The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333)

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN
The Hills of Autumn
Time span: 1318-1324.Main subjects: Accession of Emperor Go-Daigo and selection of Prince Kuninaga as crown prince; Emperor Go-Daigo's ladies; compilation of Shokusenzaishū and other literary activities; Emperor Go-Daigo's ceremonial filial visit; transfer of political authority from Retired Emperor Go-Uda to Emperor Go-Daigo; imperial visits to Iwashimizu and Kamo; homosexual loves of the former regent Iehira.Principal characters:
Go-Daigo, Emperor. Son of Go-Uda. Reigns alone after 1321.
Go-Fushimi, Retired Emperor. Son of Fushimi; head of the Jimyō-in line.
Go-Uda, Retired Emperor. Son of Kameyama; senior member of Daikakuji line; insei ( 1318-1321).
Hanazono, Retired Emperor. Son of Fushimi; adopted son of Go-Fushimi; immediate predecessor of Go-Daigo.
Iehira, Konoe. Son of Iemoto; former regent.
Kishi, Saionji. Daughter of Sanekane; empress of Go-Daigo. Later called Go-Kyōgoku-in.
Sanehira, Saionji. Son of Kinhira; becomes palace minister.
Tameyo, Nijō. Son of Tameuji; head of the conservative Nijō school of poetry.

Emperor Hanazono abdicated on the 26th of the second month in the second year of Bumpō [ 1318]. His action must have been welcomed by the crown prince, who was already 30 and anxious to succeed to the throne. Retired Emperor Go-Uda came to the city to establish a cloister government. Previously, the former sovereign had, of course, lived at the Kameyama Mansion, but more recently he had gone into retreat at a Buddhist hall near the Daikakuji -- a structure erected by his own order, where he had immersed himself in the study of profound esoteric doctrines, never visiting the capital, seldom receiving visitors, and leading a saintly life. It was hard for him to accept the sudden change to worldly duties, which proved so multifarious that he had no choice but to neglect his religious pursuits.

Emperor Go-Daigo's accession audience took place on the 29th of the third

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The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333)
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Translator's Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Figures and Tables xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Preface 27
  • Chapter One - Through Tangled Thickets 31
  • Chapter Two - the New Island Guard 46
  • Chapter Three - Mourning Attire 59
  • Chapter Four - Three Sacred Mountains 67
  • Chapter Five - Snow on the Central Plain 72
  • Chapter Six - Descending Clouds 82
  • Chapter Seven - Snow on the Northern Plain 89
  • Chapter Eight Asuka River 97
  • Chapter Nine Pillow of Grass 110
  • Chapter Ten Waves of Longevity 118
  • Chapter Eleven Ornamental Combs 136
  • Chapter Twelve Plovers by the Bay 156
  • Chapter Thirteen the Hills of Autumn 162
  • Chapter Fourteen a Farewell to Spring 174
  • Chapter Fifteen Wintry Showers 183
  • Chapter Sixteen 197
  • Chapter Seventeen the Dayflower 214
  • Reference Matter 221
  • Appendix: Title, Authorship, Date, Sources, and Texts 223
  • Notes 227
  • Glossary 267
  • Bibliography 319
  • Index 327
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