Takashina no Takako

Takashino no Takako

Takashina no Takako

Takashina no Takako (高階 貴子) was a Japanese poet who died in 996AD.

She was the wife of Fujiwara no Michitaka and mother to several children including Fujiwara no Korechika and Empress Teishi. She was also known as the Mother of the Honorary Grand Minister.1

One of her poems (No.54) can be found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and goes as follows:

Japanese text2
Romanized Japanese1
English translation1
Wasureji no
yukusue mada wa
kyō o kagiri no
inochi to mogana
You promise you'll never forget,
but to the end of time
is too long to ask.
So let me die today -
still loved by you.


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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Takashina no Takako