Saionji Kintsune

Saionji Kintsune
Saionji Kintsune in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Saionji Kintsune

Saionji Kintsune (西園寺 公経) was the founder of the Saionji Family (a descendant of the Fujiwara Clan), living from 1171-1244AD. His elder sister was the wife of Fujiwara no Teika.

In 1222AD he was appointed as the Chancellor of the Realm and later entered in religion in 1231AD.

He is regarded to have been one of the best poets of his time and we can find 114 of his poems in Imperial Anthologies.

One of this poems (No.96) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Hana sasou
Arashi no niwa no
Yuki narade
Furiyuku mono wa
Waga mi narikeri
As if lured by the storm
The blossoms are strewn about,
White upon the garden floor,
Yet all this whiteness is not snow -
It is me who withers and grows old.


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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