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A page from the Meigetsuki.


The Meigetsuki (明月記), also known as the Shōkōki, was the diary of Fujiwara no Teika.

Written in Chinese (kambun) there are many copies which have survived to this day with different variations to them. The diary itself covers the years 1180-1235.

In the text, much discussion is given to poetry, but it also contains a lot of important information about the courtier-warrior relationships during the Kamakura Period due to Teika’s personal connections during his life.

Parts of the diary were also used as a source for the Azuma Kagami.1

External Links


1. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

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