Arakida Moritake


Arakida Moritake 荒木田守武

1473 – August 30, 1549
文明5年 - 天文18年8月8日(1549年8月30日)
The dates vary, now celebrated on September 15.

a Japanese poet who excelled in the fields of waka, renga, and in particular haikai.
He studied renga with Sōgi.
He was the son of Negi Morihide, and a Shintoist.
At the age of 69, he became head priest of the Inner Ise Shrine.
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Now a ritual in his memory, Moritake sai 守武祭
is held at Ise Uji Shrine 宇治神社 every year on September 15
(it used to be August 8)

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kigo for mid-autumn

Moritake ki 守武忌 Moritake Memorial Day
8th day of the 8th lunar month
now September 15

. Memorial Days of Famous Poeple .

荒木田守武忌連句大会 Haiku Meeting in honor of his memorial day
September 12, 2009

Moritake is the ancestor, forefather of haikai poetry
together with Basho from Iga 伊賀の松尾芭蕉
source : ehigasa

Moritake no ki wa tsuyukekute hato suzume

on Moritake day
doves and sparrows
full of dew

Matsuta Hiromu 松田ひろむ


Basho at the grave of Moritake:

aki no kaze Ise no hakahara nao sugoshi

. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
But no, a butterfly.

Tr. Steven D. Carter

source : daihachishou

rakka eda ni kaeru to mireba kochoo kana


from 俳人百家撰

Arakida Moritake
Originator of the style of poetry known as Ise haikai (haiku).
Member of the priesthood (shinshoku) of the Inner Shrine (Naikū) at the Grand Shrines of Ise (Ise Jingū) in the period of Warring Provinces (sengoku, ca. 1457-1568). Arakida was the ninth son of Suppliant Priest (negi) Sonoda Morihide and grandchild of famed author Fujinami Ujitsune (1402-1487).

Appointed to the Senior Fourth court rank and the title of First Suppliant (ichi no negi) at Naikū in the final years of the warring era, a period of severe hardship in the history of the shrines.

Besides fulfilling duties overseeing Shinto rites and liturgy, Arakida pursued a deep interest in the poetry of Iio Sōgi (1421-1502) and Iio Munenaga, whose works inspired his own haikai and renga (linked verse). His poems of this type were included in a compilation titled Shinsen tsukubashū. In 1536 he composed the verse:

New Year's Day -
How it evokes
the Age of the Gods

ganjitsu ya jindai no koto mo omowaruru

This and other poems of a similar highly elegant style were included in anthologies such as Haikai renga dokugin senku (also called Higan senku) and Hōraku senku (Akitsushima senku). In addition, his exhortation of the general public urging the preservation of public morals were issued in a collection called
Yo no naka hyakushu (One Hundred Poems of the World), widely known as the Ise Analects (Ise rongo).

Moritake died on the eighth day of the eighth month of 1549 at the age of seventy-seven. Among his most famous poems is the verse:

Coming to the end of our journey at the peak of
Mount Kajimi
The wind in the pines, the wind in the pines

Kamijiyama waga koshikata mo yukusue mo
mine no matsukaze mine no matsukaze

A figure of Moritake, seated and clad in ceremonial vestments is kept in the Jingū History Museum (Jingū Chōkokan) of the Outer Shrine at Ise.
A memorial to Moritake's spirit (Moritake Reisha) was enshrined during the mid-1640s on the premises of his house, but it was later moved and jointly venerated at the shrine Uji Jinja.
source : Nakanishi Masayuki, 2006

Painting of this memorial stone at the rose park near Ise Shrine
source : yotchan


古今狂歌袋 Kokon kyookabukuro
Kyokabukuro Picture Book

荒木田(あらきだ)守武(もりたけ) Arakida Moritake



甚久(じんきゅう)法師 Jinkyuu Hooshi (right)



source : ezoushijp

(Hyakunin isshu) Kokon kyoka-bukuro
(百人一首) 古今狂歌袋
Treasury of Ancient and Modern Kyoka
(One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each))

illustrated book
Print artist
Kitao Masanobu (北尾政演 Santo Kyoden)
source : www.britishmuseum.org


Moritake Day -
every leaf falling
in its own way

- Shared by Tomislav Maretic -
Joys of Japan, 2012


Japanese Reference


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Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

Matsuo Basho

aki no kaze Ise no hakahara nao sugoshi

autumn windws:
now the graveryard of Ise
is even more desolate

Tr. Barnhill

Written in 1689 元禄2年9月 Basho age 46
Basho at the graveyard 荒木田神主墓所

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

守武祭、俳句大会 - 宇治神社 Great Haiku Meeting at Uji Shrine
平成24年9月15日 (2012)

In memory of the great haikai poet
. Arakida Moritake 荒木田守武 .
Uji Shrine