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Fubokushō XVI: 6665

On winter rain, from a hundred poem sequence on the four seasons, composed in Jōkyū 2 [1220].


chigirishi mono o
hatsuyuki ni
matsu no ha o shiki
yūgure no ame
Capital folk
Did make a vow:
Upon the first snows
Pine needles spread
By the evening rain.

Lord Ietaka, Junior Second Rank

San’i minamoto no hirotsune ason uta’awase 1

Pine seedlings on the Day of the Rat (子日小松)



ne no hi suru
matsu no ha goto ni
nao zo tsukisenu
kimi ga chitose wa
On this Day of the Rat
Every single pine needle
I count, but
Still the number would not exhaust
The millennia of my Lord…

A Court Lady



kimi ga yowai ni
kurabemu to
ne no hi no matsu o
kyō wa hiku kana
Distant is
My Lord’s age:
To what might it compare? Why
The Rat Day pines that
We pick today!

A Court Lady

GSS XVII: 1241

When he had gone to the province of Michinoku as its governor, he saw a withered pine tree at Takekuma, and had a sapling planted to replace it; after finishing his posting, he returned to the same province later, and saw the pine he had planted once more.


uesi toki
tigiri ya si ken
takekuma no
matu wo Futatabi
aFimituru kana
When I planted you
Did I make a vow, perhaps?
That Takekuma’s
Pine once more
I would encounter!

Fujiwara no Motoyoshi

MYS VI: 990

A poem on a pine tree in Shigeoka in Atomi, by Ki no Shikahito


sigewoka ni
kamusabi tatite
tiyo matu no ki no
tosi no siranaku
In Shigeoka
Divinely stands
A pine for a thousand generations
All unknowing of the passing years.

Ki no Shikahito


Love IX: 7

Left (Tie)

mukashi kiku
kimi ga tenare no
koto naraba
yume ni shirarete
ne o mo tatemashi
Long ago, I heard
Your favourite
Zither play – if that were me, then
In your dreams I would be known, and
Make a sound most sweet within your sleep…

Lord Sada’ie


wagimoko ga
kokoro no hikanu
koto no ne wa
wa ga matsu ni koso
My darling’s
Heartstrings are not tugged
By my zither’s strains, so
Though I pine for her
‘Tis of no use at all…

The Supernumerary Master of the Empress’ Household Office

The Right state: the Left’s poem gives the impression of being based on something – but what? The Left state: the Right’s poem has no faults to mention.

In judgement: there is nothing unusual about the Left’s poem. It simply seems to be in the conception of the Man’yōshū poem where, ‘a Japanese zither made from the wood of the parasol tree transforms into a maiden in a dream, and says “When will / The day come that / I shall sing / Making his lap / My pillow?”’ I also have the feeling that it is alluding to the subsequent poem, however. So, it is certainly not the case that it is not based on anything. The Right’s poem has ‘heartstrings are not tugged’ (kokoro no hikanu) and then the metaphorical ‘though I pine for her’ (wa ga matsu ni koso), so is certainly not lacking in conception either. They are equivalent and tie.