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Teiji-in uta’awase 08

Left (Tie)

さくらばないかでかひとのをりてみぬのちこそまさるいろもいでこめ

sakurabana
ikadeka hito no
orite minu
nochi koso masaru
iro mo idekome
O, cherry blossom!
Why would people
Pick you—can not they see that
‘Tis later that your best
Hues will emerge?

Mitsune

15

Right

うたたねのゆめにやあるらむさくらばなはかなくみてぞやみぬべらなる

utatane no
yume ni ya aruramu
sakurabana
hakanaku mite zo
yaminuberanaru
Dozing fitfully
In my dreams might there be
Cherry blossom?
A brief glimpse, that
Can be held right here…

Mitsune

16

Teiji-in uta’awase 06

Left (Win)

はるかぜのふかぬよにだにあらませばこころのどかにはなはみてまし

harukaze no
fukanu yo ni dani
aramaseba
kokoro nodoka ni
hana wa mitemashi
The spring breezes
Not blowing of an evening—if only
That were so, then
With peace in my heart
I would view the blossom

His Majesty

11

Right

ちりぬともありとたのまむさくらばなはるはすぎぬとわれにきかすな

chirinu tomo
ari to tanomamu
sakurabana
haru wa suginu to
ware ni kikasu na
You have fallen, yet
That you are here, I will believe,
O, cherry blossom!
That spring is past—
Don’t tell me that!

12

‘The Left’s poem is my own—it really should lose, shouldn’t it?’

Teiji-in uta’awase 04

Left

いそのかみふるのやまべのさくらばなこぞみしはなのいろやのこれる

isonokami
furu no yamabe no
sakurabana
kozo mishi hana no
iro ya nokoreru
In Isonokami
At Furu, on the mountainside is
Cherry blossom—
The flowers I did see last year:
Are their hues lingering on?

Suekata[i]
7

Right

ほどもなくちりなむものをさくらばなここらひささもまたせつるかな

hodo mo naku
chirinamu mono o
sakurabana
kokora hisasa mo
matasetsuru kana
Before a moment’s gone
Seem to scatter
The cherry blossoms, after
Everyone forever
Having made to wait!

Ise
8

The Left only shows affection for the past year, and lacks a conception of the current one—a loss.


[i] Suekata 季方.The identity of this poet is unclear. Hagitani (1963, 174) suggests he could have been the son of any one of a number of nobles: Prince Koga 興我王 (dates unknown); Fujiwara no Toshiyuki 藤原敏行 (?-901/07); Fujiwara no Sugane 藤原菅根 (856-908); or the younger brother of Taira no Atsuyuki 平篤行 (?-910).

Teiji-in uta’awase 02

Left

さかざらむものならなくにさくらばなおもかげにのみまだきみゆらむ

sakazaramu
mono naranaku ni
sakurabana
nao mo kage ni nomi
madaki miyuramu
Wishing not to bloom
Will not remain
The cherry blossom, but
Even so their shape alone
Swiftly, I would wish to see!

Mitsune
3

Right

やまざくらさきぬるときはつねよりもみねのしらくもたちまさりけり

yamazakura
sakinuru toki wa
tsune yori mo
mine no shirakumo
tachimasarikeri
When the mountain cherry
Has bloomed,
Earlier than usual
Clouds of white around the peak
Do rise spectacularly!

Tsurayuki
4[i]

The Left uses ‘wish’[ii] twice; the Right places the mountain cherries at a distance—that make the round a tie.


[i] This poem is included in Gosenshū (I: 118), with the headnote, ‘A poem from Former Emperor Uda’s Poetry Contest’.

[ii] Uda is objecting to Mitsune’s double usage of the auxiliary verb -ramu in his judgement here.

MYS XIII: 3305

A question and response poem.

物不念 道行去毛 青山乎 振放見者 茵花 香未通女 桜花 盛未通女 汝乎曽母 吾丹依云 吾 毛曽 汝丹依云 荒山毛 人師依者 余所 留跡序云 汝心勤

物思はず 道行く行くも 青山を 振り放け見れば つつじ花 にほえ娘子 桜花 栄え娘子 汝れをぞも 我れに寄すといふ 我れをもぞ 汝れに寄すといふ 荒山も 人し寄すれば 寄そるとぞいふ 汝が心ゆめ

mono’omowazu
michi yukuyuku mo
aoyama o
furisakemireba
tsutsujibana
nioe otome
sakurabana
hae otome
nare o somo
ware ni yosu to iu
ware o mo
nare ni yosu to iu
arayama mo
hito shi yosureba
yosuru to zo iu
na ga kokoroyume
Unburdened by gloomy thoughts
Along the path I went on and on,
To the green-growing mountain,
When in the distance I saw
An azalea
Fair bright maiden,
A cherry blossom
Glorious maiden:
O, you, truly
Give your heart to me;
And I, too,
Will give my heart to you;
Upon the wild mountain
Folk give their hearts
To one another, so
Never will I abandon you!

Nihon shoki 67

A poem composed by Emperor Ingyō after spending the night with Princess Sotōri.

波那具波辞 佐区羅能梅涅 許等梅涅麼 波椰区波梅涅孺 和我梅豆留古羅

hana guwashi
sakura no mede
koto medeba
hayaku wa medezu
wa ga mezuru kora
So fair the bloom,
I love the cherry blossom, and
Just the same do I love her—sad—that
Earlier I did not love her
That girl I love now.

Uda-in uta’awase 6

Bird Cherry Blossom

Left

はるがすみたちみつをみてにはかにはさくらのはなとおもひけるかな

harugasumi
tachimitsu o mite
niwaka ni wa
sakura no hana to
omoikeru kana
The spring mists
Rising to fill all, I saw, and
Suddenly, of
Cherry blossom
Did I think!

Tsurayuki
11

Right (Win)

はるかにはさくらのはなとみゆれどもいりてのそきはひろくぞありける

haruka ni wa
sakura no hana to
miyuredomo
irite no soki wa
hiroku zo arikeru
From afar, as
Cherry blossom
Did they appear, yet
Travelling there, the distance is
Broad, indeed!

Tadamine
12

KYS I: 46

Composed for Her Majesty, to say that this year, she had the liberty to bond with the blossoms.

しらくもにまがふさくらのこずゑにてちとせの春をそらにしるかな

sirakumo ni
magaFu sakura no
kodue nite
titose no Faru wo
sora ni siru kana
The clouds, so white
Blend with the cherry blossom
Treetops—
Are a thousand years of springtimes
Known in the skies, I wonder!

Chūnagon, in service to Empress Taikenmon’in
待賢門院中納言