So it wasn’t an official match or anything. There was a teaching event going on that I happened to walk in on and they let me join (it was either that or join a friendly tournament going on upstairs). So when they were playing learning matches I just used the cards with one of the helpers (this A級 girl), to play a more normal game. And during that Kusunoki happened to stop buy and took over for a little bit of the game.
So I took 君がためは but one could say it was half luck. But that was the only card.
As far as I know right now my rank is technically D級 since I’ve taken plart in D級 tournaments, and last year they added E級 as a mandatory starting place.
Yea I know, I was like, “I should’ve done this last week.”
And yea, I can never say her name properly, Kusunoki Saki, but my mouth always gets confused with the “no” and the “sa” and the whole thing just collapses from there. I am older than her too, but the only person to ever beat her in an official match is significantly older than her.
I’ve actually been giving a lot of thought to becoming a 公認読手 lately. Some sounds I’m so bad at hearing though, especially わすれ/わすら and なげけ/なげき
But anyways, on the subject of memorizing, I think it becomes much easier once you have a pattern to it. Obviously everyone else is different, but I can only do it in the むすめふさほせ order.
What’s really hard is forgetting, like in a tournament or any time you play multiple matches, going for where the card was in a previous match is a real problem.
Ahh that makes sense. Sometimes I go through all the poems but usually I just pick up a chunk of cards at some point during the day and go through reading all them with a timer.
Basically what I did, once I knew them all by Kimari-ji (Though really you could say first line) I just kinda would pick one and repeat it to myself over the course of the day, and it worked fairly well. The only poem I memorized without even thinking about it is the 序歌, which I suppose isn’t actually from the Hyakunin Isshu.
Yeah, if they were modern Japanese (or if I was generally more familiar with classical Japanese) I would consider just kind of picking them up and repeating them a bunch. But I like to go to explanatory sites and read the full breakdowns of the grammar and analysis.
Like とまをあらみ in the first poem is a weird thing to see if you only know modern Japanese, which makes it harder to memorize. But with the explanation that in classical Japanese (noun)を(adjective stem)+み means (noun)が(adjective)ので in modern Japanese, it falls into place more easily. But that’s why I’ve done so few lol.
Yea I know what you mean. Some are also more opaque than others, and some have more hidden meanings or background than others. たれをかも is one of them where for instance it has relation with the two other poems next to it in the 古今和歌集 that are also by Fujiwara no Okikaze. And obviously the meaning behind ちはやふる.
The other day someone asked me about 見しやそれとも (It is from 廻り逢ひて) which definitely reads like Gibberish until you learn that し is the past tense and や is basically か where it becomes a lot more understandable.