KYS IX: 602

During the reign of Retired Emperor Horikawa, when Middle Councillor [Minamoto no] Shigesuke (1045-1122) was the Controller of the Chamberlain’s Office, he sent this together with a letter from [his eldest son] Minamoto no Toshishige requesting a position as Secretary in the Ministry of Ceremonial.


Fi no Fikari
amaneki sora no
kesiki ni mo
wa ga mi Fitotu Fa
kumo kakuretutu
The sunlight
Fills the entire sky;
Yet in this sight
I alone
Am always hidden ’neath the clouds.

Minamoto no Toshiyori

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