Is momiji “autumn leaves”? Or “yellow leaves”?

In modern times, ``momiji'' is mostly written as ``autumn leaves.'' However, in the ancient poetry collection Manyoshu, the expression ``yellow leaves'' is overwhelmingly used, and there are almost no expressions that refer to red autumn leaves. ``Akiyama's yellow leaves confuse the bushes, and Yamado is looking for his younger sister...

When you think of Yoshino, do you think of snow? cherry blossoms? Learn about the history of Mt. Yoshino through waka poetry

There are countless utamakura in waka poetry, but this one is probably the most important in terms of the number of times it has been written and in terms of history. This is "Yoshino". Today, Mt. Yoshino is known as part of the World Heritage Site ``Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range'', but...

Three evening songs ~Top 3 autumn sunsets~

Don't you think there are many famous autumn songs that touch your heart? Personally, when I hear nursery rhymes such as ``Makkana Autumn'' and ``Autumn Leaves,'' I am struck by a strong sense of sadness, as it also brings back memories from my childhood. In fact, many of these famous autumn songs have something in common. All of them are "Autumn evening...

A squid song that tastes as good as a chrysanthemum (listening)

By the way, do you know the "surume song"? It means that the more you listen to a song, the more you enjoy it. There are such songs in Japanese poetry as well. This is a song about ``Chrysanthemum'' that you must listen to. Flowers that are basically sung in waka, such as ``cherry blossoms'' in spring and ``hagi'' in autumn, are said to change...

How to feel the “autumn breeze” to know about autumn

In the classical literary sense of the seasons, it was the Japanese warbler that signaled the coming of spring, and the Japanese warbler that signaled the arrival of summer. So what do we know about “autumn”? →Related article: “Ayashii relationship between plum and nightingale” →Related article: “Hototogisu” is found in Kokin Wakashu. What is that?

Don't look! ? The real mid-autumn harvest moon

When you think of autumn, you think of ``moon viewing.'' The moon that falls on the fifteenth night of the eighth month in the lunar calendar is hailed as the "Harvest Moon of Mid-Autumn" and has been loved by Japanese people since ancient times. However, you need to be a little careful about how you enjoy this "moon viewing." When will the Harvest Moon be this year? If you look it up...

A special feature on "rivers" that are written about in love songs, not just the Milky Way!

This time's theme is "love" and "river". Although these two words may not seem to be connected at first glance, they are actually very closely related in waka poetry. When you think of rivers associated with love, the first thing that comes to mind is the Milky Way, which is famous for the Tanabata legend. A couple in love with each other...

Learn the differences between Manyoshu, Kokin Wakashu, and Shin Kokin Wakashu with “Tanabata Song”

Japan's traditional events have been overtaken by Western events such as Halloween and Christmas, but Tanabata has remained deeply popular from the Nara period to the present day. → Related article "Tanabata legend and romantic love songs" Songs related to Tanabata are found in the oldest collection of poems "Manyo...

The moon is autumn, isn't it? The beauty of the moon changes with each season.

When it comes to moon viewing, autumn is the best, and above all, the Harvest Moon is the best! I think there are many Japanese people who think so. It is true that on this day (mid-autumn), the media, including television, all talk about moon viewing. However, of course, the moon is empty all year round...

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