|Shinpen kokka taikan no.||145|
|Heian-chō uta’awase taisei no.|
|Romanised Title||Kura no kami nagazane-ke uta’awase|
|Translated Title||Poetry Contest held at the House of Nagazane, Director of the Bureau of Palace Storehouses|
|Date||26/Intercalary 5/Hōan 2 [12.7.1121]|
|Topics||Nightingales (郭公); Pinks (瞿麦); Love (恋)|
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Kura no kami nagazane ke uta’awase 5
How many nights
Will you continue to make me wait
While from Mount Tamasaka, occasionally
Your call seems to drift across?
kurabu no yama no
honoka ni nanoru
|How I long|
On Kurabu Mountain
In the twilight
For the faint announcement of
A cuckoo’s call!
The Governor of Aki
 Fujiwara no Tadataka 藤原忠隆 (1102-1150).Tadataka was known for love of hawking, his skills as a rider and, unusually for a court noble, his military prowess. He is described in Honchō seiki 本朝世紀 (‘A Chronicle of the Reigns of our Court’; 1150-1159) as ‘acquiring great wealth for his House through postings in a number of provinces. He loved learning, dogs and hawks, as well as charitable giving without thought of reward. All the world respected him.’
 Fujiwara no Tametada 藤原為忠 (1095-1136). Tametada had a relatively successful court career, serving as governor to a number of provinces besides Aki, although it was this post which reputedly allowed him to amass considerable wealth. His wife served as a lady-in-waiting to both Emperor Shirakawa and Emperor Toba, and both emperors held him in high regard resulting in him eventually reaching Senior Fourth Rank, Lower Grade with a post as Supernumerary Director of the Bureau of Carpentry in 1134. He was active in poetic circles, taking part in a number of contests as well as this one, as well as other poetic events. He has a respectable ten poems in imperial anthologies from Kin’yōshū to Shinshoku kokinshū.