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Sazan said that he derived his realistic style from Song poetry and that in this he followed the Japanese poet Rikunyo (17341801). However, to select one aspect of Song poetry is in itself a matter of personal choice and although there is no doubt that it was Rikunyo who pioneered this style of realistic poetry, it did not become the mainstream of Japanese poetry in Chinese until after Sazan. In fact, Sazan' s poetry was the most widely read of any in the early nineteenth century. He himself said, 'I write of actual things and describe reality.
Seishisai's later work Jimusaku (Policies for the Times) of 1862, eight years after the Japan-America Friendship Treaty, supports trade with foreign countries. In 1837 Fujita Toko prepared the first draft of Nariaki's account of the work of the institute he had established for the formulation of the Mito political ideology, K6d6kanki (Records of the Kodokan), and, during a period of enforced idleness and house-arrest (following Nariaki's resignation and house-arrest), wrote a volume of personal reminiscence, Kaitenshishi (1844), and later Seiki no uta (Song of the Great Spirit, 1845) and Kodokan kijutsugi (Essential Records of the Kodokan, 184647).
Ik6, Vol. 3) However old one becomes, the yearnings for spring remain the same- an apparently casual poem in which one feels the interior balance of a poet capable of looking at his whole life from beginning to end. The things that could have disturbed this balance, the rude intrusion into Japan of the outside world in the form of warships and internal disintegration that led to peasant risings, were still in the future. All that Sazan knew of the West was that western astronomy seemed superior to that of China, a fact he mentions in passing in an essay appended to his verse collections.