Category Archives: Genji Monogatari

kokoro ate ni

心あてにそれかとぞ見る白露の光そへたる夕顔の花

kokoro ate ni
sore ka to zo miru
siratuyu no
Fikari soFetaru
yuFgaFo no Fana
I wonder
If I see it true?
Silver dewfall
Brushing light
Upon the moonflower blossom…

Imoseyama

妹背山深き道をばたづねずて緒絶えの橋に踏みまどひける

imoseyama
Fukaki miti wo ba
tadunezute
wodae no Fasi ni
FumimadoFikeru
Brother and sister, of the mountain’s
Secret paths
I have not enquired;
Upon the bridge of Odae
I wander in confusion.

Taesezi no

たえせじの我が頼みにや宇治橋の遥けき中を待ちわたるべき

taesezi no
wa ga tanomi ni ya
udibasi no
Farukeki naka wo
matiwatarubeki
Never for this to end
Is that what I want?
Beyond the bridge at Uji
A distant bond,
Simply ever awaiting…

fukimidaru

吹亂る風のけしきに女郎花しをれしぬべき心ちこそすれ

fukimidaru
kaze no keshiki ni
ominaeshi
shioreshinubeki
kokochi koso sure
Blown into confusion in
The midst of wind
The maidenflowers
All dejected
Feel…

Genji monogatari, Nowaki

isezima ya

伊勢嶋や潮干の潟にあさりてもいふかひなきはわが身なりけり

isezima ya
siFoFi no kata ni
asaritemo
iFukaFinaki Fa
wagami narikeri
At the Isle of Ise,
Upon the tide-revealed sands
I gather shellfish, yet
To no avail:
That is my sorry lot!

Suma, Genji monogatari
須磨、源氏物語