Commonly known as Ishiyama-gire (石山切)
Late Heian period, 12th century
Page from book, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on decorated paper
20.1 x 15.8 cm (7 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
Ex Coll.: Osaragi Jirō; Nishi Honganji, Kyoto
…the color has deepened. // The man came and stood at her gate; hearing a cuckoo singing in a flowering orange tree, he composed the following verse and sent it to the lady: / Standing at your gate / forlorn am I as the mournful / cuckoo that sings / my sadness from his perch / among the branches of your blossoming orange tree. // To this she replied: / Hardly can he know / what errand brings you here, / the cuckoo in my tree — / Is it not his tuneful nature / thus to come and sing?