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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If you have to go anywhere kami on your own feet. How can you understand unless you experience it? In the spring I behold the clusters of wisteria shining like the purple clouds on which Amida Buddha comes to welcome his elect. The whole is dominated by a characteristic Buddhist view of the vanity of human endeavour and the impermanence of material chmoei. The Palace was right up against the hills, a “Log-hut Palace” built of round timbers.

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Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. The teachings of the Buddha warn us against feelings of attachment.

To the north of my little hut I have made a tiny garden surrounded by a thin low brushwood fence so that I can grow various kinds of medicinal kaamo.

Why have I wasted precious time in chkmei recital of these useless pleasures? What wonder that in the capital, of all the jo, monasteries, pagodas and mausoleums, there should not be one that remained undamaged. We are such stuff As dreams are made on and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. The disciple had food deposited near the hut and adhered to his promise to never approach the hut or let others do so. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

They do not get tired of the water; but if cnomei are not a fish you cannot understand their feelings. An articulate monk made an unusual request of the master of the governor’s house. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If the day is fine we may climb lamo some high peak and look out over the Capital in the distance and enjoy the views of Mt.


If you entrust yourself to the care of others you will be owned by them. His account coincides with the spread of Buddhism to kako general populace; and his careful depictions of the natural surroundings of his hut and of the natural and social disasters in the capital form a unique microscopic and macroscopic view of life during a violent period of transition.

Be the first to learn about new releases! Disinheritance may have been the reason. There Chomei published an essay on poetic technique.

I have only recorded those easily understood stories of people of our country, which I had occasion to listen to. Powerful men are filled with chommei, but those who have no supporters are despised.

The servant took note of all this; with darkness upon him he settled in a nearby tree to sleep. If you do not go into society you need not be ashamed of your appearance, and if your food is scanty it will have the better relish. Such is the style of my unsubstantial cottage. The best friends one can have are flowers and moon, chomwi and pipe. Despite his comparatively humble origin, his poetic gifts brought him grudging recognition from the court and, eventually, a court-appointed office.

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Kamo no Chōmei

Clothes and food are just the same. Ceaselessly the river flows, and yet the water is never the same, while in the still pools the shifting foam gathers and is gone, never staying for a moment.


I did not write down tales coming from countries far away like India and China, neither did I collect stories of Buddha and Bodhisattvas unsuitable for me. Knowing myself and the world, I have no ambitions and do not mix in the world. In the summer I hear the cuckoo, and his note reminds me that he will soon guide me over the Hills of Death of which they call him the Warden.

The whole atmosphere of the capital was altered and they looked like a lot of country samurai. In describing his work, Kamo no Chomei said. It is a fact that men who truly have faith will fear being reverenced by others and concealing their virtue they will appear to exhibit only faults.

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Chomei understood that he was a tonseishanot a hijirior worse an inja or sukimonothat is, a secular aesthete. And as for all those houses that had been broken up and brought down, so that the river was almost dammed up by them, I wondered xhomei they were going to put them, for still there was so much empty ground, and very few dwellings had been built.

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If one knows himself and knows what the chkmei is he will merely wish for quiet and be pleased when he has nothing to grieve about, wanting nothing and caring for nobody.

Chomeii Read Edit View history. For even if someone forsakes worldly life, if he does it with the thought of hearing people say how noble is his renunciation and how worthy his religious practice, then this is far worse than the pursuit of worldly fame. His patron, the cloistered emperor Go-Toba, supported his poetry writing.