Sagami (poet)

Sagami, from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Sagami (相模, dates unknown[1][2] but born c. 1000[3]), also known as Oto-jijū (乙侍従),[1] was a Japanese waka poet of the mid-Heian period.[1][2] One of her poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.[3] She produced a private collection, the Sagami-shū (相模集).[2][3]


She was supposedly a daughter of Minamoto no Yorimitsu.[1][3]

She was married to Ōe no Kin'yori (大江公資, also read Kinsuke.[1]), the governor of Sagami Province.[2][3] She served Prince Shūshi (脩子内親王 Shuushi-naishinnou), one of the sons of Emperor Ichijō.[1]


109 of her poems were included in imperial anthologies starting with the Goshūi Wakashū.[1][3] She was included in the Late Classical Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry.[3]

The following poem by her was included as No. 65 in Fujiwara no Teika's Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:

Japanese text[4]Romanized Japanese[5]English translation[6]
hosanu sode dani
aru mono wo
koi ni kuchinan
na koso oshikere
My sleeves will never dry
with all these bitter tears
of unrequited love.
But even worse,
the regret of having lost
my good name
tainted by this love.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Britannica Kokusai Dai-Hyakkajiten article "Sagami". Shogakukan.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Digital Daijisen entry "Sagami". Shogakukan.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 McMillan 2010 : 143 (note 65).
  4. Suzuki et al. 2009 : 84.
  5. McMillan 2010 : 168.
  6. McMillan 2010 : 67.


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