Haji no Mimichi

Haji no Mimichi

Haji no Mimichi (土師 水通 / 土師 御通) was a member of the Haji Clan living during the Nara Period. In the Haji Clan he is seen as the most prolific poet with five of his poems surviving.

During his lifetime he served under Ōtomo no Tabito during his time in Dazaifu, Kyushu.

One of his poems goes as follows, and is very similar to a poem written by his descendant Sugawara no Michizane as they both use plum blossoms as an image to express sorrow.

Japanese textRomanized Japanese
English translation
Ume no hana
Orikazahitsutsu
Morohito no
Asobu o mireba
Miyako shizo mō
Decorated with sprays of plum blossoms
They all amuse themselves.
When I see them,
I long for the capital.

In his poem he is lamenting, as he cannot enjoy the literary gathering that Tabito is having as it reminds him of his home in Nara.1

Footnotes

1. Borgen, R. (1975) “The Origins of the Sugawara. A History of the Haji Family”. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol.30 No.4 pp.405-422

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Haji no Mimichi