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Eikyū hyakushu 461

Lacking a Glimpse of Love Letters 不見書恋


wagimoko ga
au mi nariseba
sari to ware
fumi mo mitemashi
todoroki no hashi
If my darling
Were convinced to meet,
Then, I
Would wish to see her letters, too,
Here upon the bridge at Todoroki.


Eikyū hyakushu 458

Lacking a Glimpse of Love Letters 不見書恋


kazuragi ya
kume no iwabashi
fumi minedo
watarigatashi to
sora shiritsutsu
At Kazuragi stands
Kume’s broken stony bridge:
No sight of letters from you, yet
How hard it is to cross – that
The skies do ever know…


Love VII: 2


wa ga koi ni
fukasa kuraeba
toyama kana
yoshino no oku no
iwa no kakemichi
My love’s
Depth were you to measure,
Distant mountains, perhaps?
As in the heart of Yoshino, where
The craggy paths are overgrown!

Lord Ari’ie.

Right (Win).

fumi mitemo
narenu keshiki no
tsurenasa ya
yoshino no oku no
iwa no kakemichi
She read my letter – I treading on paths unknown –
And cared not – an unfamiliar scene –
Is her cruelty
As in the heart of Yoshino, where
The craggy paths are overgrown?


The Right state: in the Left’s poem, the expression ‘distant mountains, perhaps’ (toyama kana) sounds poor. The Left state: the Right’s poem has no faults to mention.

In judgement: both Left and Right have precisely identical sections: ‘as in the heart of Yoshino’ (yoshino no oku) and ‘craggy paths are overgrown’ (iwa no kakemichi), but considering the initial sections, it has already been stated that the Left’s sounds poor, while the Right lacks faults. Thus, in accordance with the remarks by the Gentlemen of both teams, the Right is the winner.


Composed and sent to the same place.


mitinoku no
wodae no Fasi ya
kore naramu
Fumi mi Fumazu
mikokoro madoFasu
In Michinoku
Is the bridge of Odae
Such as this?
Trodden then untrodden, letters and then non
It does twist my heart.

Master of the Left Capital Office, Michimasa