Nashitsubo no Gonin

Nashitsubo no Gonin

The Nashitsubo no Gonin (Five Men of the Pear Chamber – 梨壺の五人) was the term used in 951 for a group of five men who helped in compiling the Gosenshū.1 These people were chosen specifically by Emperor Murakami and were additionally tasked to make a scholarly study of the Man’yōshū.2

They consisted of:

Note from Eli: So far I have only been able to find depicitons of three of these men, see below:

Kiyohara MotosukeMinamoto no Shitagō
Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.

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

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Nashitsubo no Gonin