Sakanoue no Korenori

Sakanoue no Korenori
Sakanoue no Korenori.

Sakanoue no Korenori

Sakanoue no Korenori (坂上是則) was a known waka poet who had a good career, and ended up with the position of Governor for the Province of Kaga.

His poetic legacy includes forty poem in Imperial Waka Anthologies, eight of them in the Kōkinshū. In addition he had a private collection of poetry. And is listed as one of the Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses. His son Sakanoue no Mochiki was known to have edited the Gosenshū. He died in 930AD.

One of his poems can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems, One Poet Each). His poem is the 31st in the anthology and reads:1

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
ariake no tsuki to
miru made ni
Yoshino no sato ni
fureru shirayuki
Beloved Yoshino -
I was sure you were bathed
in the moonlight of dawn,
but it's a soft falling of snow
that mantles you in white.


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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