山の雪 踏む人を我れ 知らねども 世に消息を 絶たずして行け 晶子 Yama no yuki fumu hito wo Ware shirane domo Yo ni shosoku wo Tatazushite ike Akiko
Poet Akiko Yosano, who has ties to Yosano Town, announced this tanka poem in March 1936. It is one of a series named “Yama ni Omou” she composed during a trip to Mt. Haruna in Ikaho (Gunma Prefecture). The year before, she lost her beloved husband Tekkan, but she never stopped traveling and composing poems. Mt. Haruna was especially memorable for her and her husband. She could not hide her grief over her travel companion husband in her poems. When she noticed anonymous travelers entering the snowy mountain, she probably thought they must have family and loved ones which perhaps made her write the poem with a warm heart.