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Aru tokoro no uta’awase – Engi yo-nen izen

Shinpen kokka taikan no.
Heian-chō uta’awase taisei no.14
Romanised TitleAru tokoro no uta’awase
Translated TitlePoetry Contest held in a Certain Place
Alternative Title(s)
DateAutumn, Before Engi 4 [904]
Extant Poems1
Identifiable ParticipantsKi no Yoshimochi 紀淑望 (?-919)

The only remaining evidence of this poetry competition is that one of its poems was included in Kokinshū (V:251) with the headnote, ‘Composed at a poetry competition on the topic of autumn’. Hagitani (1963, 115) suggests that the contest should be considered as taking place prior to Engi 4 [904], as the vast majority of poems selected for Kokinshū were composed prior to that year. The absense of any further identifying information about the contest further suggests it was a small-scale private event. Yoshimochi is generally better known for his compositions in Chinese, and this poem is the only surviving evidence we have for his participation in uta’awase.