Emperor En’yū’s Ne no Hi celebration

En’yū’s Ne no Hi celebration 御子日 is known to have taken place at Murasakino 紫野 in the north of the capital on the 13th day of the Second Month 985. This was rather late, as it usually took place in the First Month, and involved an aristocratic outing to gather pine seedlings and other fresh greens to brew medicines for health and longevity in the coming year. Murasakino literally means ‘violet fields’, hence Sanekata’s reference to ‘violet clouds’ in his poem.

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