Chikugogire, Part of Shui Waka shu (Japanese poem), Emperor Fushimi's writing
Period : Kamakura period 13th century
Dimensions : Framing 114.0 x 35.3 cm Main paper 28.0 x 22.6 cm
Literature : Kofudegaku Taisei Vol. 7
Explanation : Emperor Fushimi (1265-1317) has written a total of 60 volumes of "Kokin-shu" 20 volumes, "Gosenshu" 20 volumes, "Shui-shu" 20 volumes. The collection of these were copied by Emperor Fushimi to one book, and is called Chikugogire.
Cloud-shaped patterns can be seen above and below the paper. This is called "Kumo-gami (cloud paper)," and according to "Kofudegaku Taisei(Overall of the study of classic writings in Japan)", the first 10 of the 20 volumes are written on purple "Kumo-gami" and the latter half, the 10th volume can be assumed to be indigo colored "Kumo-gami". In addition, from the fact that the imprint of "Gosenshu Vol. 20" says "November 5, Einin year 2 (1294)......", it is said that Emperor Fushimi was 30 years old. It is unclear in what order the three collections were written, but it can be inferred that they were mostly written at this time.
This is a part of the "Shui-shu" Collection, Volume 2, the opening scene of 'Summer' section. A peom of Yoshinobu is scattered in three lines.
"Naku koe wa mata kikane tomo
Semi no ha no usuki koromo wa
Tachiso kite keru"
-- I changed into my new summer kimono which I had made of the thin silk cloth like the wings of a cicada, even though I did not hear the buzz of the cicada (yet).
(Translation from "Japanese-English Bilingual Corpus of Wikipedia's Kyoto Articles")
Entering May, the weather became reminiscent of the early summer. This poem is suitable for the coming season.
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