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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Contents 1 Life 2 Hojoki: And who knows also why with so much labor he builds his house, who knows which will survive the other?

Nihon sandai zuihitsu 1 rating. He decided to turn oamo back on society, took Buddhist vows, and became a hermit, living outside the capital. 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.

Kamo no Chōmei Quotes (Author of Hojoki)

It all seemed so very strange and rough, and yet somehow not a little elegant. So the old capital was already a waste and the new one not yet made.

Transitory Man and His Dwellings. Yes, a monk had been here as ferryman, they told him, not the jo low fellow who takes such work. Something must have happened one day because he vanished and no one knows where he has gone.


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I went on living in this unsympathetic world amid many difficulties for thirty years, and the various rebuffs that I met left me with a poor opinion of this fleeting life. This article possibly contains original research.

If you bo to go anywhere go on your own feet. The Move Towards Tranquility.

Gale and Fire Storm. But in this little impermanent hut of mine all is calm and there is nothing to fear.

The immediate consequences of the teachings were the practice of secret charity, the exposure of sins, eccentric behavior and wandering in distant places.

Kamo no Chomei

The traveler recognized the ferryman, a disheveled old monk, as Gempin. The compilation was made years after Chomei’s Hojokihis famous reflective essay about the tumult of his time, from autocratic government and fickle masses to the series of natural disasters that overwhelmed the capital and threw daily life into chaos. My only luxury is a sound sleep and all I look forward to is the beauty of the changing seasons. He was too attached to literature, to music, to an aesthetic simplicity that was what one observer has called frankly a dandyism.


The Hojo-ki conveys a Buddhist understanding of the vanity of human effort and the on of material things. A House for My Own Needs. Disinheritance may have been the reason.

The light of the setting sun shines between its eyebrows. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. I inherited the estate of my great-grandmother on the father’s side, and there I lived for a while. If I compare it to the cottage of my middle years it is not a hundredth of the size.


It had rough plastered kwmo and no gate, and the pillars were of bamboo, cnomei it was really nothing more than a cart shed. Now it happened at this time that I chanced to go down myself to the new capital in the province of Settsu.

Kamo Chōmei

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.

Why have I wasted precious time in the recital of these useless pleasures? A guide to reclusive behavior, so to speak, was found in the Chinese Buddhist Tendai document Mo-ho chiuh-kuan or Great Concentration and Insight composed by Chih-i in the latter sixth century. n

Chomi, a body of written works. The design of the hut he built in Hino was inspired by the dwelling of the Buddhist recluse Vimalakirti. And of the people one met in the streets those who ought to have been riding in carriages were on horseback and those who usually wore court costume were in military overcoats. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.