Genji Classical Japanese Vocab

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親添ひ下り
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A parent accompanying a priestess down [to Ise]

見放ちがたき
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Difficult to leave unattended

ことつけて
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To use as an excuse

うき世を行き離れむ
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To leave this unhappy world; "to put her troubled life behind her". Ukiyo should come across as bad.

大将の君
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Genji

さすがに
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After all; really did [want to leave]; still; all the same

口惜しく思されて
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Found it regrettable, was sorry, was disappointed

ご消息ばかりあはれなるさま...
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Moving letters

...あいなしと心強く思すなるべし。
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... she must've thought firmly to herself; No doubt she thought firmly... (べし presumptive)

...おりおりあれど
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Now and again [she went home; she went to her original residence]

あからさまに
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Briefly; for a time

え知りたまはず
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So that [Genji] would not know about it. (え=得, precedes main verb)

たはやすく御心にまかせて
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[Visit as] casually/freely as he (Genji) wanted

おぼつかなくて
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Uneasily

The Retired Emperor (Genji's father)

おどろおどろしき
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Alarming (illness)

More and more

Reputation

むげに今日明日と思す
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... thinking she would set off today or tomorrow. (mugeni appears to suggest that this is extremely soon/sudden)

心あわたたしき
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Apprehensive, under great tension, had a lot to occupy her

いでやとは思しわづらひ
she agonized over what to do; she was in a troubled by her uncertainty over what to do
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lit: Thinking of the uncertainty, she was ill

いとあまり埋れいたきを
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She worried that people might think her overly reclusive; to refuse him might be too overly reserved; she did not want to seem like a complete recluse

A screen; something between them

待ちきこえる
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To anticipate; to await; to look forward to

はるけき野辺
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Vast fields; vast expanse of the moor

ものあわれ
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Melancholy; poignant

おとろへつつ
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Dying [autumn flowers]

浅茅(あさぢ)
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Cogon grasses

かれがれなる
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Coarse (This may refer to both insects and the grasses, so "withered" works for latter)

すごく吹き...
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Blowing/Whistling bleakly

絶え絶え聞えたる
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Faintly

The sound of instruments

そのこととも聞きわかれぬ
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He could not make out the song; He could not clearly distinguish it; He could not say what the music was

いと艶なり
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Very intriguing; Very charming; An intensely eloquent beauty

睦ましき御前
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Close retainers; Trusted out-runners

御随身(みずいじん)ことごとしき姿ならで
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Honour guard dressed modestly; Honour guard dressed in a subdued fashion

ひきつくろひたまへる御用意
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His appearance which he had taken great pains to prepare; He had dressed with great care

所がらさへ身にしみて思へり。
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The place itself affected them deeply; [They] found even the setting itself quite moving

などて...か どうして...か
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[Why he had not been a frequent visitor to these parts]

ものはかなげなる小柴垣
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Within a frail, Small brushwood fence; A low feeble-looking brushwood fence enclosed...

板屋 (いたや)
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Shingle-roofed house; Board-roofed buildings

あたりあたり
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Here and there; Scattered

かりそめなめり
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Rather temporary; Lightly built; Insubstantial (the shrine would soon be rebuilt)

神々しい(こうごうしい)
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grand and awesome; holy awe

Unfinished logs; Unbarked wood

わづらはしき
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Solemn, Imposing; Forbidding

ここかしこ
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Here and there

神官(かむづかき)
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Priests

うちしはぶき
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Clearing one's throat

ほかにはさま変わりて見ゆ。
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The scene appeared unlike any other; Gave the place an air of its own; The place seemed unique

火焼屋(ひたきや)かすやかに光て
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The fire lodge glowed dimly; The fire lodge shone faintly

しめじめ
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Quiet; Subdued; Gloomy

もの思はしき人
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A person full of care; A person deep in sorrow; Someone with many troubles

いといみじうあはれに心苦し。
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It weighed on his mind greatly in sympathy; It moved him to keen sympathy; He was overcome with painful emotion

さるべき所
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A suitable place

ご消息聞こえたまふ
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He sent in word of his arrival; He announced his visit

遊びはみなやめて
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The music stopped (遊び in classical is extremely vague. Can also mean to come and go)

心にくしきけはひあまた聞ゆ。
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One could hear promising signs of movement from within; Many promising signs could be heard

何くれの...御消息
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Messages about this and that; Mere commonplaces; Messages about one thing and another

[Through] an intermediary; A go-between

いとものしと思して
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She was not pleased; She felt uncomfortable (because lack of honourific, it's her not genji feeling like this)

つきなき
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Inappropriate

注連(しめ)
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The sacred rope

いぶせうはべることをあきらめはベリにしがな。
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I want to make my innermost pent up thoughts clear to you; I want to tell you everything, all my sorrows and worries (いぶさし〜がな desiderative)

まめやかに
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Earnestly; Sincerely

Indeed

かたはらいたう
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Unbearable; Heart-wrenching

Pitiful

あつかいきこゆ
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The attendants gossiped; Said the women; The women interceded

What to do?

若々しう
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Childish

かの思さむ
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He will think

出でゐんが
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To receive [him]; To face [him]

つつましきこと
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Undignified; Embarrassing

いとものうけれど
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Very miserable; A great bother

情けなうもてさむ
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To treat him harshly; To treat him coldly

たけからねば
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Since she lacked the resolve; Since she didn't have the courage

とかく嘆きやすらひて
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Sighing and hesitating every which way; She sighed and hesitated and hesitated again

御けはひいと心にくし
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Giving an elegant impression; It was with great excitement that he heard her come forward

簀子(すのこ)
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Veranda

はなやかに
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Brilliant; Spectacular; Gorgeous [moonlight]

夕月夜(ゆうづくよ)
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Moonlight

うちふるまひ
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His movements; His figure; The way he moved about

Charm; Grace [of his movements]

月ごろの積もり
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The number of months passed; The weeks of neglect; His long silence

つきづきしう
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Plausibly; Fluently; Appropriately

まばゆき embarrassing (dazzling)
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Blinking embarrassing (dazzling)

いささか折りて
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Broke off a small branch/bit [of the sakaki tree]

A guide

The sacred fence; Holy boundary

And yet; Yet now; But still

Beckoning; Welcoming; Guiding [cedars]

まがえて
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Mistakenly [pick/break off the sakaki branch]. 紛え

少女子(おどめご)
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Shrine maidens; Holy maidens

To seek out; to follow (MZK of 尋む)

おほかたのけはひわづらはしけれど
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Although the general atmosphere was daunting; Despite the daunting character of the surroundings; Though the scene did not encourage familiarity

御簾(みす)
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The blinds

はいき着て
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Drew back [the blinds] over his head; Came in halfway under [the blind]

長押(なげし)
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The threshold beam; The lintel that bounded the room; The raised threshold

おしかかり
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To lean on


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