Shun'e (俊恵, also read Sun'e; 1113 – c. 1191), also known as Tayū no Kimi (大夫公), was a Japanese waka poet of the late-Heian period. One of his poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. He produced a private collection, the Rin'yō Wakashū, and was listed as one of the Late Classical Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry.

Shun'e, from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.


His Buddhist name is also read Sun'e,[1] and he is also known by the name Tayū no Kimi.[1][2]


He was born in 1113, the son of Minamoto no Toshiyori.[1][2][3] His maternal grandfather was Fujiwara no Atsutaka.[4] He was tutored in waka composition by his father, but after the latter died he appears to have taken monastic orders in Tōdai-ji.[1] His exact date of death is uncertain,[1][2] but it was likely around 1191.[3]


Eighty-three of his poems were included in imperial anthologies, and he was recognized as one of the Late Classical Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry.[3]

He was a poetic mentor to Kamo no Chōmei.[2][3]

The following poem by him was included as No. 85 in Fujiwara no Teika's Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:

Japanese text[5] Romanized Japanese[6] English translation[7]
mono-omou koro wa
neya no hima sae
The only relief from the pain
of waiting all night long
for a lover who does not come
would be the break of day,
but even gaps in the shutters
are too cruel to let in the light of dawn.

He also left a private collection, the Rin'yō Wakashū (林葉和歌集).[1][2][3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Britannica Kokusai Dai-hyakkajiten article "Shun'e". 2007. Britannica Japan Co.
  2. ^ a b c d e Digital Daijisen entry "Shun'e". Shogakukan.
  3. ^ a b c d e McMillan 2010 : 147 (note 85).
  4. ^ Nishimura 1983, p. 267.
  5. ^ Suzuki et al. 2009 : 107.
  6. ^ McMillan 2010 : 172.
  7. ^ McMillan 2010 : 87.

Works citedEdit

  • 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 (1st ed. 2008). One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Nishimura, Kayoko (1983). "Fujiwara no Atsutaka" 藤原敦隆. Nihon Koten Bungaku Daijiten 日本古典文学大辞典 (in Japanese). Vol. 5. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten. p. 267. OCLC 11917421.
  • Suzuki Hideo, Yamaguchi Shin'ichi, Yoda Yasushi. 2009 (1st ed. 1997). Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Tokyo: Bun'eidō.

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