In a typical, royal, Japanese household, the first way to usher in a new year is to sing a “Tanga,” a type of short poem widely respected by the Japanese. It’s an art that requires great practice and literary talent, a tradition that has become a part of national policy.
“Tanga” is a challenging genre of art even for the Japanese. But a Korean named Son Ho-yeon has managed to successfully write these poems and move hearts across borders. This special documentary examines Son’s love for Tanga and how it exceeded beyond matters of national boundaries, helping further cultural exchanges between Korea and Japan.
Experience Son’s beautiful poems with this 50-minute documentary.
Producer / Park Shin-sung