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

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN
A Farewell to Spring
Time span: 1324-1327.Main subjects: Death of Retired Emperor Go-Uda; compilation of Shokugo- shūishū; anti-shogunate plot of Emperor Go-Daigo and resultant difficulties with Kamakura; death of Crown Prince Kuninaga and appointment of Prince Kazuhito as his successor.Principal characters:Crown princes:
1. Kuninaga. Son of Emperor Go-Nijō; nephew of Go-Daigo. Dies in 1326.
2. Kazuhito. Son of Go-Fushimi; the future Emperor Kōgon. Named crown prince in 1326.
Go-Daigo, Emperor. Reigning sovereign. Son of Go-Uda.
Go-Fushimi, Retired Emperor. Son of Fushimi; senior member of Jimyō- in line.
Go-Uda, Retired Emperor. Son of Kameyama; father of Go-Daigo. Senior member of Daikakuji line.
Tameyo, Fujiwara(Nijō). Head of the Nijō school of poetry.

From around the end of the fourth month on, the increasingly precarious state of Retired Emperor Go-Uda's health gave rise to a degree of concern such as may be imagined. In great distress, Emperor Go-Daigo commissioned innumerable esoteric rites in addition to the prayers already being performed, but nothing seemed to help: the patient's condition worsened with every passing day. The emperor sent messages of inquiry day and night. Mounted on horses from the imperial stables, young nobles in informal cloaks galloped over the long road to Saga at midnight and before dawn, with their cap streamers fastened in loops.

Upon being informed that all hope had vanished, the emperor traveled in person to the Daikakuji Temple, a journey that brought back many memories. His father spoke to him of various matters, including his decision to give large numbers of estates and pasturelands to the Daikakuji so that the abbacy there might go to his beloved son Priestly Imperial Prince Shōen, the emperor's uterine brother. He brought up such things to avoid difficulties after his death.

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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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