Ariwara no Yukihira

Ariwara no Yukihira (在原 行平, 818 – September 6, 893) was a Japanese Heian period courtier and bureaucrat, who held a number of positions over the course of his life. At one time or another, he was governor of the provinces of Harima, Bizen, Shinano, and Bitchū. He also served as Councillor (中納言, chūnagon), Minister of Agriculture (民部卿, minbukyō), and inspector (azechi) of Mutsu and Dewa provinces.

Ariwara no Yukihira (left) in exile on Suma Island, depicted in an 1887 woodblock print by Yoshitoshi.

Yukihira was also a poet, many of his works being published alongside those of his brother, Narihira. He also established a school, called Shogaku-in, for the purpose of educating members of the Ariwara family.

His most famous poem, no. 16 in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu is as follows:

Japanese text[1] Romanized Japanese[1] English translation[2]
inaba no yama no
mine ni ouru
matsu to shi kikaba
ima kaeri kon
Though I may leave
for Mt. Inaba,
famous for the pines
covering its peak,
if I hear you pine for me
I'll come straight home to you.

Reference listEdit

  1. ^ a b McMillan 2010, p.158
  2. ^ McMillan 2010, p.16


McMillan, Peter (2010). One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231143998.