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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I collected and wrote down stories read and listened to here and there, without looking for profound doctrines. Such is the style of my unsubstantial cottage.

So it is with man and all his dwelling places on this earth. Wikiquote has quotations related to: I collected and wrote down stories read and listened to here and there, without looking for profound doctrines. Ippen is representative n the hijirias lamo Gempin Sozo and Zoga Shonin, the latter two described by Kamo no Chomei in his Hosshinshua collection of stories and legendary vignettes. It had rough plastered walls and no gate, kaom the pillars were of bamboo, so it was really nothing more than a cart shed.

Every one felt as unsettled as drifting clouds.

Hosshinshu: Kamo no Chomei’s Hermit Stories – Articles – House of Hermits – Hermitary

In describing his work, Kamo no Chomei said. Authors born between and CE. Literary criticism, the reasoned consideration of literary works and issues. This work, according to Marra, is. Knowing myself and the world, I have no ambitions and do not mix in the world.

It chomwi only a tenth of the size of my former home and contained only a living-room for myself, for I could not build a proper house. Just so am I. The sky was dark with ashes and against this black background the fire glowed red like early dawn, while everywhere the flames driven by the wind went leaping on over a space more than a hundred yards wide.


I do not say these things from envy of rich people, but only from comparison of my early days with the life I live now.

I stir up the buried embers and make them companions in solitude. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare.

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Inhe took Buddhist orders, but was denied an appointment as priest at the Kamo Shrine and lost the political support of his sponsors. And then there were all the other provinces of the Empire. And those few who managed with difficulty to escape were quite unable to take their goods with them, and how many precious treasures were thus lost none can tell.

Inhe took Buddhist orders, but after being denied an appointment as priest of Kamo Shrine, he turned his back on society and went to live in the forest as a hermit. What wonder that in the capital, of all the temples, monasteries, pagodas and mausoleums, there should not be one that remained undamaged. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. 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.

And those who said that these changes were a portent of some civil disturbance seemed to be not without reason, for as time went on things became more and more unquiet and there was a feeling of unrest everywhere. It is a bare ten feet square and less than seven feet high.

And this was no ordinary one. If a person does not take care of others who ask for help, society views him as deranged. Most of the holy men portrayed in the Hosshinshu share several common characteristics. Literature, a body of written works. His poetry was unusual in its extreme difficulty kajo possessed great tonal depth and resonance.


It is admired cchomei a classic literary and philosophical work. My chomeei on the east wall is a straw mat and fern fronds. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

He never accepted a fare, wanting only a little food and to purify his heart repeating the nembutsu. Though deemed a madman by all, Kamo no Chomei notes that Zoga “acted with the sole thought of departing this realm of appearances; for just this reason we have judged him a precious example.

Acarya ordered a search for him but the old man could not be found. My only luxury is a sound sleep kmao all I look forward to is the beauty of the changing seasons. In the midst of this, Kamo no Chomei experienced his own personal disappointment and decided to turn his back on the world and retreat into Buddhism.

Kamo no Chōmei

The Hosshinshu is a collection of stories about men who have sought kami from worldly life and its distractions, and who have fiercely guarded that seclusion. And in my heart there is no answer. So the old capital was already a waste and the new one not yet made.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline chomeii. So when I arrived at the age of fifty I abandoned the world and retired.