(Japanese) poetry reaches the mobile world

The modern and the old go hand in hand. You never know where the tradition is going to emerge. In Japan, an ancestral country at the forefront of technology (is it not a paradox ?, or is it not?) It has become fashionable to use mobile phones as a platform for writing tankas, a 1,300-year-old Japanese poetic form that consists of 31 syllable compositions following the pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. Young people have launched to compose tankas and on the radio, for three years now, a program collects tankas sent from the mobile, 21,000 collected at this time.

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