Minamoto no Hitoshi

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Minamoto no Hitoshi, from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Minamoto no Hitoshi (源等, 880-951) was a Japanese waka poet of the mid-Heian period. One of his poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.


Hitoshi was born in 880, a son of Minamoto no Mare (源希) and great-grandson of Emperor Saga.[1][2]

After serving as governor of several provinces, in 947 he was appointed Sangi Counselor with Fourth Court Rank (正四位下参議, shō shii no ge sangi).[1][2]


Four of his poems were included in Gosen Wakashū on.[1][2]

The following poem by him was included as No. 39 in Fujiwara no Teika's Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:

Japanese text[3] Romanized Japanese[4] English translation[5]
Asajiu no
ono no shinohara
amarite nado ka
hito no koishiki
Though I scarcely show
my secret feelings
like those few reeds
sprouting unnoticed
in low bamboo,
they are too much
for me to hide.
Why do I love you so?


  1. ^ a b c McMillan 2010 : 138-139 (note 39).
  2. ^ a b c Daijirin entry "Minamoto no Hitoshi". Sanseidō.
  3. ^ Suzuki et al. 2009 : 53.
  4. ^ McMillan 2010 : 163.
  5. ^ McMillan 2010 : 41.


  • Keene, Donald (1999). A History of Japanese Literature, Vol. 1: Seeds in the Heart — Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-11441-7.
  • McMillan, Peter. 2010 (1st ed. 2008). One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Suzuki Hideo, Yamaguchi Shin'ichi, Yoda Yasushi. 2009 (1st ed. 1997). Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Tokyo: Bun'eidō.

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