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Jidai fudō uta’awase

Poets

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Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (late C7th)Middle Counsellor [Minamoto no] Tsunenobu (1016-1097)
Yamabe no Akahito (active 724-737)The Hosshōji Lay Priest and Former Chancellor and Palace Minister [Fujiwara no Tadamichi] (1097-1164)
Middle Counsellor [Ōtomo no] Yakamochi (ca. 716-785)Middle Counsellor [Minamoto no] Kunizane (1069-1111)
Consultant Ono no Takamura (802-853)Monk Saigyō (1118-1190)
Middle Cousellor [Ariwara no] Yukihira (818-893)Master of the Dowager Empress Household Office [Fujiwara no] Toshinari [Shunzei] (1114-1204)
Archbishop Henjō (816-890?)Former Major Archbishop Jien (1155-1225)
Ono no Komachi (f) (ca. 833-857)[Fujiwara no] Ietaka, Senior Third Rank (1158-1237)
Lord Ariwara no Narihira (825-880)The Gokyōgoku Regent and Former Palace Minister [Saionji Kintsune] (1171-1244)
Lord Fujiwara no Toshiyuki (?-901/907)Tango (f) (dates unknown)[i]
Ise (f) (877?-940?)Lord Fujiwara no Kiyosuke (1104-1177)
Prince Motoyoshi (890-943)Supernumerary Middle Counsellor [Fujiwara no] Sada’ie [Teika] (1162-1241)
Monk Sosei (ca. 844-910)Master of the Palace Repairs Office [Fujiwara no] Akisue (1055-1123)
Ariwara no Motokata (active late 800s-900s)The Naka no in Minister of the Right [Minamoto no Masasada源 雅定] (1094-1162)
Engi [Emperor Daigo] (884-930; r. 987-930)The Later Hosshōji Lay Priest and Former Chancellor and Palace Minister [Fujiwara no Kanezane] (1149-1207)
Taira no Sadafun (870?-923?)Senior Assistant Governor-General of Dazai, [Fujiwawa no] Shige’ie (1128-1181)
Middle Counsellor [Fujiwara no] Kanesuke (877-933)Supernumerary Middle Counsellor [Fujiwara no] Toshitada (1073-1123)
Ki no Tomonori (850?-904?)Monk Ryōzen [ca. 998-1064]
Ki no Tsurayuki (872?-945)Master of the Left Capital Office [Fujiwara no] Akisuke (1090-1155)
Ōshikōchi no Mitsune (active 898-922)Murasaki Shikibu (f) (?-1014?)
Mibu no Tadamine (active 898-920)Lord Minamoto no Toshiyori [Shunrai] (1055?-1129?)
Consultant Minamoto no Hitoshi (880-951)Kii, in service to the First Princess[ii] (mid-Heian period)
Ōe no Chisato (active 889-923)Consultant [Asukai] Masatsune (1170-1221)
Sakanoue no Korenori (?-930)Monk Shun’e (1113-1191?)
Kiyowara no Fukayabu (dates unknown)Lord Fujiwara no Norinaga (993-?)
Semimaru (dates unknown)Monk Nōin (988-1051)
Seishin-kō [Fujiwara no Saneyori] (900-970)Former Emperor Sutoku (1119-1164; r. 1123-1142)
Middle Counsellor [Fujiwara no] Atsutada (906-943)Sagami (f) (1000?-?)
The Ise Virgin and Junior Consort [Princess Yoshiko (Kishi)] (929-985) (f)Imperial Princess Shikishi (f) (1149-1201)
Ukon (f) (active 933-966)Handmaid Koshikibu (f) (999?-1025)
Nakatsukasa (f) (912-991)The Hanazono Minister of the Left [Minamoto no Arihito 源有仁] (1103-1147)
Minamoto no Sane’akira (910-970)Minister of Justice [Fujiwara no] Norikane (1107-1165)
Kentoku-kō [Fujiwara no Koretada/Koremasa藤原 伊尹] (924-972)Former Emperor Shirakawa (1053-1129; r. 1073-1087)
Taira no Kanemori (?-991)Fujiwara no Hideyoshi/Hidetō (1184-1240)
Minamoto no Shitagō (911-983)Monk Jakunen/Jakuzen (1118?-?)
The Mother of Lord Michitsuna (f) (935?-995)Kojijū (f) (1121-1202)
Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu (921-991)Hōribe no Narinaka (1099-1191)
Kiyowara no Motosuke (908-990)Lord Fujiwara no Takanobu (1142-1205)
Minamoto no Shigeyuki (?-1000?)Monk Jakuren (1139?-1202?)
Kō no naishi [Takashina no Takako (Kishi) 高階 貴子] (?-996) (f)Sanuki (f) (1141?-1217?)[iii]
Former Emperor Kazan (968-1008; r. 984-986)The Later Tokudaiji Minister of the Left [Tokudaiji Sanesada 徳大寺 実定] (1139-1192)
Monk Egyō (dates unknown)Fujiwara no Mototoshi (1060-1142)
Sone no Yoshitada (dates unknownFormer Middle Counsellor [Ōe no] Masafusa (1041-1111)
Minamoto no Michinari (?-1019)[Fujiwara no] Kinhira Middle Captain of the Inner Palace Guards, Left Division (1158?-1193)
Fujiwara no Nagayoshi/Nagatō (949-1009)Minister of the Treasury [Fujiwara no] Ari’ie (1155-1216)
Lord Fujiwara no Sanekata (958-998)Taikenmon’in Horikawa (f) (dates unknown)
Lord Fujiwara no Michinobu (972-994)Major Archbishop Gyōson (1055/57-1135)
Minister of Central Affairs, Prince Tomohira (964-1009)A Fool’s Composition [Gotoba] (1180-1239; r. 1183-1198)
Uma no naishi (f) (949-1011)Supernumerary Middle Counsellor [Minamoto no] Morotoki (1077-1136)
Akazome Emon (f) (active 976-1041)Inpumon’in no Taiyu (dates uknown; active 1130-1200) (f)
Izumi Shikbu (f) (976?-?)Kunaikyō (f) (dates unknown)

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[i] This poet has a range of sobriquets, although she is most commonly known as Tango, in service to former Empress Taeko (Gishūmon’in no tango宜秋門院丹後), as she was a lady-in-waiting to Kujō Taeko (Ninshi) 九条任子 (1173-1239), known posthumously as Gishūmon’in 宜秋門院, who was empress to Emperor Gotoba. Tango’s other sobriets are Tango in service to the Regent’s Household (Sesshō-ke no tango 摂政家丹後), Tango-shōjō 丹後少将 and the Nun Tango (Tango zen’ni 丹後禅尼).

[ii] More commonly known as Kii, from the Residence of Imperial Princess Sukeko (Yūshi-naishinnōke no kii 祐子内親王家紀伊).     

[iii] More generally known as Sanuki from the Nijō Palace (Nijō’in no sanuki 二条院讃岐).

SIS XI: 622

From the Poetry Match held during the reign of the Tenryaku Emperor.

しのぶれど色にいでにけりわが恋は物や思ふと人のとふまで

sinoburedo
iro ni idenikeri
wa ga koFi Fa
mono ya omoFu to
Fito no toFu made
I kept it secret, yet
Passion will reveal itself!
So of my love,
‘What is it troubles you so?’
Do folk enquire…

Taira no Kanemori

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Jidai fudō uta’awase 42

Round Forty-Two

Left

はかなくもあけにけるかな朝露のおきてののちぞきえまさりける

hakanaku mo
akenikeru kana
asatsuyu no
okite no nochi zo
kiemasarikeru
How swiftly
Dawn has broken!
The morning dew
Arises, then
Vanishes so skillfully—as do you!

83[i]

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ながらへてかはるこころをみるよりはあふにいのちをかへてましやは

nagaraete
kawaru kokoro o
miru yori wa
au ni inochi o
kaetemashi ya wa
To live on and
Your inconstant heart
See—Would I rather
For a meeting my life
Exchange

84[ii]


[i] SKKS XIII: 1171: Presented to the Ōmi Concubine.

[ii] A minor variant on SZS XIV: 881: Composed on the conception of unmet love with varying emotions, when he was ordered to produce a hundred poem sequence.

SZS XIV: 881

Composed on the conception of unmet love with varying emotions, when he was ordered to produce a hundred poem sequence.

ながらへてかはるこころをみるよりはあふにいのちをかへてましかば

nagaraFete
kaFaru kokoro wo
miru yori Fa
aFu ni inoti wo
kaFetemashi ka ba
To live on and
Your inconstant heart
See—I’d rather
For a meeting my life
Exchange…

The Regent and Minister of the Right

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Jidai fudō uta’awase 41

Round Forty-One

Left

むらさきの色にこころはあらねどもふかくぞ人をおもひそめつる

murasaki no
iro ni kokoro wa
aranedomo
fukaku zo hito o
omoisometuru
The violet[i]
Hue is in my heart
Nowhere to be found
Yet deeply have you
Started to stain my thoughts.

81[ii]

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しのぶるに心のひまはなけれどもなほもる物はなみだなりけり

shinoburu ni
kokoro ni hima wa
nakeredomo
nao moru mono wa
namida narikeri
Secretly longing,
My heart has cracks
Not a one, yet
Still leaking out are
My tears.

82[iii]


[i] The colour violet (murasaki), was renowned as being particularly deep, so the implication is that Daigo’s love is deeper than the deepest dye.

[ii] SKKS XI: 995: Sent to the Chūjō Junior Consort.

[iii] SKKS XI: 1037: Hidden love, when he composed a Hundred Poem Sequence.

Jidai fudō uta’awase 40

Round Forty

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あし引の山郭公けふとてやあやめの草のねにたててなく

ashihiki no
yamahototogisu
kyō tote ya
ayame no kusa no
ne ni tatete naku
Leg wearying,
The mountain cuckoo,
Knowing today, perhaps,
On the sweet-flag
Roots does perch and sing.

Engi

79[i]

Right

ゆふさればをののあさぢふ玉ちりてこころくだくる風の音かな

yū sareba
ono no asajū
tama chirite
kokoro kudakuru
kaze no oto kana
When the evening comes
All across the cogon-grass plain
Scatter gemstones—
Heart-tangling is
The sound of wind!

The Later Hosshōji Lay Priest and Former Chancellor and Palace Minister

80[ii]


[i] SIS II: 111: Topic unknown.

[ii] SZS IV: 272: Composed as an autumn poem.