The Forest of Kaminabi

An uta makura famous for its Autumn leaves since the Man’yō period, Kaminabi Forest’s exact location remains unknown, with different works placing it any of the provinces of Settsu, Yamashiro or Yamato. It is known that a shrine was located there and white cords of yuFu ‘mulberry cloth’ were tied to the trees as part of the deity’s worship. Tadamichi is, of course, elegantly confusing the white cloth with the snow in his SKS IV: 157.

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