Kokin Wakashu, also called Kokinshu, is one of the 21collections of Japanese poems that were compiled by imperial request. This collection consists of about 1111 Japanese poems written by many authors.
Kokin Wakashu has different meanings, for example: Collection of Old and New Japanese Poems and Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems. This collection was divided into 20 books and edited by four court poets, who are:
Each poem has its own title that refers to different themes of classical poetry, such as: love, season, nature and mourning.
The poems of Kokinshu can be roughly divided into three periods, which are:
Poems from the 9th century, most of them are anonymous.
Poems of the age of the "Six Poetic Geniuses", which where:
Poems by the editors and their contemporaries.
This poem was written by Ono no Komachi.
夢 ぢ に は
あし も やすめず
かよ へ ども
うつつ に ひと め
見し ごと は あらず
yumeji ni wa
ashi mo yasumezu
utsutsu ni hitome
mishigoto wa arazu
Though I go to you
ceaselessly along dream paths,
the sum of those trysts
is less than a single glimpse granted
in the waking world.
naka ya taenam
red leaves are floating
in chaotic pattern;
crossing here would be
cutting their brocade...