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SKKS VI: 607

Topic unknown.

冬がれのもりのくちばの霜のうへにおちたる月の影のさむけさ

fuyugare no
mori no kuchiba no
shimo no ue ni
ochitaru tsuki no
kage no samukesa
Withered by winter,
The forests’ rotting leaves are
Frost covered, upon them
The fallen moon
Light is cold, indeed.[i]

Lord Kiyosuke

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

[i] This poem is an allusive variation on a variant of KKS IV: 184, which appears in some Kokinshū manuscripts: Topic unknown. このまよりおちたる月の影見れば心づくしの秋はきにけり ko no ma yori / ochitaru tsuki no / kage mireba / kokorozukushi no / aki wa kinikeri ‘Between the trees / Dropped moon / Light, seeing it I know / Heart draining / Autumn, has come at last.’ Anonymous.

Sahyōe no suke sadafumi uta’awase 10

The End of Winter

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したぎえのゆきまをみればふゆながらはるのけちかきここちこそすれ

shitagie no
yukima o mireba
fuyu nagara
haru no kechikaki
kokochi koso sure
Melting below,
Gaps in the snow, I see, so
Though ‘tis yet winter
Spring’s sensation closer
Comes, I feel!

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Right (Win)

みよしののやまのしらゆきつもるらしふるさとさむくなりまさるなり

miyoshino no
yama no shirayuki
tsumorurashi
furusato samuku
narimasaru nari
On fair Yoshino
Mountain white snow fall
Drifts high, it seems,
For in this ancient place the chill
Grows ever stronger.

Korenori
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Teishi-in ominaeshi uta’awase 10

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をみなへしうつろふあきのほどをなみねさへうつしてをしむけふかな

ominaeshi
utsurou aki no
hodo o nami
ne sae utsushite
oshimu kyō kana
The maidenflower
With the autumn will fade
Soon away;
Being shifted here root and all
She must regret, today!

19[1]

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うつらずはふゆともわかじをみなへしときはのえだにさきかへらなむ

utsurazu wa
fuyu to mo wakaji
ominaeshi
tokiwa no eda ni
sakikaeranamu
Ever unfading and
All unknowing of the winter,
O, maidenflower,
On evergreen branches
I would you returned to bloom!

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[1] Shinsen man’yōshū 514

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 80

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ふくみあへず消えなむ雪を冬の日の花と見ればや鳥のとむらん

fukumiaezu
kienamu yuki o
fuyu no hi no
hana to mireba ya
tori no touran
Unable enter in
The vanishing snow
On a winter’s day,
Mistaking it for blossom, is that why
The birds do seek it out?

155

Right

This poem is missing from extant texts of the competition.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 79

Left

白露ぞ霜となりける冬のよはあまの河さへ水こほりけり

shiratsuyu zo
shimo to narikeru
fuyu no yo wa
ama no kawa sae
mizu kōrikeri
Silver dewdrops
Have turned to frost
On this winter’s night
Even the River of Heaven’s
Waters have frozen.

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冬の海に降りいる雪やそこにゐて春たつ浪の花とさくらん

fuyu no umi ni
furi’iru yuki ya
soko ni ite
haru tatsu nami no
hana to sakuran
Upon the sea in winter,
Falling down, is the snow:
Does it rest upon the bed and
With the waves breaking in springtime
Bloom into blossom?

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 76

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足引の山のかけはし冬くればこほりのうへをよきぞかねつる

ashihiki no
yama no kakehashi
fuyu kureba
kōri no ue o
yoki zo kanetsuru
To the leg-wearying
Mountain plankways,
When the winter comes
The ice atop them
Is difficult to avoid!

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ふゆくれば雪ふりつもる高きみね立つ白雲に見えまがふかな

fuyu kureba
yuki furitsumoru
takaki mine
tatsu shirakumo ni
miemagau kana
When the winter comes
The snow fallen, piled high upon
The lofty peaks
With the rising clouds so white
Is easy to confuse!

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 75

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をとめ子がひかげのうへに降る雪は花のまがふにいづれたがへり

otomego ga
hikage no ue ni
furu yuki wa
hana no magau ni
izure tagaeri
Maidens
In the sunlight, with
The falling snow;
Such a blending of blossoms—
How do they differ?

145

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かきくらし散る花とのみふる雪は冬のみやこの雲のちるかと

kakikurashi
chiru hana to nomi
furu yuki wa
fuyu no miyako no
kumo no chiru ka to
Quickly darkening with
Scattered blossom that is simply
Falling snow,
Is the capital in winter
Strewn with cloud?

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Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 74

Left 白雪の降りつもれる山里は人さへやおもひ消ゆらむ[1]

shirayuki no
furitsumoreru
yamazato wa
sumu hito sae ya
omoikiyuramu
White snow
Has fallen, drifted high around
The mountain home;
Might even he who lives there
Be buried in melancholy?

This poem is missing from some texts of the contest and thus is unnumbered.

Right

ひかりまつ枝にかかれる雪をこそ冬の花とはいふべかりけれ

hikari matsu
eda ni kakareru
yuki o koso
fuyu no hana to wa
iubekarikere
Awaiting the light
Upon the branches clings
Snow:
Winter’s blossom—that’s what
It should be called!

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[1] Kokinshū VI: 328, attributed to Mibu no Tadamine.

Kanpyō no ōntoki kisai no miya uta’awase 70

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冬の池のうへはこほりてとぢたるをいかでか月のそこにすむらん

fuyu no ike no
ue wa kōrite
tojitaru o
ikade ka tsuki no
soko ni sumuramu
A winter pond is
Frozen above and
Completely sealed, so
Why is it that the moon
Seems so clear upon its bed?

Tomonori
137

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ふゆさむみみのもにかくるますかがみとくも我なむ老いまどふべく

fuyu samumi
mi no mo ni kakuru
masukagami
toku mo warenamu
oimadoubeku
In winter’s chill
Upon the water’s surface rests
A clear glass, but
Long since did I break it—
Surely confused in my old age!

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