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Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 6

時雨降る秋の山辺をゆくときは心にもあらぬ袖ぞひちける

shigure furu
aki no yamabe o
yuku toki wa
kokoro ni mo aranu
sode zo hichikeru
Drizzle falls
In autumn on the mountain meadows;
And when I travel there
Not my heart, but
My sleeves are truly drenched.

11

年ごとにいかなる露のおけばかも秋の山辺の色濃かるらむ

toshi goto ni
ikanaru tsuyu no
okeba kamo
aki no yamabe no
iro kokaruramu
Every single year
However many dewdrops
May fall
The autumn mountain meadows
Turn to richer hues, it seems.

12

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 13

Colours of chrysanthemums at the base of a fence (籬菊色色)

Left

いろいろにうつろふ風のそがぎくはしなじなよはの霜やおくらん

iroiro ni
utsurou kaze no
sogagiku wa
shinajina yowa no
shimo ya okuran
Hues
Shifting with the breeze
Are the yellow chrysanthemums:
Is it because of night’s differing
Frostfall, perhaps?

A Court Lady
25

Right

おく霜にまがきのきくをみわたせばいろいろにこそうつろひにけれ

oku shimo ni
magaki no kiku o
miwataseba
iroiro ni koso
utsuroinikere
Frost has fallen upon
The chrysanthemums by the rough-hewn fence, and
When I gaze across them,
How their hues
Have faded away!

A Court Lady
26

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 12

Scarlet leaves dyed with dew (露染紅葉)

Left

白露のそむる紅葉のいかなればから紅にふかくみゆらん

shiratsuyu no
somuru momiji no
ikanareba
karakurenai ni
fukaku miyuran
When silver dewdrops
Stain the autumn leaves
What happens, but
Their scarlet hues
Seem all the deeper.

A Court Lady
23

Right

いかにおくしら露なれば紅葉ばのくれなゐふかく色をそむらん

ika ni oku
shiratsuyu nareba
momijiba no
kurenai fukaku
iro o somuran
How can they fall—
These silver dewdrops—so
The autumn leaves with
Ever deeper scarlet
Hues are dyed?

A Court Lady
24

Uhyōe shōjō sadafumi uta’awase 2

The depth of colour of spring waters (春水添色深)

Left (Win)

水のいろをそめては深くみゆれども春はよどまぬものにざりける

midu no iro wo
somete Fa Fukaku
miyuredomo
Faru Fa yodomanu
mono ni zarikeru
The waters’ hues
So deeply dyed
Do appear that
Spring ever unclouded
Truly ever will be.

3

Right

春のいろは底なき水にそへりとも流れて深くあらむとぞ思ふ

Faru no iro Fa
soko naki midu ni
soFeri tomo
nagarete Fukaku
aramu to zo omoFu
The hue of spring across
Bottomless waters
Does lie, and yet
How deeply must they flow
I wonder?

4

Aru tokoro no uta’awase – Shōtai 4-nen 15-ya

Shinpen kokka taikan no.
Heian-chō uta’awase taisei no.12
Title或所歌合
Romanised TitleAru tokoro no uta’awase
Translated TitlePoetry Contest held in a Certain Place
Alternative Title(s)
DateNight, 15/8 Shōtai 4 [30.9.901]
Extant Poems2
Sponsor
Identifiable Participants
JudgementsN
TopicsAutumn

Only the date of this contest remains, along with two of its poems. Given the season, it would clearly have been an autumn-themed event and, as the 15th day of the Eighth Month was when conventionally the moon was at its brightest, it is not surprising that it seems to have been held at night, and contained at least some poems where the moon was a theme.

Of the two surviving poems, one was included in Fubokushō (XIV: 5840), while the other is only recorded here.

いそのかみふるのやしろにはふくずもあきにしなれば色かはりけり

isonokami
Furu no yasiro ni
haFu kuzu mo
aki ni shi nareba
iro kaFarikeri
In Isonokami
At the ancient shrine of Furu
Even the creeping kudzu vine
When the autumn comes
Does change its hues.

1

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山のはももみぢてちりぬ月影のかくるるところなくなりぬべし

yama no Fa mo
momidite tirinu
tukikage no
kakururu tokoro
nakunarinubesi
Along the mountains’ edge
Scarlet leaves have scattered
In the moonlight
A place concealed
Is there none, at all.

2

KKS XIV: 688

A poem from the Poetry Contest held by the Empress Dowager during the reign of the Kanpyō emperor.

思ふてふ事の葉のみや秋をへて色もかはらぬ物にはあるらん

omoFu teFu
koto no Fa nomi ya
aki wo Fete
iro mo kaFaranu
mono ni Fa aruran
My fond thoughts expressed
In words, and leaves, simply
On reaching autumn’s surfeit—
Won’t they change their hues?
No, that will never be.

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