Sakanoue no Korenori

Sakanoue no Korenori (坂上是則) was a Japanese waka poet of the early Heian period.[1] His exact dates of birth and death are unknown,[1][2] but he was a fourth-generation descendant of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro.[1]

Sakanoue no Korenori, from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

He was one of the Thirty-six Immortals of Poetry[1][2] and one of his poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.[3][4] Forty-one of his poems were ultimately included in the imperial anthologies.[2]

He was the father of the poet Mochiki (望城, d. 975).[1][5]

During his own life he was known primarily as a champion kemari player.[2] On March 2, 905, he and his colleagues kicked a ball 206 times without interruption at the Imperial Court, and were praised by the emperor.[citation needed]

He served as governor of Kaga Province.[2]


One of his poems was included as No. 31 in Fujiwara no Teika's Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:

Japanese text[4] Romanized Japanese[6] English translation[3]
ariake no tsuki to
miru made ni
yoshino no sato ni
fureru shira-yuki
The first light
over Yoshino village—
The snow has piled
so deep, so white
I cannot tell it from the
dawn's pale moonlight


  1. ^ a b c d e Daijisen entry "Sakanoue no Korenori". Shogakukan.
  2. ^ a b c d e McMillan 2010: 137.
  3. ^ a b McMillan 2010: 33.
  4. ^ a b Suzuki et al. 2009: 44–45.
  5. ^ Keene 1999: 329 (note 4).
  6. ^ McMillan 2010: 161.


  • 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). One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-14399-8.
  • Suzuki, Hideo; Yamaguchi, Shin'ichi; Yoda, Yasushi (2009). Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Tokyo: Bun'eidō. ISBN 4-578-10082-0.

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