175 pages / Oct. 1998 / 1,000 yen (w/o tax)
A compilation of works by the "Prayer Poet," Shinmin Sakamura, who continues to encourage and enhance the lives of many!
Often hailed as “the people’s poet,” Shinmin Sakamura’s simply written poems are deep with emotion and unlimited passion, have touched the hearts of so many, and are highly praised not only in Japan but also internationally.
The fact that his poems including “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” are carved on over 737 stone monuments located throughout Japan and across every continent except Antarctica can surely be considered a modern miracle and phenomenon.
This anthology spans 50 years of Shinmin Sakamura’s career, with masterpieces carefully selected from over 10,000 poems including “Where There’s a Will,” “There’s a Way,” “Since We Do Not Live Twice,” and “Birds Must Fly,” making this a highly anticipated, definitive work of 128 poems.
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Since We Do Not Live Twice
The Soles of Your Feet Are Blessed
To Troubled “Ms. S”
Let’s Do Something
It has already been close to 20 years since I first met Mr. Sakamura.
Completely touched and captivated by the world of his poetry, I sent him a letter saying, “Please allow us to publish an anthology of your poetry.”
I paid Mr. Sakamura a visit and spoke with him at his home in Ehime Prefecture, but he declined my offer to publish the book.
However, seemingly due to our persistence he gradually opened up to the idea, and we received a long scroll of Japanese-style paper on which was written, “There has not yet been a compilation of my works published bearing the title of my famous work, ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.’ I would like you to release it.”
Overwhelmed with joy, when I went back to Mr. Sakamura’s place, tenderstem broccoli was in full bloom on the banks of the nearby Shigenobu River.
Nothing would make me happier than if this book could give even a small amount of courage and strength to people who are struggling and in need of being uplifted.
I would like many people to read this anthology.