On the Removal of Prince Ōtsu’s Remains to the Futagami Mountains

We present this work in honor of the 1,320th anniversary of the poet’s death.

01-29 Oku
Princess Ōku
Japanese
661 – 702

From tomorrow ever
Shall I regard as brother
The twin-peaked mountain of Futagami-
I, daughter of man!
I would break off the branch
Of the flowering staggerbush
Growing on the rocky shore;
But no one says he lives
To whom I would show it!

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