Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro

(662 - 710 / Japan)

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Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (c. 662 - 710) was a Japanese poet and aristocrat of the late Asuka period. He was the most prominent of the poets included in the Man'yōshū, and was particularly represented in volumes 1 and 2. In Japan, he is considered one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. After the Heian period he was often called "Hito-maru"

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  • Rookie Sue Powell (5/20/2014 4:06:00 AM)

    His best poem, in my opinion, is 'When She Was Still Alive', which is not listed on this website.

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Best Poem of Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro

On The Death Of His Wife (I)

By the Karu road,

under the mallard’s flyway,

my love, my sister,

lived in her small town,

and deep desire

to see her filled my soul.

But people all around with curious eyes

prevented constant visits,

and few private meetings

were granted us.

Yet I always trusted

the way would be clear,

though endless as the wild vine,

at last to meet my dear,

like a hopeful sailor

trusting on his tall ship.



Alas,

while our ways of love we still kept secret,

secret as pool ...

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