Kokinshu IX (a) - BOOK IX Travel Poems 406 0 On gazing at...

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Unformatted text preview: BOOK IX Travel Poems 406 0 On gazing at the moon in China. I gaze across the endless plains of the sky can that moon be the one that comes from the rim of Mount Mikasa in Kasuga ama no hara furisake mireba kasuga naru mikasa no yama ni ideshi tsuki ka mo Abe no Nakamaro This story is told of this poem: Long ago Nakamaro was sent by the Mikado to China to study. For many years he was unable to return, but, when at last he was to accompany an imperial envoy back, the Chinese held a farewell banquet at a place by the sea called Mei. It is said this poem was composed when nightfall and the moon rose bewitchingly. For Kasuga, see 364. Kasuga Shrine stands at the foot of Mikasa Mountain. Before leaving for China, envoys such as Nakamaro prayed at Kasuga. 407 0 Sent to friends in the capital when his ship was setting sail fir exile in Olei. wata no hara oh fishing vessels yaso shima kakete please take this message back to kogiidenu to ' those I love over hito ni wa tsuge yo the vast blue ocean’s expanse ama no tsuribune I’ve IOWed toward endless isles Ono no Taleamum The island of Oki was a notorious place of exile for political prisoners. Takamura was appointed envoy to China but refused to go; he was exiled in 8 38. I64 Koleinsht-I 408 0 Topic unknown. miyako idete today I left the ‘ ky5 mika no hara capital Mika Meadow lzumi gawa and the lzumi River are in sight chill Winds blow Mount Kase Lend a Robe kawa kaze samushi koromo kase yama Anonymous Mika (here u_sed to mean "seeing" and “third day”) Meadow lies along the northern bank of the Otsu River near Kyoto. The lzumi River flows west through Yamashiro Province to join the Yodo and form the Kizu River near Kase (Lend) Mountain. Kasc (lend; place name) functions as a kakekotoba. 409 0 Topic unknown. honobono to dimly through morning akashi no ura no mists over Akashi Bay my asagiri ni longings trace the ship vanishing from sight floating silently behind the isle shimagakure yuku fune o shi zo omou Anonymous Some say this poem was composed by Kaleinomoto no Hitomaro. “Honobono to" (dimly) is a makurakotoba for “akashi” (dawn). Akashi Bay is in Hyogo Prefecture, Akashi City. 4 I O 0 Once Narihira invited one or two friends to travel east with him. When they reached a place in Mileawa Province called Yatsuhashi, they dismounted to sit in the shade qf some trees, attracted by some irises blooming by the river. Narihira composed this poem expressing the feelings of a traveler, beginning each line with a syllable of the word “kaleitsubata” (iris). familiar as the comfort of a well-worn robe is my beloved oh how this distant journey fills my heart with regret kara kocomo kitsutsu narenishi tsuma shi areba harubaru kinuru tabi o shi zo omou Ariwara no Narihira Mikawa Province is now Aichi Prefecture. Poems 410 and 4H are included in The Tales of lse, 9. The introductions are nearly the same as the Ise text; presumably the 165 ...
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