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Kinkai wakashū 30

Plum blossom at an ancient estate.

年ふればやどはあれにけり梅のはな花はむかしの香ににほへども

toshi fureba
yado wa arenikeri
ume no hana
hana wa mukashi no
ka ni nioedomo
The years have passed, so
The house has into ruin fallen, yet
The plum’s blossoming
Flowers, as in days long gone
Scent the air with fragrance.

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An AI generated image of a ruined old Japanese house surrounded by blossoming plum trees.
Image created with Adobe Firefly.
A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

Genzon waka rokujō 607

Bird cherry.

ゆきふかきかきねのむめのいかにしてなほうづもれぬかにはさくら

yuki fukaki
kakine no mume no
ika ni shite
nao uzumorenu
ka ni wa sakuran
Deep with the snow is
The plum blossom by my brushwood fence:
O, what will become of it—
Still buried
Will its fragrance bloom forth?

The Former Kinugasa Minister of the Centre [Kinugasa no Ieyoshi 衣笠家良 (1192-1264)]
衣笠前内大臣

Kanpyō no ōntoki chūgū uta’awase 4

Summer

Round Four

Left

匂ふよりここちあだなる花ゆゑにのどけきはるの風もうらみじ

niou yori
kokochi adanaru
hana yue ni
nodokeki haru no
kaze mo uramiji
From their fragrance
Fickle feelings
Do these blossoms have, so
Peaceful spring’s
Breezes I would likely not resent.

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Right (Win)

夏の夜のぬるほどもなく明けぬればあしたのまをぞかこちよせつる

natsu no yo no
nuru hodo mo naku
akenureba
ashita no ma o zo
kakochiyosetsuru
On a summer night
I’ve lacked time to sleep, and
Dawn has come, so
I’ll do it on the morrow—
That is my excuse!

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SZS XVI: 971

After Prince Tametaka, Commissioner of the Board of Censors, had died, Prince Atsumichi, Governor-General of Dazai, sent her some orange blossom, and so she sent him this, wondering how she should view the gift:

かをる香によそふるよりは時鳥来かばやおなじ声やしたると

kaworu ka ni
yosoFuru yori Fa
Fototogisu
kikaba ya onazi
kowe ya sitaru to
Scenting their fragrance
In place of his – rather
The cuckoo
I would hear, wondering if his call
Is just the same…

Izumi Shikibu
和泉式部