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April 1284 volume of the "kyoki" diary of Fujiwara Kanenaka
and the 1284 volume of the "rekki" diary of Fujiwara Kanenaka

These are the diaries of Fujiwara Kanenaka, a court noble who lived during the latter part of the Kamakura period. Kanenaka came from a middle ranking aristocratic family that was in charge of events and judicial business at the imperial court. Details of this occupation are also reflected in the descriptions in his diaries. His diaries also contain writings on the Mongolian invasion, and the excerpts depicted in the above photographs concern the death of Hojo Tokimune. In addition to using the reverse side of daily records that are no longer in use to record daily entries written in chronological order called "hinamiki," Kanenaka has also used the blank spaces in the calendar to compile a type of diary known as "rekki." The relationship between the "hinamiki" diary and the "rekki" diary is by no means a simple one. This rare example of extant "hinamiki" and "rekki" diaries from the Kamakura period make Kanenaka's diaries valuable research materials.

Kazuki Takahashi
(Research Department, National Museum of Japanese History)


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