• Other Names: 古今和歌集 (kokin wakashuu)
  • Japanese: 古今集 (kokinshuu)

The Kokinshû or Kokin wakashû ("Collection of Waka of Past and Present") is an Imperially-commissioned collection of waka poems compiled in 905. It is among the most famous works of Japanese literature, and along with the Man'yôshû, Hyakunin isshu, and Tale of Genji is easily among the most quoted and referenced sources of poetry down through the entire Japanese poetic tradition.

It was followed by twenty other chokusen-shû, Imperially selected compilations of the best poems of the age.[1]


  1. Eiko Ikegami, Bonds of Civility, Cambridge University Press (2005), 83.