Ariwara no Narihira

Japanese writer, courtier and waka poet

Ariwara no Narihira (在原業平, 825 - 9 July 880) was a Japanese poet and noble. He was the fifth son of Prince Abo, a son of Emperor Heizei. His mother Princess Ito was a daughter of Emperor Kammu, so he was family to Emperor Kammu by both his mother and father. Along with his other brothers, he was forced to have a civilian life and did not live in the Imperial Court, getting a new clan name, Ariwara.

Ariwara no Narihira (From Ogura Hyakunin Isshu)


  • Trans. Helen Craig McCullough (1968). Tales of Ise: Lyrical Episodes from 10th Century Japan. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0653-0.