Tag Archives: Izumi Shikibu

GSIS I: 100

She had gone on a pilgrimage to a distant place and, on her way back home, composed this gazing at some mountain cherries.


miyako Fito
ikaga to toFaba
mise mo semu
kano yamazakura
Fito eda mo gana
If capital folk
Should ask, ‘How were they?’
I would rather show them;
Of yonder mountain cherry,
A single sprig is what I need.

Izumi Shikibu