Liza Dalby touched on how misunderstandings so easily occurs when one language is translated into another. The iris, ayame in Japanese, is the plant and flower the Japanese think of when they think of the flower that once decorated the Heian era palaces. Actually the plant was Acoruscalamus, sweet flag or also known as blue flag.
This essay stopped me in my tracts. I began thinking about all the different ways miscommunication happens, inaccurate translations and limited listening to name just two. I began seeing how much miscommunication was happening in my life. This essay once again prompted me to do some research.
I also enjoyed reading how she wrote her first and last waka.