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KIJI NO

Low Voice and Cello

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TEXT

Japanese

TRANSLATION

English

1

Kiji no o no

Tasashiku sawaru

Sumire kana

The pheasant’s tail lightly brushes a violet

– Shushiki (1668-1725)

2

No mo yama mo

Yuki ni torarete

Nani mo nashi

Snow has captured fields and mountains; nothing remains

– Joso (1662-1704)

3

Tobu ayuno

Soko ni kumo yuku

Nagare kana

Beneath a leaping trout, the clouds are flowing

– Onitsura (1661-1738)

4

Uguisu ya

Doroashi nuguu

Umenohana

The warbler wipes muddy feet on the plum-blossoms

– Issa (1762-1826)

5

Mijika yo ya

Kemushino ueni

Tsuyunotama

A short night; dewdrops are on the hairs of a caterpillar

– Buson (1715-1783)

6

Kaze ni kite

Tsurara ni sagaru

Kaede kana

Red maple leaves, blown here by the wind, are hanging from icicles

– Itto (?-?, 18th-19th c.)

7

Amagaeru

Basho ni norite

Soyogi keri

The little rain frog rides a gently swaying banana tree

– Kikaku (1661-1707)

8

No no sue no

Kumo ni oto aru

Arare kana

The cloud at the far edge of the moor makes sound: hail

– Sokyu (1760-1843)

9

Mizutori no

Tsutsuki kudaku ya

Nami no tsuki

The rapping waterbird distorts the moon on the waves

– Zuiryu (?-?, 17th-18th c.)

10

Ochizama ni

Mizu koboshi keri

Hana tsubaki

Water spills from the cup of the camellia onto the earth

– Basho (1644-1694)

– Translations by Dawn K. Williams

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