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GSIS IX: 534

Composed on the road, when it was springtime, and he was on his way from the countryside to the capital.

みわたせばみやこはちかくなりぬらんすぎぬる山はかすみへだてつ

miwataseba
miyako Fa tikaku
narinuran
suginuru yama Fa
kasumi Fedatetu
When I gaze across,
The capital closer
Has become, it seems;
The mountains I have passed
Lie beyond the haze.

Minamoto no Michinari

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 38

Left

夏の月ひかりをしまず照る時はながるる水にかげろふぞたつ

natsu no tsuki
hikari o shimazu
teru toki wa
nagaruru mizu ni
kagerō zo tatsu
When summer moon’s
Light lightly
Shines
From the running waters
Haze arises!

74

Right

琴の音にひびきかよへる松風はしらべても鳴く蝉の声かな

koto no ne ni
hibikikayoeru
matsukaze wa
shirabetemo naku
semi no koe kana
A zither’s strains
Echoing back and forth:
The wind through the pines,
In tune with the cries
In the cicadas’ song!

75[1]


[1] Shinshūishū III: 303/Shinsen man’yōshū 73/Kokin rokujō I: 398/Fubokushō IX: 3584

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 14

Left

まきもくのひばらの霞たちかへりみれども花のおどろかれつつ

makimoku no
hibara no kasumi
tachikaeri
miredomo hana no
odorokaretsutsu
In Makimoku[1] among
The cypress groves the haze
Rises and departs;
I see it, yet the blossom
Ever does amaze me…

27[2]

Right

白妙の浪路わけてや春はくる風吹くからにはなも咲きけり

shirotae no
namiji wakete ya
haru wa kuru
kaze fuku kara ni
hana mo sakinikeri
White as mulberry cloth are
The wave-wakes: forging through them does
Spring come?
The wind blows so,
The blossom has bloomed!

28


[1] Makimoku 巻目 was an alternate name for Makimuku 纏向, a place in Yamato province which was traditionally believed to be the location of the state’s capital during the reigns of the legendary emperors Suinin 垂仁 and Keikō 景行.

[2] Shinsen man’yōshū 17/An almost identical poem is also included in Kokin rokujo (I: 619), while a minor variant occurs in Fubokushō (IV: 1100), with a headnote identifying it as being included in this contest: まきもくのひばらの山にたちかへり見れども花におどろかれつつ makimoku no / hibara no yama ni / tachikaeri / miredomo hana no / odorokaretsutsu ‘In Makimoku among / The mountain cypress groves / Rising and departing, / I see it, yet the blossom / Ever does amaze me…’

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 6

Left

浅みどり野辺の霞はつつめどもこぼれて匂ふはな桜かな

asamidori
nobe no kasumi wa
tsutsumedomo
koborete niou
hanazakura kana
The pale green
Meadows with haze
Are wrapped, yet
Overflowing is the scent
Of cherry blossoms.

11[1]

Right

春たたば花をみむてふ心こそ野辺の霞とともにたちぬれ

haru tataba
hana o mimu chō
kokoro koso
nobe no kasumi to
tomo ni tachinure
If spring should appear
To view the blossoms is the wish
Within my heart—
With the haze upon the meadows
Together it arises.

12


[1] This poem appears in Shūishū (I: 40), with the headnote, ‘From the Man’yōshū of Lord Suga[wara no Michizane]’. Also Shinsen man’yōshū I: 5 and Kokin rokujō V: 3514 ‘Green’.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 3

Left 梅のはなしるきかならでうつろはば雪降りやまぬ春とこそ見め

ume no hana
shiru ki ka narade
utsurowaba
yuki furiyamanu
haru to koso mime
Of the plum blossom
Is this tree not aware, so
If it fades
An endless snowfall
Will seem to mark this spring.

5

Right

春の日に霞わけつつとぶ雁の見えみみえずみ雲がくれ行く

haru no hi ni
kasumi waketsutsu
tobu kari no
mie mi miezu mi
kumogakureyuku
The springtime sun
Keeps breaking through the haze, so
The geese, winging,
Appear and are lost to view
Vanishing within the clouds.

6

Kanpyō no ōntoki chūgū uta’awase 3

Round Three

Left

氷とくはるたちくらしみよしののよしののたきのこゑまさるなり

kōri toku
haru tachikurashi
miyoshino no
yoshino no taki no
koe masarunari
Ice melting
Spring has come on scene, it seems;
In fair Yoshino,
Yoshino Falls’
Roar is fine, indeed!

5

Right (Win)

はなの色はかすみにこめてみえずともかをだにぬすめ春の山風

hana no iro wa
kasumi ni komete
miezu tomo
ka o dani nusume
haru no yamakaze
The blossoms’ hues
Have blended with the haze, so
I see them not, yet
Their very scent is plundered by
Spring’s breezes from the mountains.

6

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