〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
He traveled various places, supporting these emperors and making
many poems. About 450 of his poems were put in Manyoshu, a book of the
oldest poems in Japan. When he was older, he came back to Masuda
and died at Kamoshima in the year 724.
The successive emperors of the Edo era had dedicated many poems to this shrine.They are displayed in the treasury of this shrine.
On leaving his wife as he set out from Iwami for the capital. Ⅱ:131-3
Along the coast of Tsunu
On the sea of Iwami
One may find no sheltering bay,
One may find no sequestered lagoon.
O well if there be no bay!
O well if there be no lagoon!
Upon Watazu’s rocky strand,
Where I travel by the whale-haunted sea,
The wind blows in the morning,
And the waves wash at eve
The sleek sea-tangle and the ocean weed,
All limpid green.
Like the sea-tangle, swaying in the wave
Hither and thither, my wife would cling to me,
As she lay by my side.
Now I have left her, and journey on my way,
I look back a myriad times
At each turn of the road.
Father and father my home falls behind,
Steeper and steeper the mountains I have crossed.
My wife must be languishing
Like drooping summer grass.
I would see where she dwells---
Bend down, O mountains!
Source: "1000 Poems from the Manyoshu" by The complete Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai Translation
17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan