What a delight it is
When, skimming through the pages
Of a book, I discover
A man written of there
Who is just like me.

—Tachibana Akemi

[From: POEMS OF SOLITARY DELIGHTS… Tachibana broke from tradition by writing poems about whatever he was contemplating at the time, including household minutia, industrial activity, and even nationalism, rather than limiting himself to nature scenes and romantic themes. He lived in voluntary poverty voluntary but that environment inspired “some of his most endearing poems, those describing the little pleasures of a poor scholar’s life.”]