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School Tendai
Born 1203
Hitachi, Japan
Died circa 1273
Senior posting
Title Buddhist monk

Sengaku (仙覚?, 1203–c. 1273) was a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Tendai school. He was a scholar, editor and a literary critic.[1]

His major work, Man'yōshū chūshaku, was completed in 1269. This was a treatise on the collected poems in the Man'yōshū anthology.[1] His work was instrumental in a process of rediscovering the original meaning of this seminal work of Japanese poetry.

Selected work[edit]

Sengaku's published writings encompass 9 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 53 library holdings.[2]


  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2005). "Senkaku" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 842., p. 842, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  2. ^ WorldCat Identities: 仙覚 b. 1203


Further reading[edit]

  • Shimura, Shirō. (1999). Sanetomo, Sengaku : Kamakura kadan no kenkyū (実朝・仙覚: 鎌倉歌壇の研究?). Tōkyo: Shintensha,