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Kamo no Chomei was a poet and recluse who lived eight centuries ago. He was one of the most important writers of the early Kamakura Period. Kamo Chōmei, also called Kamo no Chōmei, (born , Japan—died July 24, , Kyōto), poet and critic of Japanese vernacular poetry, one of the major. Japanese chronicler Kamo no Chomei compiled hermit tales.

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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Still that was, of course, quite unavailing, and all dhomei inhabitants, beginning with His August Majesty the Mikado, and the ministers and great nobles of the court, had perforce to remove to the new capital at Naniwa in Settsu.

Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. And those mansions that stood so proudly side by side from day to day became more ruinous. Only beggars are happy. And everything as far as the Shujaku Gate, the Daikyoku Hall and the Office of Internal Affairs was reduced to ashes in a single night. Please improve it by chomeii the claims made and adding inline citations.

If I get tired of repeating the Invocation to Buddha or feel disinclined to read the Sutras, and go to sleep or sit idly, there is none to rebuke me, no companion to make me feel ashamed. It had rough plastered walls and no gate, and the pillars were of bamboo, so it was really nothing more than a cart shed. It may be small, but there is room to sleep at night, and to sit down in the day-time, so that for one person there is no inconvenience.

Many were broken up and floated down the river Yodo, while their pleasure grounds were turned into ricefields.

The place is called Toyama.

Disinheritance may have been the reason. Hojoki ratings Open Preview See a Problem?

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Marian Ury translator”Recluses and Eccentric Monks: The mountains themselves are not at all awesome, though indeed the hooting of the owls is sometimes melancholy enough, but of the beauties of the ever-changing scenery of the hills one never becomes weary. And in my heart there is no answer. Koya, build a hut, and took up religious austerities. Years later an old disciple of Gempin traveling to a far northern province came to a river crossed by a ferry.


Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. I am now sixty years old, and this hut in which I shall spend the last remaining years of my dew-like existence is like the shelter that some hunter might build for a night’s lodging in the hills, or like the cocoon some old silkworm might spin. Sometimes we gather the Lalong grass or the rock-pear or help ourselves to wild potatoes or parsley, or we may go as far as the rice-fields at the foot of our hills and glean a few ears to make an offering to the deities.

And who knows also why with so much labor he builds his house, who knows which will survive the other? Then in the second year of the era Gen-ryaku [] there was a great earthquake.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I collected and wrote down stories read and listened to here and there, without looking for profound doctrines.

Kamo no Chomei

Angus and Robertson, Cho,ei, And it was a shocking thing to see among these scraps of firewood fragments with red lacquer and gold and silver foil still sticking to them. And he has a boy who sometimes comes to bear me company, and when time is heavy on my hands we go for a walk. And as it was not far from the river bed there was some peril from floods as well as anxiety about thieves.

The governor’s administrator was scandalized but he said nothing. The earth split asunder and water gushed out.

But then I left home and came down in the world, and as there were very many reasons why I wished to live unnoticed, I could not remain where I was, so I built a cottage just suited to my wants. The learned monk Zoga Shunin was the son of an imperial advisor who experienced an “awakening of faith” and sought “a chance to make himself unwanted.


He was too attached to literature, to music, to an aesthetic simplicity that was what one observer has called frankly a dandyism. This work, according to Marra, is.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Then there would be a day and then several without any shock at all, but still these after shocks lasted, it may be three months. It is almost hidden in a tangled growth of evergreens.

And what one man could carry was hardly enough to provide him with food for one day. Beggars filled the streets and their clamor was deafening to the ears. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A House for My Own Needs. All who coveted court rank, or were ka,o expectant clients of some great lord, bustled about to get away as soon as possible.

I seek only tranquility; I rejoice in the absence of grief. Though householders brought out their goods into the street and besought people to buy, like beggars with no sense of shame, yet no one would even look at them, and if there should be any ready to barter they held money cheap enough, but could cyomei be brought to part with grain. Chomei is specifically interested in how society in distress is just a continuum of everyday human behavior.

He took a boat to a distant province, where he begged his food, wandering and sleeping anywhere. It may be trying, but not so much so as the bother of horses and carriages. Having had enough of imperial solicitations, Gempin disappeared altogether, to the disappointment of many.

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