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Saigyō poems

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8744

Scope and Contents

Handwritten and typed versions of two poems by Japanese poet Saigyō. The poems are titled "Autumn, Part I" and "Spring, Part II." Also includes a typed biographical sketch of Saigyō and the case of a Japanese book. Date of production not identified.


  • date of production not identified


Language of Materials

In English, with partial Japanese translation.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Saigyō poems must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Saigyō (1118-1190), born Satō Norikiyo, was a Japanese poet.

Satō Norikiyo was born in 1118 in Kyoto, Honshū, Japan to Yasukiyo Sato who was a warrior of noble birth. Satō was raised as a warrior and worked in the Imperial Palace. In 1140, he became a monk and took on the religious name En'i. Satō loved writing poems focused on nature themes and he eventually took on the pen name Saigyō. He was considered the greatest poet in his days. For long periods of his life he lived alone in many places throughout Japan with Northern Honshū being the most notable of his journeys. Sankashū, Shin Kokin Wakashū, and Shika Wakashū are a few main collections containing Saigyō's work. Saigyō died on March 23, 1190 in Kawachi Province (present-day Osaka Prefecture).


1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Custodial History

While serving in Japan during World War II, Alfred B. Redd purchased two sets of poetry books one of them was Saigyō's Sankashū. Redd asked or hired someone in Japan to translate the Saigyō poetry collection. Eventually Arita Sparks, Redd's niece, acquired the translations. The relationship of the poems to the books is not clear.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Robert and Arita Sparks; August 2014.


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Processing Information

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson, student manuscript processor; 2015.

Register of Saigyō poems
Sadie Hutchinson
2015 July 23
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States