At a time when the world was particularly fleeting, and many people had died, Middle Captain [Minamoto no] Nobukata (?-998) passed away and, at around the Tenth Month, on going to his house in Shirakawa, he saw a single autumn leaf remaining.


kyô kozu wa
mide ya yamamashi
yamazato no
momiji mo hito mo
tsune naranu yo ni
Had I not come today,
I wonder, unseen, would it have reached its end?
A mountain dwelling’s
Scarlet leaf and a man, for both
This is a fleeting world.

Former Major Councillor Kintō (966-1041)

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