Fujiwara no Sadayori

Fujiwara no Sadayori
Fujiwara no Sadayori.

Fujiwara no Sadayori

Fujiwara no Sadayori (藤原定頼) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan living from 995 to 1045AD. He was the grandson of Emperor Murakami and son of the Fujiwara no Kinto, the man who created the Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses.

During his life he is known to have held the positions of Director of Military Affairs, and later, Middle Counsellor. Well known during his life as both a calligrapher and poet forty-five of his poems were collected in the imperial waka anthologies, and he also had a private poetry collection. He was later ascribed as one of the Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses of the Late Classical Period.

One of his poems (No. 64) was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Uji no kawagiri
se-ze no arirogi
As the dawn mist
thins in patches
on the Uji River,
in the shallows appear
glistening stakes of fishing nets.


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 of the Late Classical Period
Fujiwara no Sadayori * Fujiwara no Masatsune * Fujiwara no Michinobu * Fujiwara no Michitsuna no Haha * Fujiwara no Mototoshi * Fujiwara no Yoshitaka * Kujō Yoshitsune * Priest Nōin

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