○第二十三帖 初音
六条院に初めての新年がやってきました。その素晴らしさは極楽浄土のように格別ですが、明石の君は離れて暮らす姫君に新年のお祝いと一緒に文を届けます。「年月をまつにひかれて経る人にけふ鶯の初音きかせよ」

・The 23 rd Story - Hatsune
The first New Year came to Rokujo-In. This was truly wonderful for Akashi-no-Kimi, and she sent to her daughter living separately the New Year's greetings and her poem: メI have been looking forward to the time when my daughter will grow up. Please, today let me hear Uguisu (a Japanese bush warbler) for the first time this year.