Hear about Kenshō on Episode 36 of our Podcast, the Japan Archives.


Kenshō (顕昭) (c.1130-12101 / c.1160-12072 ) was the adopted son of Fujiwara no Akisuke and was both poet and Buddhist monk during his lifetime.12 He acted as leader of the Rokujo House of poetry for a time, was both a poet and poetry judge in poetic contests, and is known to have had dispute over poetic theory during the roppyakubun uta awase in 1193 with Jakuren.1

He compiled commentaries on the Man’yōshū, Kokinshū and other works and we can find 13 of his poems in the Senzai Wakashū.12


1. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
2. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.

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