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KKS II: 103

A poem from a poetry competition held by Her Majesty, the Empress, during the Kanpyō period.


kasumi tatu
Faru no yamabe Fa
Fukikuru kaze Fa
Fana no ka zo suru
Hazes rise
Round the mountains’ sides,
So far away, and yet
The gusting breeze comes
Bearing the scent of blossom.

Ariwara no Motokata

KKS I: 1

Composed on a day when spring arrived in the old year.


tosi no uti
Faru Fa kinikeri
Fitotose wo
kozo to ya iFan
kotosi to ya iFan
Within the year
Spring has come again;
The one year:
What should I say: that it’s last year,
Or that it’s the year to come?

Ariwara no Motokata