Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Kokinshu #458

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 07:03
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Cape Kara (Karasaki)

    How long ago
did you cross ahead of me
    to over yonder?
On the path of the waves,
not even a wake remains.

—7 October 2013

Original by Abo no Tsunemi, who appears in court records as a scholar and middling courtier between 893 and his death in 912. This is his only poem in the Kokinshu. ¶ Cape Kara is on the southwest shore of Lake Biwa in modern Ôtsu City. To my Western ear this sounds like an elegy, but Japanese commentaries don't mention the possibility.


kano kata ni
itsu kara saki ni
watarikemu
namiji wa ato mo
nokorazarikeri


---L.

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As language practice, I was translating classical Japanese poetry -- most recently, book 11 (love part 1) of the Kokinshu anthology. This project is, however, on hiatus. Past translations are archived here. Suggestions, corrections, and questions always welcome.

There's also original pomes in the journal archives.

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