2018年8月7日火曜日

Tanka for The Star Festival 七夕に


深草の百夜通ひの死にて遂げ愛は留まり現世(うつしよ)越ゆる

Fukakusa's death
because of visiting Ono Komachi
for one hundred nights
made his wish come true 
…love stays beyond this transient world



※今日は旧歴の七夕です。秋田県湯沢市では85日から7日まで七夕絵灯籠祭りが開かれました。写真は今年の絵灯籠ではありませんが、一説に湯沢市小野の出身といわれている小野小町とその恋人の深草少将です。二人のあいだには百夜通いのという悲恋伝説があります。深草少将は絶世の美女といわれている小野小町をとても愛し求愛したのですが、小野小町はなかなかその愛を遂げさせてくれませんでした。そして、深草の思いを諦めさせようと「私のもとへ百夜通ったなら、あなたの意のままになろう」と彼に告げます。言われたとおり、深草は小町のもとに通い続けますが、百日目の夜、小野小町のもとに行く途中、雪(嵐とも言われています)のために、それ以上歩くことができず倒れ、深草は息絶えてしまいます。小野小町は彼の死を悲しみ、その後生涯悩み続けたといわれています。
この悲恋を七夕の絵灯籠を見ながら、詠んでみました。

Today is the star festival called Tanabata according to the lunar calendar. Tanabata Lantern Painting Festival was held Aug. 5-7 in Yuzawa City, Akita, Japan. The phographs of the lantern painting were taken years ago by me. One painting shows  Ono Komachi, who is said to have been born in Yuzawa City and  was well-known as a  Waka/ Tanka poet in A.D.9ct. and the other shows a Major General, a noble Fukakusa, There is a love tragedy between them: Fukakusa very much loved Ono Komachi, who was known as a lady of great beauty, and he paid court to her.  However she did not accept his love, which might have made her feel bothersome because she was loved by many men, and she told him, “If you visit me every night for a one hundred days, I will accept your love”,   So Fukakusa tried to complete her assingnment but at one hundred night, on the way to he r house, he was killed in snow (storm).  It prevented him from waliking ahead and he fell down…
Ono Komachi was filled with grief of his death and she is said to have suffered from this for the rest of her life.
Seeing the lantern paintings made me compose some tankas and I posted one of them here.



©Rika Inami稲美 里佳

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彼の君が百夜通いし京の路想いを遂げて深草の露

©Ryuuji Suwa

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one hundred nights
extended in the eternity
waiting to seal the love
full of lanterns


©Miriam Straus

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身を焼いて までも恋うるか 夜燈の蛾

©豊田 隆志


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thousand storms and droughts
thousand days and nights
looking back
you were there
…supreme Love



Photograph & Tanka ©Noriyuki Sawada



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beauty's worth
paying with life to win her heart

fragile lantern


©Ashoka Weerakkody

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Oh spirits surround me
I want to dance on the breeze
Nothing to hold me
Moving journey
To our our hearts and minds of my being



©Robert Patterson



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