Fujiwara no Nagakata (藤原長方)

FUJIWARA no Nagakata (1139 - April 12, 1191) was a court noble and a kajin (waka poet) in the end of the Heian period. His father was Gon Chunagon (a provisional vice-councilor of state) FUJIWARA no Akinaga, who was the son of FUJIWARA no Akitaka, the Chief adviser to the Emperor behind the scenes. His mother was a daughter of FUJIWARA no Toshitada, so he was a nephew of FUJIWARA no Toshinari and a cousin of FUJIWARA no Sadaie. His wives and mistresses included a daughter of Shonagon Shinzei (Shinzei). His sons included FUJIWARA no Munetaka, FUJIWARA no Nagakane, and FUJIWARA no Kanetaka.

In 1181, he became a Gon Chunagon (a provisional vice-councilor of state). He was called Hachijo Chunagon. In 1183, he was promoted to Junii (Junior Second Rank). Later, he become a priest. He first appeared in Senzai Wakashu (Collection of Japanese Poems of a Thousand Years).

There is a private collection "Annagon Nagakata shu" and a diary "Zenchu-ki" (possessed by Sonkeikaku-bunko (a library of the Kaga Maeda family)).

Hyakunin Shuka (original version of Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (the Ogura Anthology of One Hundred Tanka-poems by One Hundred Poets)
I long for the time I see you, which is as precious as the pearls picked up at the mouth of the Yura River in Kii Province.

[Original Japanese]