Sokendai Review of Cultural and Social Studies


Kōdō ran no sono (Book of Kōdō)

TAKEI masako

(SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies),
School of Cultural and Social Studies,
Department of Japanese Literature)

Key words:

Fuboku wakashū, Fuboku wakashū nukigaki, Kōdō ran no sono, kumikō

Kōdō ran no sono (Book of Kōdō) is a text written in the early eighteenth century on kōdō, the Japanese art of incense. It contains more than 200 kinds of kumikō (games of judging the difference between fragrances) and the manners of kōdō. This book was edited by Kikuoka Senryō.

There are twenty-four kinds of kumikō that are related to the waka poems of Fuboku wakashū nukigaki (Extracts from the Fuboku Waka Collection) by Saijun, a renga poet. And there is also a kumikō that is related to a waka in this same edited collection, which wakashū was published in a woodblock printed edition in 1682.

Fuboku wakashū nukigaki has served as a sourcebook for composing renga, but twenty-four of the waka poems in it also include references to shoka, the theme of incense games.

The aim of this essay is to elucidate the relationship of these incense games to Fuboku wakashū nukigaki.