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Japan has a great literary tradition. Haiku,one of the best poetry forms in all languages, was perfected in Japan (it is suggested that Haiku was originally developed in China). Japanese literature has a wide variety of poetry forms such as haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka etc. 

I don't know the Japanese language, but I take interest in studying Japanese poetry forms.

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If you like Japanese poetry, might I recommend Japanese Death Poetry?  It's not as morbid as it sounds.  Japanese death poetry is primarily written by Buddhist monks as they die.  It's their final moments forever immortalized through haiku and other poetic verse forms.  I find them deeply moving.

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