Fujiwara no Sanesada

Fujiwara no Sanesada

Fujiwara no Sanesada

Fujiwara no Sanesada (藤原 実定) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan. Living from 1139-1191AD he was the nephew of Fujiwara no Shunzei.

His career was setback due to the Taira Clan, however, after there demise he was made Minister of the Left in 1189 and he was also known to have be renowned as a poet and musician.

Two years later he then falls ill, taking the tonsure and dying soon after.

Literarily we can find 78 of his poems in the Imperial Anthologies, and he also left a private collection of poetry and a diary.

One of his poems (No.81) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
nakitsuru kata o
tada ariake no
tsuki zo nokoreru
I look out to where
the little cuckoo called,
but all that is left to see
is the pale moon
in the sky of dawn.


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.

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Fujiwara no Sanesada