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GSIS VI: 379

Composed in the Tenth Month of Jōhō 3 [1076] when the reigning emperor had made a progress to the River Ōi to go hunting.


Furuki nagare wo
arasi no yama no
momidi wo zo miru
The River Ōi:
This ancient flow
Have I come to visit, and
Around the mount of storms,
Scarlet leaves I see!

Emperor Shirakawa

GSIS VI: 377

Composed when His Majesty’s gentlemen had gone to the River Ōi on the first day of the Tenth Month to compose poetry.

落ちつもる紅葉をみれば大井川井堰に秋もとまる なりけり

momidi wo mireba
iseki ni aki mo
tomaru narikeri
Fallen in piles are
The scarlet leaves – when I see them at
The River Ōi
The weirs and dams autumn
Have held in place…

Former Major Councillor Kintō

GSIS V: 364

Composed on autumn leaves when the late Minister of Ceremonial had gone to the River Ōi.


minakami ni
momidi nagarete
murago ni miyuru
taki no siraito
From upstream
Flow the scarlet leaves upon
The River Ōi
Seeming to spatter colour on
The cataracts’ white threads…

The Horikawa Minister of the Right [Fujiwara no Yorimune]
堀川右大臣 [藤原頼宗]