[The Story of the Hyakunin Isshu] No. 64: “Ajiroki of the Zezes that are covered with fog in the river mist of Uji in the morning” (Gon Chunagon Sadayori)  

No. 64 “Morning blur in Uji”river mistThe wickerwork of the mountains that spreads all over the place” (Gon Chunagon Sadayori)

This song is actually an innovative piece. Waka poetry was originally a collection of words that originated from the human heart, so they were entrusted to natural scenery and clearly revealed the depth of human feelings and thoughts. The best examples of this are the songs by Komachi Ono in No. 9 and Yoshitada Sone in No. 46. But guess what, this song has no drama at all. It's just about me and a piece of scenery that I thought was nice. In fact, poems in this pure sketch style are rare in waka poetry, and they gradually began to increase after the Sandaishu and reached their peak in the Kyogoku school.

By the way, ``Ajiro'' is a device used to catch ice fish (sweetfish fry), and Uji was a fishing ground for ice fish swimming from Lake Biwa. Therefore, during this period, the relationship between Uji and Ajiro, and Ajiro and Uji was established, and if Ajiro was depicted in a poem or painting, people would naturally understand the landscape of Uji.

Now, the question is, who wrote this extraordinary song? His name was Sadayori Fujiwara, also known as Gon Chunagon Sadayori, and he was the eldest son of Gon Dainagon, and is said to have been a master of music and calligraphy as well as singing. yeah? When you think of Sadayori, don't you think of him? Yes, this is the exchange with No. 60, Koshikibu Naishi Samurai. That frivolous and frivolous man turns out to be Sadayori! I have mixed feelings about this, but since the work and the author are separate, let's soak in the shadows of the Uji River in winter, like an ink painting, for a moment.

(Written by Uchida Engaku, a poet)

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