Commonly known as Araki-gire (荒木切)
Late Heian period, second half of 11th century
Page from book, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on decorated paper
20.3 x 13.8 cm (8 x 5 3/8 in.)
Ex Coll.: Araki Sōhaku
Only briefly do the autumn grasses display their beauties, / yet each night the dew has come to dye the petals deeper colors.
[Poem 451 by Ariwara no Shigeharu (d. ca. 905)]
Nigatake [Long-Jointed Bamboo]
// Shigeharu // Difficult it is to depend on sips of dew / to sustain one’s life — / so anxiously they pipe long, lonely hours, / insects of the fields.
[Poem 452 by Kagenori no Ōkimi (fl. late 9th c)]
// Kagenori no Ōkimi // Already the moon has half climbed the celestial dome / as night grows old — / oh autumn wind from the peaks / blow it backward on its course!