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KKS XII: 559

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the Reign of the Kanpyō Emperor.

住の江のきしによる波夜さへや夢のかよひ路人めよくらむ

suminoe no
kisi ni yoru nami
yoru saFe ya
yume no kayoFidi
Fitome yokuramu
On Suminoe’s
Shore break waves;
Even at night
Upon the path of dreams
Can we avoid others’ prying eyes?

Lord Fujiwara no Toshiyuki

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SKKS V: 484

On the conception of fulling cloth.

ちたびうつきぬたの音にゆめさめて物おもふ袖に露ぞくだくる

chitabi utsu
kinuta no oto ni
yume samete
mono’omou sode ni
tsuyu zo kudakuru
A thousand times striking
The fulling block—the sound
Wakes me from my dreams
In gloomy thought, while upon my sleeves
Dewdrops are scattered, indeed!

Princess Shokushi

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Teiji-in uta’awase 29

Left

うつつにもゆめにもひとによるしあへばくれゆくばかりうれしきはなし

utsutsu ni mo
yume ni mo hito ni
yoru shi aeba
kureyuku bakari
ureshiki wa nashi
In reality and
In dreams both, ‘tis her
I meet at night, so
Until the twilight comes
I have no joy, at all.

Mitsune
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Right (Win)

たまもかるあまとはなしにきみこふるわがころもでのかわくときなき

tamamo karu
ama to wa nashi ni
kimi kouru
wa ga koromode no
kawaku toki naki
Reaping gemweed,
A seaman, I am not, but
Loving you, my lady,
My sleeves are
Dry for not a moment.

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Teiji-in uta’awase 12

Left (Tie)

うつつにはさらにもいはじさくらばなゆめにもちるとみえばうからむ

utsutsu ni wa
sara ni mo iwaji
sakurabana
yume ni mo chiru to
mieba ukaramu
In the waking world
There is nothing more I might say,
O, cherry blossom!
You scattering through my dreams—
How I would hate to see it!

Mitsune
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Right

はなのいろをうつしとどめよかがみやまはるよりのちにかげやみゆると

hana no iro o
utsushi to tomeyo
kagamiyama
haru yori nochi ni
kage ya miyuru to
The blossoms’ hues’
Reflection: hold it,
Mirror Mountain!
That after the springtime’s gone
I might see their shades.

Korenori
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[i] This poem is included in Shūishū (I: 73), attributed to Korenori, with the headnote, ‘From Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest.’

Teiji-in uta’awase 09

Left (Tie)

ふりはへてはなみにくればくらぶやまいとどかすみのたちかくすらむ

furihaete
hana mi ni kureba
kurabuyama
itodo kasumi no
tachikakusuramu
When with many trials
The blossom have I come to see
Upon Kurabu Mountain
Already does the haze
Seem to rise to conceal them.

Okikaze

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Right

いもやすくねられざりけりはるのよははなのちるのみゆめにみえつつ

imo yasuku
nerarezarikeri
haru no yo wa
hana no chiru nomi
yume ni mietsutsu
My darling, uneasily,
Does sleep;
On a night in springtime
Scattering blossom, alone,
In her dreams does she ever see…

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‘These are just about amusing,’ they tied.

Teiji-in uta’awase 08

Left (Tie)

さくらばないかでかひとのをりてみぬのちこそまさるいろもいでこめ

sakurabana
ikadeka hito no
orite minu
nochi koso masaru
iro mo idekome
O, cherry blossom!
Why would people
Pick you—can not they see that
‘Tis later that your best
Hues will emerge?

Mitsune

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Right

うたたねのゆめにやあるらむさくらばなはかなくみてぞやみぬべらなる

utatane no
yume ni ya aruramu
sakurabana
hakanaku mite zo
yaminuberanaru
Dozing fitfully
In my dreams might there be
Cherry blossom?
A brief glimpse, that
Can be held right here…

Mitsune

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Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 18

Left

あひみてはむつましくこそなるときけつれなさのみもまさるきみかな

aimite wa
mutsumashiku koso
naru to kike
tsurenasa nomi mo
masaru kimi kana
On meeting
So kind would
She become, I heard, but
Simply in cruelty does
That lady excel!

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Right (Win)

あかずしてわかれし人をゆめにみてうつつにさへもおつるなみだか

akazushite
wakareshi hito o
yume ni mite
utsutsu ni sae mo
otsuru namida ka
Unsated
Did I part from her to
See her in my dreams, but
Even in the waking world
Will my tears fall?

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Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 14

Left (Tie)

こひわびぬかなしきこともなぐさめむいづれなぐさのはまべなるらむ

koiwabinu
kanashiki koto mo
nagusamemu
izure nagusa no
hamabe naruramu
Suffering the pain of love and
Sadness, too,
I would be consoled, so
Where might Nagusa
Beach lie, I wonder?

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Right

みぬ人のこひしきやなぞおぼつかなたれとかしらむゆめにみゆとも

minu hito no
koishiki ya nazo
obotsukana
tare to ka shiramu
yume ni miyutomo
An unseen lady
Do I love, but why?
How strange it is—
Is there any might know,
Though I glimpse her in my dreams…

Mitsune
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Uda-in uta’awase 4

Scarlet Plum Blossom

Left

あひがたき人をばさらにみしころはいのはなれてはねられざりけり

aigataki
hito oba sara ni
mishi koro wa
i no hanarete wa
nerarezarikeri
Hard to meet
Her it was, but finally,
I saw her once more, then
Being parted
Robbed me of my sleep.

Tsurayuki
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Right (Win)

わすれにし人をぞゆめになほこむはいのはなやかにねられてぞみる

wasurenishi
hito o zo yume ni
nao komu wa
i no hanayaka ni
nerarete zo miru
Forgotten by
A lady who to my dreams
Does yet come, so
In sleep, clearly,
When sleeping only do I see her!

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