|Text(Edward G. Seidensticker; The Tale of Genji）
|<The Meiden> p384-01
The hills were high in the southeast quarter, where spring-blossoming trees and bushes were planted in large numbers. The lake was most ingeni-ously designed. Among the plantings in the forward parts of the garden were cinquefoil pines, maples, cherries, wisteria, yamabuki,* and rock aza-lea, most of them trees and shrubs whose season was spring. Touches of autumn too were scattered through the groves.
Yellow yamabuki reflected on the lake as if about to join its own image.
"The breezes blow, the wave flowers brightly blossom.
Will it be the Cape of Yamabuki?"
"Is this the lake where flows the River of Ide, †
That yamabukishould plunge into its depths?"
The birds brought cherry blossoms in silver vases, the butterflies yamabuki in gold vases. In wonderfully rich and full bloom, they completed a perfect picture.
<The Typhoon> p464-16
She was not perhaps the equal of the other lady of whom he had recently had a glimpse, but she brought a smile of pleasure all the same. She would not have seemed in hopeless competition with Murasaki. He thought of a rich profusion of yamabuki sparkling with dew in the evening twilight.
<The Cypress Pillar> p508-30
The Third Month came. Wisteria and yamabuki were in brilliant flower.
<The Wizard> p725-37
Tears darkened the yellow cascade of yamabuki.
<The Wizard> p727-12
"She is no longer here to enjoy her spring flowers, and I am afraid that they do very little for me these days. But if they are beautiful anywhere it is on an altar." He paused. "And her yamabuki―it is in bloom as I cannot remember having seen it before. The sprays are gigantic.
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