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A story about father and boy marrying the same woman ~ Tai no Onkata and the poet Ise

If you look at the parent-child relationships of noblemen in the Heian period, you will find incestuous marriages here and there, and I can't help but feel that this was possible if it was between half-brothers and sisters. However, in case the father and boy marry the same woman, I feel a sense of discomfort. It may not have been a big problem because the ethical hurdles were low because of marital marriage, but seeing the case that Izumi Shikibu is also being fought over by two imperial princes, I'm afraid I would be advised "you don't say such uncouth things!" from the people of 1,000 years ago.


I just watched the second episode of the NHK taiga drama ``Hikaru Kimi e.'' Kaneie, who is trying to climb to the top of power, made his daughter Suishi, who was a daughter made with Tai no Onkata (one of concubines), marry into Imperial Prince Okisada (Emperor Sanjo) to become a maternal relative of the emperor. Soon after Kaneie passed away, Imperial Prince Okisada began to dislike Suishi, but in the meantime, his cousin Yorisada Minamoto (son of Imperial Prince Tamehira) began visiting her, and she became pregnant. Although Okisada was coldhearted to her, he was very angry that his wife had been taken away, but since both were grandsons of Emperor Murakami and could not get into an ugly fight, and the child (Raiken) later entered a temple. Now, after Kaneie passed away, Tai no Onkata became Michitaka's concubine and gave birth to another daughter, but she also became a lady-in-waiting to the Empress of Sanjo, Kenshi, who was Michinaga's daughter. . .

If you can immediately understand human relationships from the above sentence, you are quite intelligent.

In short, the father (Kaneie) and the eldest brother (Michitaka) married the same woman (Tai no Onkata) and each produced a daughter, the older woman became the wife of the Imperial Prince (Emperor Sanjo), and the younger woman became the lady-in-waiting of the empress of Sanjo, who was the daughter of the third son (Michinaga). No matter how many times I write about it, it's hard to understand. I am really impressed by the screenwriter (Shizuka Oishi) who has transformed this world into relatable scenarios and lines that entertain modern people.  

Ise is a famous woman for One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets. It goes back about 100 years from the era of "Hikaru Kimi e", but she was from a middle-class aristocracy (the daughter of Tsugukage Fujiwara), and while serving as a lady-in-waiting to Emperor Uda's Chugu Onshi, she gave birth to the Emperor's child (died early), and later became a member of Imperial Prince Atsuyoshi's family, and also gave birth to a daughter (Nakatsukasa). This woman was a master of love songs, and had 176 of his poems selected in the Imperial Collection of Japanese Poetry, but she was also a master of love, and was associated with Nakahira, Tokihira Fujiwara, and Sadafumi Taira. Nakatsukasa was also famous as a poet and a master of love, so there are also examples of Murasaki Shikibu and Daini Sani, Izumi Shikibu and Koshikibu no Naishi, and talent for poem and love seems inherited. On the other hand, given that the culture of this era was to first exchange poems to understand the other person's personality, a talent for waka poetry was probably a necessary condition for love. Times have passed, and it seems that such an atmosphere remained in the late Kamakura period when "Towazugatari" (by Gofukakusain Nijo) was written, but after the Muromachi period, when the samurai society controlled the social norms, the financial situation also changed, it seems that the kind of decadent (and affluent) aristocratic culture can no longer be maintained. The word "preferring love affair" does not simply mean love romance addictive, but also seems to mean ability of choosing something beautiful or excellent. In order to master this path, you will need to have both heart and money.  

In the Tale of Genji, Hikaru Genji was in love with Fujitsubo, the wife of his father, Emperor Kiritsubo, for a long time and had an illegitimate child (Emperor Reizei). However, the reason why Hikaru Genji is loved throughout the ages is because of the deeds(karma) of people who can empathize with him?



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