Sosei

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Sosei Hōshi by Kanō Tan’yū, 1648

Sosei (Japanese: 素性 or 素性法師, c. 844910) was a Japanese waka poet and Buddhist priest. He is listed as one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals, and one of his poems was included in the famous anthology Hyakunin Isshu. His father Henjō was also a waka poet and monk.

Sosei entered religious life sometime after his father, who took the tonsure after the death of Emperor Ninmyō in 850.

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