Fujiwara no Tadamichi

Fujiwara no Tadamichi
Fujiwara no Tadamichi.

Fujiwara no Tadamichi

Fujiwara no Tadamichi (藤原 忠通) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Hokke Branch of this clan, living from 1097-1164. He was also known as Hōshō-ji kampaku.

He held several positions during his career including kampaku in 1121, sesshō in 1123 and dajō daijin in 1129.

He had a relatively large family with five sons (Motozane, Motofusa, Kanezane, Kanefusa, Jien) one daughter (Masako) and two other adopted daughters (Ikushi, Teishi). Most of his daughters married Emperors.

He is known to have a written a memoir titled hōshō-ji kampaku-ki1 and he is one of the principal characters in the pages of the Hōgen Mongatari, with poem 75 in the book adressed to him.

As a poet he was regarded very highly, creating poetry in both Japanese and Chinese. Following his death he left an anthology of poems and a collection on kanshi. We can find 58 poems of his in the Imperial Anthologies, and one of his poems (No.76) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:2

Japanese text3
Romanized Japanese2
English translation2
わたの原
こぎ出でて見れば
久方の
雲井にまよふ
おきつしらなみ
Wata no hara
kogiidete mireba
hisakata no
kumoi ni magau
oki tsi shiranami
Rowing out on the vast ocean,
when I look all around
I cannot tell aort
white billows in the offing
from the far-off clouds.

Footnotes

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.

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