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Kura no kami nagazane-ke uta’awase

Shinpen kokka taikan no.145
Heian-chō uta’awase taisei no.
Romanised TitleKura no kami nagazane-ke uta’awase
Translated TitlePoetry Contest held at the House of Nagazane, Director of the Bureau of Palace Storehouses
Alternative Title(s)
Date26/Intercalary 5/Hōan 2 [12.7.1121]
Extant Poems36
Identifiable ParticipantsY
TopicsNightingales (郭公); Pinks (瞿麦); Love (恋)

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Kura no kami nagazane ke uta’awase 5

Cuckoos (郭公)

Left (Tie)


iku yonayana
tamasakayama ni
O, cuckoo,
How many nights
Will you continue to make me wait
While from Mount Tamasaka, occasionally
Your call seems to drift across?

Noto taifu[1]



kurabu no yama no
tasogare ni
honoka ni nanoru
Fototogisu kana
How I long
On Kurabu Mountain
In the twilight
For the faint announcement of
A cuckoo’s call!

The Governor of Aki[2]

[1] 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.’

[2] 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.