Fujiwara no Akisuke (藤原顕輔)

FUJIWARA no Akisuke (1090 - June 8, 1155) was a court noble and poet in the late Heian period. He was the son of FUJIWARA no Akisue ranked Shosanmi (Senior Third Rank). He was ranked Shosanmi.

He was promoted to vassal of the Retired Emperor Shirakawa though subsequently he fell out of his favor. After the Retired Emperor's demise he was restored to the Office of Kyoto with Shosanmi. Surrounded by a number of talented poets, he played an active role in many poetry gatherings and contests, including the Poetry Contest held at the North Wing of the imperial residence of Toba in 1116. He took over the Poetry Contest in Honor of Hitomaro that embodied the Rokujo Toke (the Rokujo Fujiwara family)'s poetic glory. In 1144 he was commissioned by the Retired Emperor Sutoku to compile an imperial anthology, which was completed as "Shika Wakashu" (the Collection of Verbal Flowers) in 1151. His verses were selected for the imperial anthologies from 'Kinyo Wakashu' (the Collection of Golden Leaves) onwards. He also compiled a private anthology entitled 'Sakyodaibu Akisukekyoshu' (the Selected Verses of Lord Akisuke the Governor of the Left Side of Kyoto).

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (the Ogura Anthology of One Hundred Tanka-poems by One Hundred Poets)
No. 79: The autumn wind was blowing. How bright was moonlight shining between the trailing clouds!
('Shin Kokin Wakashu' (the New Collection of Poems, Past and Present) Autumn 413).

[Original Japanese]