Fujiwara no Chikamori (藤原親盛 (左衛門尉))

FUJIWARA no Chikamori (year of birth and death unknown) was a samurai and poet who lived at the end of the Heian period. He was in the FUJIWARA no Nagara line of the Northern House of the Fujiwara clan. He was a son of Yamato no kuni no kami (Governor of Yamato Province) FUJIWARA no Chikayasu. He had a younger brother, Nobuchika, and a son, Chikatoki. His official positions were Jugoinoge (Junior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade), Saemon no jo (third-ranked officer of the Left Division of the Outer Palace Guards), and Yamato no kami (Governor of Yamato Province). He was also called Chikamori GOTO.

While he served the retired Emperor Goshirakawa as a Hokumen no Bushi (Imperial Palace Guard), he stood out as a poet. He participated in Higashiyama poetry contest in January 1173 among other poetry contests, and also hosted two of them. He interacted with poets of the period, including Shune, FUJIWARA no Atsuyori, Kojiju, and Saigyo, and his poems are included in "Senzai Wakashu" (Collection of Japanese Poems of a Thousand Years) and the subsequent Chokusen wakashu (anthology of Japanese poetry compiled by Imperial command). He left a personal collection of poetry "Hyakudaisho" (Verses Selection by FUJIWARA no Chikamori) and a private selection "Chikamorishu" (collection of Chikamori's poems). He was also a disciple of the retired Emperor for imayo (popular style of song in Heian period), a popular style of song in the Heian Period.

He entered into the priesthood upon the retired Emperor's death in April 1192. His homyo (a name given to a person who enters the Buddhist priesthood) was Kenbutsu (見仏). The rest of his life, including the year of his death, is unknown.

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