Fujiwara no Akihira

Mon of the Fujiwara Clan.

Fujiwara no Akihira

Fujiwara no Akihira (藤原 明衡) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan living from 989-1066.12 He was the father of two sons Atsumoto and Atsumitsu and during his lifetime held the position of Monjō Hakase at court and as a poet his works were inspired by confucianism.1 His works were the originator of the Fujiwara style of Chinese prose writing.2

Around 1060 he compiled the Honchō monzui, a group of 14 scrolls contains 427 poem in Chinese by Japanese authors. Additionally, he compiled the Meigō ōrai, a collection of models for letter writing, as well as the Shin sarugōki which describes life in Kyoto during the lifetime of Akihira.12


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

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Fujiwara no Akihira
Fujiwara no Akihira