Fujiwara no Atsutada

Fujiwara no Atsutada
Fujiwara no Atsutada by Kanō Naonobu.

Fujiwara no Atsutada

Fujiwara no Atsutada (藤原敦忠) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Hokke Branch of this clan. He was the son of Fujiwara no Tokihira and brother to Fujiwara no Akitada.

Also known as Honin Chūnagon he was a statesman and poet in his lifetime.1

In addition to this we know he was a renowned musician and is included in the Tales of Yamato.

30 of his poems can be found in the Imperial Anthologies as well as in a private collection, and he was included in Kintō’s list of Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses.

One of his poems (No.43) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:2

Japanese text3
Romanized Japanese2
English translation2
Aimite no
nochi no kokoro ni
mukashi wa mono no
When I compare my heart
from before we met,
to after we made love
I know I had not yet grasped
the pain of loving you.


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
3. 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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