Inpumon’in no Tayū

Inpumon'in no Tayū

Inpumon’in no Tayū

Inpumon’in no Tayū (殷富門院大輔) was a Japanese poet and daughter to Fujiwara no Nobunari who lived from c.1130-c.1200.

During her lifetime she served Princess Ryoshi.

She was held in high regard by Teika and is seen to have participated in many poetry contests, and was a member of the Karin’en Poetic Circle.

We can find 63 of her poems in the Imperial Anthologies as well as in a private collection.1

One of her poems (No.90) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Ojima no ama no
sode dani mo
nure ni zo nureshi
iro wa kawarazu
How I would like to show you -
the fishermen's sleeves of Ojima
are drenched, but even so
have not lost their colour,
as minehave, bathed in endless tears.


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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Inpumon'in no Tayū