Minamoto no Ienaga (源家長)

MINAMOTO no Ienaga (1170? - 1234) was a noble and poet in the beginning of the Kamakura period.
MINAMOTO no Takaakira lineage of Daigo-Genji (Minamoto clan)
Son of MINAMOTO no Tokinaga, Daizenshiki (Office of the Palace Table)
Jushii (Junior Fourth Rank) and Tajima no kuni no kokushi (Governor of Tajima Province)
One of Shin Sanju-rokkasen (New Thirty-six Master Poets)


Ienaga served various posts including Kurodo (Chamberlain), Meryo (Bureau of Horses), Hyogoryo (Bureau of Military Storehouses), Suke (assistant director) of Musashi Province, Suke of Bizen Province, Bingo no kami (Governor of Bingo Province), Mimasaka no kami (Governor of Mimasaka Province) and Tajima no kami (Governor of Tajima Province). He resigned Tajima no kami following the Jokyu War. He was awarded Jushiijo (Junior Fourth Rank, Upper Grade).

An excellent waka poet, Ienaga was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Waka to be engaged in compilation of ""Shin Kokin Waka Shu" (New Collection of Ancients and Modern Poems), and he himself performed as a waka poet and participated in various poetry contests including "Ingodo Hyakushu," "Sengohyaku ban Utaawase (One thousand and five hundreds Set of Poetry Match)," "Genkyushi Utaawase," "Dojohoshinno Gojusshu" (unknown date), "Toin Sessho Hyakushu," and "Hiyoshishasen Utaawase." His thirty six poems were adopted in "Shin Kokin Waka Shu" and other Imperial anthologies of Japanese poetry. It is recorded that he made friends with FUJIWARA no Teika and FUJIWARA no Ietaka. He took as his wife one of the ladies-in-waiting for Emperor Gotoba by the name of Shimotsuke, and both his wife and son became poets whose poems were included in Imperial anthologies.

He wrote a diary "The Diary of MINAMOTO no Ienaga."