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Autumn III: 10



matsu kage ni
ikade shigure no
iwamoto hahaso
hatsu momijiseri
Beneath the pine trees’ shade
Why has the shower
Drenched all?
The oak tree, at the crag-foot
Has its first scarlet leaf.





yamashina no
iwata no ono ni

aki kurete
kaze ni iro aru
hahasowara kana
In Yamashina
At Iwata-no-Ono
Autumn is almost done
Its hues are in the wind
Upon the oak groves.

Lord Takanobu.


The Right ask whether the Left can cite a poem as a precedent for the expression ‘oak tree, at the crag-foot’ (iwamoto hahaso). The Left respond that they cannot bring one to mind immediately. However, ‘crag-foot’ is often used about a range of plants of various kinds. Thus, where is the fault in using it? The Left have no criticisms to make of the Right’s poem.

Shunzei’s judgement: It is not particularly important whether there is a precedent for the Left’s use of ‘oak tree, at the crag-foot’ [shōka no yūmu ni oyobubekarazu]. The final section, ‘has its first scarlet leaf’(hatsu momijiseri), however, given that what comes before is a standard poem [tsune no uta], is somewhat over-explicit [niwaka ni kotogotoshiku haberumere]. The Right’s poem has nothing particular to say. Starting with ‘Yamashina’ sounds overly blunt [amari ni tashika ni kikoetaru]. In addition, the final section displays no deep thought [munen narubeshi]. So, again, the round is a tie.

GSIS XIX: 1142

Once, when she was on her way to Ishiyama, she stopped to rest at a place called Yamashina; the master of the house there was interested in her and so suggested that she might stop there again on her way back. She composed this to say she would do nothing of the sort.


kaFeru sa wo
mati kokoromiyo
kaku nagara
yomo tada nite Fa
yamasina no sato
For my journey home
I’ll be waiting-see if that’s the truth!
Were it so,
Surely like this
We would not remain, in your house in Yamashina!

Izumi Shikibu