Fujiwara no Kinto

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  • Born: 966
  • Died: 1041
  • Japanese: 藤原 公任 (Fujiwara no Kintô)

Fujiwara no Kintô was a Heian period courtier known for his compilations of poetry and for his role in designating canonical groups such as the "36 Poetry Immortals" (Sanjûrokkasen). Poetry collections compiled by Kintô include the Senzai wakashû and the Wakan rôei shû.

Kintô went through the Man'yôshû, Kokin wakashû, and Gosen wakashû and selected thirty-six poets who he identified as the best. This list or grouping then became canonical, and remains an oft-cited standard grouping today.

Kintô may have been the first to refer to the woman who authored the Tale of Genji by the name "Murasaki."[1]


  • Gallery labels, Nakasendô Kaidô Bunka Kôryûkan, Moriyama, Shiga pref.[1]
  1. Ethan Bushelle, "Afterlife of Murasaki Shikibu: Buddhist Ritual and Canonization of the Tale of Genji," University of California, Santa Barbara, 3 Dec 2015.