Category Archives: Ise Monogatari

Ise Mongatari, Chapter 96

Written by a woman and sent to a man whom she had promised to marry, after her family have disagreed and taken her away:


aki kakete
iFisinagara mo
ko no Fa Furisiku
e ni koso arikere
‘When autumn comes’
I said,
And yet, ‘tis not to be;
Fallen leaves swept along
The inlet, indeed!

Ise Monogatari, Chapter 12

Once, long ago there was a man. He abducted someone’s daughter and when they reached Musashi Plain, as he was plainly a kidnapper, he would have been seized by the provincial governor’s men. Leaving the woman in the grasses, he fled. The pursuers, saying to themselves that doubtless the abductor was hiding there, set the plain alight. The woman, panicked, cried out:


musasino Fa
keFu Fa na yaki so
wakakusa no
tuma mo komoreri
ware mo komoreri
O, Musashi Plain
Burn not this day!
Fresh grass,
My man is hidden there,
As, too, am I…

Hearing this, they found her and, together with the man who had been found elsewhere, took her back with them.

Ise Monogatari, Chapter 10

Long ago, a man went wandering in the province of Musashi. And, in that province lived a certain lady. Her father thought to match her with a common man, but for her mother, only a man of the highest rank would do. Her father was a man of low rank, but her mother was of the Fujiwara family. Thus it was that she wanted a man of high rank for her daughter. So, she composed a poem and sent it to the man. They lived in the district of Iruma on the Miyoshino estate.


miyosino no
tanomu no kari mo
FitaFuru ni
kimi ga kata ni zo
yoru to naku naru
In fair Yoshino,
Even the geese upon the rice fields,
For you do
Yearn and cry.

The man replied:


wa ga kata ni
yoru to naku naru
miyosino no
tanomu no kari wo
ituka wasuren
For me
Yearning and crying
In fair Yoshino
The geese upon the rice fields:
Can I ever forget them?

In the provinces they have still not ceased to do such things.