Ariwara Narihira

Ariwara Narihira
Item# ariwara-narihira

Woodblock Prints Title: Ariwara Narihira

Publication: 1810

Size: Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 26 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Publisher: Unknown

Signature: Katsushika Hokusai ga; Tonan sho

Notes: Ariwara no Narihira (在原 業平?, 825 – July 9, 880) was a Japanese waka poet and aristocrat. He was one of six waka poets referred in the preface in kana to Kokin Wakashū by Ki no Tsurayuki, and has been named as the hero of The Tales of Ise, whose hero was an anonym in itself but most of whose love affairs could be attributed to Narihira.

He was the fifth son of Prince Abo, a son of Emperor Heizei. His mother Princess Ito was a daughter of Emperor Kammu, so he was therefore linked to Emperor Kammu by both maternal and paternal lineage. Along with his other brothers, he was relegated to civilian life, receiving a new clan name, Ariwara.

The kanji read this in Japanese: Poem (Kokinshű 879): Ôkata wa/ tsuki o mo medeji/ kore zo kono/ tsumoreba hito no/ oi to naru mono

Other Versions: No known replica's

Estimated Value: Ref #6P6