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Sanekata Shū 283

When the Imperial Consort from the Koichijō Estate gave birth to her first son, the third night fell upon he fifth day of the Fifth Month.


iFa no uFe no
ayame ya tiyo wo
keFu mo satuki no
ituka to omoFeba
Atop the rocks,
The sweet-flag will a thousand years
Endure, no doubt;
For this day is the Fifth Month’s
Fifth day, I’m sure.

SZS III: 169

Composed as a poem on sweet flags.


samidare ni
nurenure Fikamu
numa no iFagaki
nami mo koso kose
In the constant drizzling rain,
Soaked, let us pick
Over the stony border of the marsh
Waves are breaking.

The Regent and Former Minister of the Right [Fujiwara no Kanezane]

SKS IX: 311

A man who she had been seeing in secret-what can he have been thinking?-returned home after it was light on the morning of the Fifth Day of the Fifth Month, saying, ‘This morning, I am happy to show myself!’; she composed this in reply.


kari ni mo kuramu
mono yuFe ni
neya no tuma to ya
Fito no miruran
Sweet flags
To pick-and as briefly have you been here-
But even so,
Within lies your wife-as you open the shutters
Is that what folk will see?

Izumi Shikibu