That Falconer’s Mirror

Jakuren is making reference to an anecdote from Minmoto no Shunrai’s Shunnrai Zuinō work of poetic criticism:

‘Once, when His Majesty, Emperor Tenchi was our hawking, he lost his falcon. His Falconer who, being of low estate, was unable to behold His Majesty directly and was looking at the ground, immediately told His Majesty where the bird could be found. Astonished, His Majesty asked the man how he had done it,. “By looking the puddles of water on the ground, and seeing the bird reflected there, Sire,” the man replied.’

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