後奈良天皇女房奉書 (Go-Nara tennō nyōbō hōsho)

This document by a lady of Go-Nara’s court, from presumably 1546, describes how the “great conflict” (gekiran) of Ōnin, Kiyonori rescued the emperor’s ceremonial clothes from Yamashina. Memories of the Ōnin War remained fresh. This document also describes the other documents in this sequence and explains that Michikiyo will be allowed to have an audience in palace and achieve the fifth court rank.

Emperor Go-Nara’s Court Lady’s CommuniqueDuring the time of the great Onin Disturbance, the imperial ceremonial robes were in Yamashina. Michikiyo’s great-grandfather Kiyonori rode out to disperse the enemy, and then returned.

Due to this, a with the retired emperor’s praise and a document of the ‘s praise have been seen by those of highest rank. Over successive reigns, emperors have stated their praise.

Thus say that Michikiyo should be admitted to the ranks of the and his honorable service acknowledged.

Say that Hirohashi should speak of this.

Sincerely yours,
(Kirifu paper wrapper attached)

To the -dono

後奈良天皇女房奉書

 

おうにんのけきらんのおりふし御らいふく

山しなにてとりちらし候はんするを

みきよそうそふきよのり

ちそういたしてふしに

かへりまいり候につきて御かんの

おもむき女はうのほうしよ

てんそうのかんしゃう

御らんせられ候せん

御代にもかさねて御

かんのおもむきおほせいた

され候まゝみちきょしよ

しゃく御めんにて候いよく

ちうせつをいたし候へき

よしよく申つけ

られ候へく候

なをひろはし申され候へく候よし

申せとて候

かしく

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藤宰相とのへ

nyōbō hōsho
tensō
5th rank and above; those who can see the emperor.
Fujiwara
Counsellor