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Entō ōn’uta’awase 4

Round Four

Left (Win)

あけぬるか霞の衣たちかへり猶君が代の春をまつかな

akenuru ka
kasumi no koromo
tachikaeri
nao kimi ga yo no
haru o matsu kana
Is it the breaking dawn that
Hazy raiment
Casts back?
Ever for my Lord’s reign’s
Springtime do I pine!

Novice Dōchin

7

Right

天の戸のあけゆく空はうれしきを猶はれやらず立つ霞かな

ama no to no
akeyuku sora wa
ureshiki o
nao hareyarazu
tatsu kasumi kana
That Heaven’s door
Opens to brighten the sky—
What joy, but
Still, never clearing is
The rising haze!

Dharma Master Nyogan

8

The Left poem’s links with celebration are certainly not something praiseworthy, but I am unable to accept the Right’s ‘joy’. Thus, the Left wins.

Entō ōn’uta’awase 03

Round Three

Left (Win)

春の夜のあくる霞の立田山これや神代の衣なるらん

haru no yo no
akuru kasumi no
tatsutayama
kore ya kamiyo no
koromo naruran
At a spring night’s
Dawn the haze around
Tatsuta Mountain—
Is this how in the age of gods
Raiment might have been?

Supernumerary Major Counsellor Moto’ie
5

Right

朝霞雲居をかけて見わたせばいたりいたらぬ山の端もなし

asagasumi
kumoi o kakete
miwataseba
itari itaranu
yama no ha mo nashi
When, upon the morning haze
Draping from the clouds,
I turn my gaze, it
Spread out, and fails to reach,
Not a single mountain’s edge.

Nobunari, Senior Third Rank
6

Both Left and Right are difficult to tell apart, yet the Left’s ‘clothing of the Age of Gods’ would seem to be superior.

SKKS V: 483

On the conception of fulling clothes.

みよしのの山のあきかぜさ夜ふけて故郷さむくころもうつなり

miyoshino no
yama no akikaze
sayo fukete
furusato samuku
koromo utsunari
On fair Yoshino
Mountain the autumn wind
Marks a brief night’s end,
For in this ancient place the chill
Carries the sound of fulling cloth.

Consultant Masatsune

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SKKS VIII: 760

Sent to Lord Michinobu, attached to a branch of cherry blossom, in spring, Shōryaku 2 [991], when in mourning for the emperor.

すみぞめのころもうき世の花ざかりをりわすれてもをりてけるかな

sumizome no
koromo uki yo no
hanazakari
ori wasurete mo
oritekeru kana
All are in ink-dyed
Clothes, yet in this cruel world
Blossom blooms most freely;
Forgetful of the time,
Did I pluck these.

Lord Fujiwara no Sanekata

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SKKS X: 945

Topic unknown.

かぜさむみ伊勢のはま荻分行けばころもかりがねなみになくなり

kaze samumi
ise no hama ogi
wakeyukeba
koromo kari ga ne
nami ni naku nari
The wind’s so chill, as
Through the silver grass upon the beach at Ise
I forge my way, that
I’d borrow a robe with goose cries
Sounding ‘cross the waves!

Former Middle Counsellor Masafusa

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

SKKS XIII: 1210

When responding to the topic ‘widely spaced they are’ in the reign of the Tenryaku emperor.

なれゆくはうき世なればやすまのあまのしほやき衣まどほなるらん

nareyuku wa
ukiyo nareba ya
suma no ama no
shioyaki koromo
madōnaruran
Affection
Turns to cruelty, does it not?
The fisher folk at Suma
Burn salt in robes with
Wide gaps, it seems…[1]

Princess Yoshiko, Junior Consort

A kuzushiji version of the poem's text.
Created with Soan.

[1] An allusive variation on KKS XV: 758.

Teiji-in uta’awase 21

Summer

Five poems on the Fourth Month

Left (Win)

みやまいでてまづはつこゑはほととぎすよぶかくまたむわがやどになけ

miyama idete
mazu hatsukoe wa
hototogisu
yobu kaku matamu
wa ga yado ni nake
Emerging from the mountains deep,
Early, your first call,
Cuckoo—
Where I would be waiting all night long
At my house, o, sing out!

Masakata[i]

41

Right

けふよりはなつのころもになりぬれどきるひとさへはかはらざりけり

kyō yori wa
natsu no koromo ni
narinuredo
kiru hito sae wa
kawarazarikeri
From today
Summer garb
We have put on, yet
The folk who wear it
Have not changed at all.

Mitsune
42

‘The Right is uninteresting,’ so it lost.


[i] Minamoto no Masakata 源雅固 (dates unknown). A son of Minamoto no Sada’ari 源定有 (dates unknown), one of the sons of Emperor Montoku (827-858; r. 850-858).

Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 4

The Beginning of Summer

Left

ふるさとはこだかけれどもきみならぬほととぎすにもうとまれにけり

furusato wa
kodakakeredomo
kimi naranu
hototogisu ni mo
utomarenikeri
Around this ancient estate
The trees grow high, yet
Not by you alone,
By the cuckoo, too
Am I despised.

Tadamine
7

Right (Win)

やまがつのかきほにさけるうのはなはたがしろたへのころもかけしぞ

yamagatsu no
kakiho ni sakeru
u no hana wa
ta ga shirotae no
koromo kakeshi zo
Along the mountain man’s
Lattice fence bloom
Deutzia:
Whose white mulberry
Robes are hung there?

Mitsune
8