As I approached the Narumi tidelands I glanced back at the shrine and saw patches of the scarlet fence that surrounded it gleaming through the mist. I struggled to suppress the tears that welled up.

Have pity on me, O gods
Enshrined by braided strands
My fate has twisted now to grief. [4.19]

sad girl

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From The Confessions of Lady Nijō, translated by Karen Brazell - About this site