Kiyohara no Fukayabu

Kiyohara no Fukayabu
Fukayabu in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Kiyohara no Fukayabu

Kiyohara no Fukayabu (清原 深養父) was a poet who flourished around the 9th and 10th centuries. He was a descendant of Prince Toneri, grandfather of Motosuke and the great-grandfather of Sei Shonagon.

Fujiwara no Kiyosuke, a late Heian poetic critic, rated him as a first class poet as good as those listed in the 36 Poetic Geniuses.

We can find 41 of his poems in the Imperial Anthologies, 17 of them in the Kokinshū. One of his poems (No.36) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Natsu no yo wa
mada yoi nagara
akenuru o
kumo no izuko ni
tsuki yadoruran
On this summer night
when twilight has so quickly
become the dawn,
where is the moon at rest
among the clouds?


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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Kiyohara no Fukayabu