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Plays DataBase Saigyō-zakura (Saigyō and the Cherry Tree) : PhotoStory StoryDataPhotoStory
 

As Saigyō sleeps under the cherry blossom tree, an old man appears in his dream.
高橋章
The old man remonstrates with Saigyō about his poem when people came to view the cherry blossoms and disturbed the quiet: “It is the fault of the blossoms that the people gather.”
桜間金太郎
The blossoms are insentient, so they are without sin, the old man says. He reveals that he is the spirit of the tree.
喜多節世
The spirit of the tree is happy to make the acquaintance of Saigyō and be exposed to the teachings of Buddhism.
関根祥六
The spirit of the tree starts to dance, listing places in the capital that are famous for cherry blossoms.
谷村一太郎
Calmly, the spirit of the tree dances with dignity and elegance.
観世銕之丞
Time passes. At dawn, Saigyō awakens from his dream. The spirit of the tree has disappeared.
近藤乾之助
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