Fujiwara no Asatada

Fujiwara no Asatada
Fujiwara no Asatada in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Fujiwara no Asatada

Fujiwara no Asatada (藤原 朝忠) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan living from 910-966AD. A well known gallant, he was the fifth son of Fujiwara no Sadakata.

During his life he served as Middle Councellor and is considered to have been one of the finest poets during his generation; though his reputuation did decline over time. He was also known as Tomotada.

In total we can find 21 of his poems in Imperial Anthologies and he was included as one of the Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses.

Fujiwara no Asatada
Asatada by Kanō Yasunobu.

One of his poems can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (No.44) and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Au koto no
taete shi naku wa
hito o mo mi o mo
If we had never met,
I would not so much resent
your being cold to me
or how I've come to hate myself
because I love you so.

External Links


1. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
2. Suzuki, H. et al. (1997) ”Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”. Tokyo: Bun’eidō.

Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses
Lady Ise * Yamabe no Akahito * Ariwara no Narihira * Ki no Tomonori * Sarumaru Taifu * Ono no Komachi * Fujiwara no Kanesuke * Fujiwara no Atsutada * Fujiwara no Toshiyuki * Minamoto no Muneyuki * Minamoto no Shitagō * Kiyohara no Motosuke * Sakanoue no Korenori * Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu * Fujiwara no Okikaze * Fujiwara no Asatada

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