and assimilated, when the ethnic Japanese expanded their territory northernwards.

In the Meiji Period (1868-1912), the Ainu received the status of "former aboriginals", but suffered under official discrimination for some years. In 1997, a new law was passed which provides funds for the research and promotion of Ainu culture.

Step into the larger world friends, be it MODERN Japan since the tsunami, or present day Korea, North or South. Write for me a verse in THEIR forms telling of life in one of these VERY Interesting cultures!

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 6:45:00 AM
    Yes Andie I'm sure you'll think of something interesting, I will add more info as the days pass.

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 6:44:00 AM
    Thanks Craig it's always nice to learn new things!

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 12:25:00 AM
    I need to read up! My students from those countries have told me things but not things that would work well in these poetry forms. I really hope to do this one.

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  1. Date: 8/12/2013 7:45:00 PM
    Very interesting Debbie--thank you

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Gold Fever Free versefaithfaith,political,
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Bells (after Poe) Lyricpassion
Respectfully, Emily Dickinson Lyricintrospection
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The Bruised and Rotting Pear Coupletfaith,hope
fly Free verseanimals
ABC's for a Young Captain ABClife
Not Entirely About Living In New York Free verselifeworld,light,light,
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Dreams Free versefaith,forgiveness
A Feed of Chips Narrativefunny
Weep O Willows Versedeath
Harlem Blues Free verseblack-african amerchildre
Summers Everlasting Free versenostalgia
EASTER IVY Narrativefriendshipeaster,,cousin,
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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Past-Life Nightmare Narrativemystery,autumn,
I dream of you (to JEW) Free verseimagination,lovenight,swe
jellyfish back strophe Imagismallegory,nature,on writin
Disposable Wisdom Rhymeage,cat,life,wisdom,
Loneliness Rhymeintrospection,life
Remission (In Memory of William Watt). Elegybrother,death,nostalgiawo
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Summer Matinee Narrativebrother,me,
The Moon and I I do not know?hope,life,love,nature,pea
Seeking, Searching Free verseimaginationlove,
BEFORE SPRING CAME Narrativeadventure,animals,childho
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winter (do not forget among the loss of flowers) me Free verse 
Let I do not know?loveme,me,
He Was Smoking Hot I do not know?funny
Alabaster Night Free versenature,sea,
Haunted Orb Haikufantasy,nature
This Night Sonnet 
Tombstones & Teacups Rhymeallegory,childhood,death,
Today Not Tomorrow Free versededication,depression,gir
Years Of The Rose Free verselost love,loveday,
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Cinder Girl Rhymelovelove,
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Figure Fusion Verseart,sports
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