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Harvard professor wins 22nd Yamagata Banto Prize

Edwin A.Cranston (photo), professor of Japanese literature at Harvard University, has been chosen as the winner of the 22nd Yamagata Banto Prize, 2007, according to the Osaka Prefectural Government. The prize was established by the local government to commemorate Yamagata Banto, Osaka's internationally relevant self-taught scholar of the late Edo era (1603-1867). An award ceremony and commemorative lecture will be held on Feb.19, 2008, at Rihga Royal Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka City.
Cranston, 75, published 'A Waka Anthology, Volume One: The Gem-Glistening Cup'(Stanford Univ. Press) in 1993. He selected and translated 1,578 poems from 'Manyoshu'(The Anthology of Myriad Leaves)etc., Japan's oldest waka anthology, providing detailed annotations and explanations on the backgrounds of the poems. Volume II, which contains 2,724 waka poems from the early Heian era to the 11th century, was published in 2006. His works made a great contribution to research on Japanese waka history in foreign countries, primarily in the United States and Europe.

For inquiries, please contact Cultural Affairs Division, Osaka Prefectural Government (Tel: 06-6944-9140; URL: http://www.pref.osaka.jp/).