Shikawakashū 詞花和歌集

The Shikawakashū (or Shikashū) ‘The Collection of Verbal Flowers (of Japanese Poetry)’ was the sixth of the imperial anthologies (chokusenshū) and the shortest. It was commissioned in 1144 by Emperor Sutoku (1119-1164; r. 1123-1141) and completed in 1151. The seven years of labour by the compiler, Fujiwara no Akisuke (1090-1155) produced a collection in ten books, consisting of only 416 poems. The anthology contains poems by only a small number of named poets, with Sone no Yoshitada and Izumi Shikibu heavily represented.

The Shikashū contains the following books:

Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI
Book VII
Book VIII
Book IX
Book X
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Felicitations
Partings
Love I
Love II
Miscellaneous I
Miscellaneous II

The principal poets of the collection (those with 5 or more poems included) are: Sone no Yoshitada (17), Izumi Shikibu (16), Ôe no Masafusa (14), Minamoto no Toshiyori (Shunrai) (11), Emperor Kazan (9), The Monk Dōmyō (9), Akazome Emon (8), Ōnakatomi no Yoshinobu (8), Fujiwara no Tadamichi (7), Taira no Kanemori (6), Kiyowara no Motosuke (6), Minamoto no Michinari (6), The Monk Ryôzen (6), Fujiwara no Akisuke (6) and Ōe no Yoshikoto (5).

Book I:

SKS I: 1
SKS I: 3
SKS I: 5
SKS I: 12
SKS I: 48
SKS I: 49
SKS I: 50

Book II:

SKS II: 62
SKS II: 76
SKS II: 78 SKS II: 80
SKS II: 81

Book III:

SKS III: 82
SKS III: 109
SKS III: 110
SKS III: 113
SKS III: 118
SKS III: 127
SKS III: 129
SKS III: 133

Book IV:

SKS IV: 140
SKS IV: 141
SKS IV: 144
SKS IV: 152
SKS IV: 157
SKS IV: 158
SKS IV: 160

Book V:

SKS V: 163 SKS V: 165 SKS V: 167

Book VI:

SKS VI: 173 SKS VI: 174 SKS VI: 178
SKS VI: 184

Book VII:

SKS VII: 187
SKS VII: 190
SKS VII: 191
SKS VII: 201
SKS VII: 202
SKS VII: 207
SKS VII: 211
SKS VII: 218
SKS VII: 225
SKS VII: 230

Book VIII:

SKS VIII: 240
SKS VIII: 247
SKS VIII: 249
SKS VIII: 250
SKS VIII: 254
SKS VIII: 265
SKS VIII: 269
SKS VIII: 270

Book IX:

SKS IX: 303
SKS IX: 310
SKS IX: 311
SKS IX: 312
SKS IX: 316
SKS IX: 318
SKS IX: 320
SKS IX: 326
SKS IX: 333
SKS IX: 335

Book X:

SKS X: 349
SKS X: 356
SKS X: 357
SKS X: 365
SKS X: 373
SKS X: 385
SKS X: 399
SKS X: 402
SKS X: 413

'Simply moving and elegant'