Nijō Tamefuji

Nijō Tamefuji (二条為藤, 1275–1324), also known as Fujiwara no Tamefuji (藤原為藤), was a Japanese courtier and waka poet of the late Kamakura period.


Nijō Tamefuji was born in 1275.[1] He was the second son of Nijō Tameyo,[1] and his mother was a daughter of Kamo Ujihisa (賀茂氏久),[1] Tameyo himself being a son of Nijō Tameuji,[2] a grandson of Fujiwara no Tameie,[2] and a great-grandson of Fujiwara no Teika.[3] He was a member of the Nijō branch of the Fujiwara clan, so is known as both Nijō Tamefuji and Fujiwara no Tamefuji.

He was initially raised by his uncle Nijō Tameo (二条為雄),[1] but following the death of his brother Tamemichi in the fifth month he returned to his father's household.[1]

On the eleventh day of the sixth month of 1302 he participated in an uta-awase,[1] and the following year took part in the Go-Nijō-in uta-awase.[1] He was also included in the Kagen sentō on-hyaku-shu (嘉元仙洞御百首)[1] and the Bunpō on-hyaku-shu (文保御百首).[1] In 1317 he was awarded the position of Acting Middle Counselor (gon-chūnagon).[1]

When Emperor Go-Daigo, with whom he had worked closely, succeeded to the chrysanthemum throne, his position in poetic circles continued to grow in importance.[1] On the second day of the seventh month of Genkō 3 (1323), he was selected as the compiler of the Shokugoshūi Wakashū.[1] Five days later, he took part in the Kameyama-dono shichihyaku-shu (亀山殿七百首),[1] to which he contributed 68 poems (third after Retired Emperor Go-Uda and his father Tameyo).[1] In the second month of the following year, he wrote the Iwashimizu-sha uta-awase (石清水社歌合).[1] Soon thereafter he abandoned work on the Shokugoshūi Wakashū with it still incomplete.[1]

116 of his poems are included in imperial collections from the Shingosen Wakashū on.[1] Several of his poems are also known from private collections (私撰集 shisenshū),[1] such as the Shoku Gen'yō Wakashū (続現葉和歌集) and the Tōyō Wakashū (藤葉和歌集).[1]

He died on the seventeenth day of the seventh month of Genkō 4 (1324).[1]


Works citedEdit

  • "Nijō Tameyo" 二条為世. Bijutsu Jinmei Jiten (in Japanese). Shibunkaku. 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  • Hosoya, Naoki (1983). "Nijō Tamefuji". Nihon Koten Bungaku Daijiten 日本古典文学大辞典 (in Japanese). 4. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten. p. 596. OCLC 11917421.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Inoue, Muneo (1994). "Fujiwara no Tameyo" 二条為世. Encyclopedia Nipponica (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2017-11-03.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)