Tsuta-no-hosomichi 蔦の細道
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Lit. narrow road of ivy. Pictorial subject matter taken from Episode 9, *Azumakudari 東下り, of ISE MONOGATARI 伊勢物語 (The Tales of Ise), where the protagonist, often identified as Ariwara no Narihira 在原業平 (825-80), while traveling up Mt. Utsu (see *Utsu-no-yama 宇津の山) along a narrow road overgrown with ivy and maples, meets a wandering ascetic headed back towards the capital and entrusts him with a message for a lady there. It reads: Suruga naru/ Utsu no yamabe no/ utsutsu nimo/ yume nimo hito ni/ awanu narikeri 駿河なる 宇津の山辺の うつつにも 夢にも人に あわぬなりけり.

*ise monogatari-e 伊勢物語絵

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