This is a piece of genre Jiuta in the style of Tegotomono from the Ikuta Ryû - 生田 School.
This piece was composed for Koto by the person Yaezaki Kengyo.
This piece was composed for Shamisen by the person Matsûra Kengyo.
Poem (translated by John Tedford)
In the spring breeze
which blows across the fields of tea,
harvested for countless generations,
the floating sleeves
of the goddess Saohime,
spring bearer of Kotobuki ["good fortune"]
are like Wakamidori ["young and green"]
She shyly shows to public view
Hatsumukashi ["first-picked tea"]
Penetrating the mists
at Aoyama ["green mountain"]
is Komatsu no Shiro ["fortress of the little pine"]
of Aya no Mori ["forest of twilled cloth"],
free from nature's harm a thousand years
is like the unravaged, ageless
Babamukashi ["old woman's tea"]
The decorative leaves for
the New Year
at the shrine of Matsu-no-o
will bestow on anyone a longer life
like Chiyo no Midori ["green of a thousand generations"]
and Nochimukashi ["last-picked tea"]
will endure until the twilight of the gods.
Glistening in the sunlight
is Sono no Ume ["garden plum"]
and also Shiraume ["white plum"]
so full of color and fragrance.
Kawayanagi ["river willow"]
is deep-reflected in the waters
where the waves of Uji
flood into Lake Biwa.
The mountain rose
shows its first petals
and we scent the fragrance
of Hanatachibana ["orange tree"]
Like an auspicious dream
the sweet smell of Oritaka ["dream hawk"]
and in the talons of Kotaka ["little hawk"]
is grasped a branch.
In the plentiful shade of the trees
of Ichimori ["one forest"]
[we see] the hermitage of Kisen ["joyous choice"]
the mountain peak in summer
and even hear Taki no Oto ["sound of the waterfall"]
At the edge of Asahi-yama
near Kikusui ["chrysanthemum water"]
[we find] Usumomiji ["delicate autumn foliage"].
Searching for food
at the summit of Mount Takao,
the voices of wild geese
reach even Mount Kasadori ["taking an umbrella"].
How innumerable and wonderful
are the names of teas!
Oiraku ["the pleasure of old ago"]
puts the heart at ease
and Mai-zuru ["dancing crane"]
sings in celebration.
Uji Meguri appears on the following albums