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Teiji-in uta’awase 14

Left

さはみづにかはづなくなりやまぶきのうつろふいろやそこにみゆらむ

sawamizu ni
kawazu nakunari
yamabuki no
utsurou iro ya
soko ni miyuramu
Among the marsh waters
The frogs are crying;
The kerria’s
Fading hues—might
They see them below the surface there?

27

Right (Win)

ちりてゆくかたをだにみむはるがすみはなのあたりはたちもさらなむ

chiriteyuku
kata o dani mimu
harugasumi
hana no atari wa
tachi mo sara namu
Scattering off
If only I might see them, but
The spring haze
Around the blossoms is
Already rising!

28

Teiji-in uta’awase 05

Left (Win)

はるがすみたちしかくせばやまざくらひとしれずこそちりぬべらなれ

harugasumi
tachishi kakuseba
yamazakura
hito shirezu koso
chirinuberanare
If the spring haze
Has risen to conceal
The mountain cherries,
Then, indeed, will no one know
When they have seemed to scatter!

Tsurayuki
9

Right

たのまれぬはなのこころとおもへばやちらぬさきよりうぐひすのなく

tanomarenu
hana no kokoro to
omoeba ya
chiranu saki yori
uguisu no naku
Untrustworthy are
The blossoms’ hearts
I do think, so
While they are unscattered
Will the warbler sing.

Okikaze
10[i]

Both of these are the same—they tie.[ii]


[i] This poem is included in Shinshūishū (XI: 1549), attributed to Okikaze, with the headnote, ‘From Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’. It is also included twice in Kokin rokujō (I: 31) and (VI: 4395): in both cases the poem is attributed to Okikaze, but the first instance lacks a headnote, while the second is classified as a ‘Warbler’ poem. Finally, it is also included in Mandaishū (II: 254), again attributed to Okikaze, but this time with the headnote, ‘Topic unknown’.

[ii] Given that the Left’s poem here is marked as winning, presumably Uda means that both poems are equally worthy of a win—that is, that this is a yoki ji, a ‘tie of quality’.

Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 3

The End of Spring

Left

をしめどもとどまらなくにはるがすみかへるみちにしたちぬとおもへば

oshimedomo
todomaranaku ni
haragasumi
kaeru michi nishi
tachinu to omoeba
Though sad am I,
There’s no stopping it:
The spring haze
On its homebound path
Has departed.

Motokata
5

Right (Win)

とどむべきものとはなしにはかなくもちるはなごとにたぐふこころか

todomubeki
mono to wa nashi ni
hakanaku mo
chiru hanagoto ni
taguu kokoro ka
That would halt them
There is nothing, yet
How hopelessly
To every scattered flower
My heart is drawn.

Mitsune
6

Uda-in uta’awase 6

Bird Cherry Blossom

Left

はるがすみたちみつをみてにはかにはさくらのはなとおもひけるかな

harugasumi
tachimitsu o mite
niwaka ni wa
sakura no hana to
omoikeru kana
The spring mists
Rising to fill all, I saw, and
Suddenly, of
Cherry blossom
Did I think!

Tsurayuki
11

Right (Win)

はるかにはさくらのはなとみゆれどもいりてのそきはひろくぞありける

haruka ni wa
sakura no hana to
miyuredomo
irite no soki wa
hiroku zo arikeru
From afar, as
Cherry blossom
Did they appear, yet
Travelling there, the distance is
Broad, indeed!

Tadamine
12

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 8

Left

春がすみあみにはりこめ花ちらばうつろひぬべし鶯とめよ

harugasumi
ami ni harikome
hana chiraba
utsuroinubeshi
uguisu tomeyo
The spring haze
Spreads its net to catch
The blossom—should they scatter,
And then, for sure, decline,
O, warbler, tarry a while!

15[1]

Right

春雨の色はこくしもみえなくに野辺のみどりをいかでそむらん

harusame no
iro wa koku shimo
mienaku ni
nobe no midori o
ikade somuran
The spring rain’s
Hue great depths
Does not seem to have, but
How are the meadows with green
So deeply dyed?

16[2]


[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 9; Fubokushō II: 464: ‘Haze’

[2] A minor variant of the poem, with a headnote associating it with this contest, and attributed to Ki no Tomonori, appears in Shokusenzaishū (I: 62): 春雨の色はこしともみえなくに野べのみどりをいかでそむらん harusame no / iro wa koshi tomo / mienaku ni / nobe no midori o / ikade somuran ‘The spring rain’s / Hue no great depths / Does seem to have, but / How are the meadows with green / So deeply dyed?’

Kanpyō no ōntoki chūgū uta’awase 1

Spring

Round 1

Left

やま風にとくる氷のひまごとにうち出づる浪や春の初花

yamakaze ni
tokuru kōri no
hima goto ni
uchi’izuru nami ya
haru no hatsuhana
With the mountain breeze
The melting ice from
Every crack
Bursts out in waves, perhaps
These are the first blooms of spring?

Minamoto no Maszumi
1[1]

Right (Win)

春霞たつひの風のいとなれや滝のをとけて玉とみだるる

harugasumi
tatsu hi no kaze no
ito nare ya
taki no o tokete
tama to midaruru
The haze of spring
Arises with the breeze this day, so
Will its streamers with
The melting waterfall’s threaded
Jewels become confused?

2


[1] Kokin rokujo I: 5