Twofold leaves

The first leaves to emerge from an aoi‘s buds were twofold, so this is a symbol of youth, and a reference to the deity to which Kamo shrine was dedicated, Wakaikazuchi (若雷), or ‘Young Thunder’. Essentially, the poem is asking ‘How can the eternal god remain forever young?’

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