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MYS III: 250

(Seven of) Eight poems composed by Hitomaro, Lord Kakinomoto, when travelling.

玉藻刈る敏馬を過ぎて夏草の野島が崎に船近づきぬ

tamamo karu
minume wo sugite
natu kusa nö
nosima ga saki ni
pune tikadukinu
Reaping gemweed,
Minume I went beyond, and
To the summer grasses of
Nojima Point
My boat drew near.

Said in a certain volume to be ‘when I lodged at Nojima Point after leaving a maiden’.

Cremation

At the time Hitomaro was writing, cremation was still a rarity in Japan, the nobility much preferring burial in a tumulus, or mound. Cremation was a Buddhist custom and so it is likely the maiden was a follower of that religion.