Sakanoue no Iratsume

Sakanoue no Iratsume

Sakanoue no Iratsume (大伴坂上 郎女) was the female head of the Ōtomo Clan active from 728 to 746AD.2 During her life she was the favourite of Prince Hozumi2 but after his death she formed a relationship with Fuijiwara no Maro, later marrying her elder half brother Sukunamaro with whom she had 2 daughters.1

We can find many of her poems in the Man’yōshū, 77 tanka, 6 choka and 1 sedōka2 which is more than any other female poet.1

During her life she lived near Nara and Dazaifu.2


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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Sakanoue no Iratsume