[The Story of Hyakunin Isshu] No. 26 “If the leaves of the leaves of Mt. Ogura are in my heart, I will now wait for Miyuki once again” (Kimi Sadanobu)

No. 26: “If the leaves of Mt. Ogura are in my heart, I will now wait for one more time.” (Koji Sadanobu)

The Heian period was, on the surface, a time of peace, and during the first half of the period, the only armed conflict that remained in history was the rebellion between Taira no Masakado and Fujiwara Sumitomo. Power in this era seems to have been determined solely by intrigue, but in reality it can be said that the "luck" of time influenced everything. Fujiwara no Michinaga was also the fifth son and was far from the head of the clan, but power came to him when his powerful older brothers Michitaka and Michikane fell ill one after another. Lord Sadanobu, or Fujiwara no Tadahira, is no exception.As a result of his older brother Tokihira, who defeated his nemesis Sugawara no Michizane with his single-minded scheming, passing away at the young age of 39, his younger brother Tadahira was given the chance.

The Hyakunin Isshu poems were selected from the Shuishu, and the lyrics say that they were composed in response to Teishin's (retired Emperor Uda's) wish to show Emperor Daigo the autumn leaves of Mt. Ogura, which he visited on his pilgrimage. It's a similar situation to No. 24 Michizane. However, he lacks the elegance of Michizane and ends up being a sycophant. Although it is regrettable for him as a poet, this dedication was probably Tadahira's talent.In fact, he had another brother with Tokihira, but he outsmarted him. This is because Tadahira's personality was loved by the emperor of the time.

(Written by Uchida Engaku, a poet)

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