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Takashina no Takako
Takashina no Takako (高階貴子, sometimes read Takashina no Kishi; died 996), also known as the mother of the Honorary Grand Minister (儀同三司母, Gidōsanshi no haha) or as Kō no Naishi (高内侍), was a Japanese waka poet of the mid-Heian period. One of her poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.
She was the daughter of Takashina no Naritada (高階成忠).
By her husband Fujiwara no Michitaka, she was the mother of Takaie, Empress Teishi and Korechika, who was known as the Honorary Grand Minister (儀同三司, Gidōsanshi). She is accordingly frequently referred to as the mother of the Honorary Grand Minister.
The following poem by her was included as the 54th in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
wasureji no yuku-sue made wa katakereba
kyō o kagiri no inochi to mogana
You promise you'll never forget, but to the end of time is too long to ask. So let me die today―still loved by you.
(Shin Kokin Wakashū 13:1149)
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- Suzuki Hideo, Yamaguchi Shin'ichi, Yoda Yasushi. 2009 (1st ed. 1997). Genshoku: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Tokyo: Bun'eidō.
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