Minamoto no Shitagō

Minamoto no Shitagō
Minamoto no Shitagō by Kikuchi Yōsai.

Minamoto no Shitagō

Minamoto no Shitagō (源 順) also known as Minamoto no Shitagau was a Heian Period poet living from 911 to 983AD.12 Later in life he became a Buddhist Monk and took the name of Ambō-hōshi.2

As well as being a poet, he was also a member of the Nashitsubo no Gonin and so worked on the Gosenshū. He was listed as one of the Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses.12 and was tasked to make a scholarly study of the Man’yōshū.1

Growing up he graduated from the Court University (Daigakuryō) as a scholar in Japanese and Chinese.1

He has many works attributed to him. Around 934 he published the Wamyō Ruijushō (Classified List of Japanese Reading)2, a Japanese dictionary of Chinese Characters.1

Minamoto no Shitagō
Minamoto no Shitagō by Kanō Yasunobu.

He also had a personal collection of poetry called the Minamoto no Shitagau shū.1 He is also quoted, though it is not certain, as having written the Ochikubo Monogatari and Utsubo Monogatari.2

Poems of his were included in the Wakan rōeishū.1


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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