Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto), Izumi (modern day Osaka)
No other woman writer is as well represented within imperial anthologies as Izumi Shikibu, with 247 contributions. She was the daughter of Oe no Masumune, the governor of Echizen. Izumi married Tachibana no Michisada, the governor of Izumi. After her marriage, she travelled to Izumi province;these later poems are contained in Izumi Shikibu Kashu: zokushu. Eventually she returned to live in Heian-kyo. [Source:Mulhern, Chieko Irie. Japanese Women Writers: a Bio-critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.]
Izumi Shikibu Nikki, Izumi Shikibu Kashu: seishu, Izumi Shikibu Kashu: zokushu, poetry
Editions and Translations
Cranston, Edwin A, tr. The Izumi Shikibu Diary: A Romance of the Heian Court. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1969. ; Sato, Hiroaki. Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology. New York: Routledge, 2015. ; Brower, Robert H., and Earl Miner. Japanese Court Poetry. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1961. ; Sato, Hiroaki and Burton Watson, eds. and tr. From the Country of Eight Islands. New York: Columbia UP, 1986.