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Ogura Hyakunin Isshu ... Images by David Bull. Website includes translations and theme of each poem. Japanese Literature, Japanese History, Japanese Culture, Natsu, Mikasa, Fuji, Summer Poems, Yoshi, Kamakura Period
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Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

The Ogura Hundred Poets was completed during the Kamakura period. Fujiwara no Teika compiled them by taking one poem each from 100 of the best poets in chronological order from Emperor Tenji to the Retired Emperor Juntoku to decorate the sliding doors at the Ogura mountain villa, the summer home of the general and poet Utsunomiya Yoritsuna. Many of selected poems were ornamental in nature, because they were meant to be used as decoration. Seventy-nine male poets! Twenty-one female poets! I…