Fujiwara no Okikaze

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

Fujiwara no Okikaze

Fujiwara no Okikaze (藤原 興風) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Kyōke branch, who flourshed in the late 9th century. He was the great-grandson of Fujiwara no Hamanari.

During his life he was a prominent member of literary circles and took part in many uta awase. He was also known as a reputed koto player.

We can find a total of 17 poems within the Kokinshū, and another 21 poems in later Imperial Anthologies. We also know of a private collection of poems by him. Due to his poetry he was listed as one of the Thirty Six Poetic Geniuses.

One of his poems can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (No.34) and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Tare o ka mo
shiru hito ni sen
takasago no
matsu mo mukashi no
tomo naranakuni
Of those I loved, none are left.
Only the aged pine
of Takasago
has my years, but, alas,
he is not an old friend of mine.

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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