Sei Shōnagon, illustration from an issue of
|Born||Kiyohara Nagiko (清原 諾子)|
|Died||1017 or 1025|
Tachibana no Norimitsu
Sei Shōnagon (清少納言, lesser councilor of state Sei), (c. 966–1017/1025) was a Japanese author, poet and a
Sei Shōnagon's actual given name is not known. It was the custom among aristocrats in those days to call a court lady by a nickname taken from a court office belonging to her father or husband. Sei (清) derives from her father's family name "
Her actual name has been a topic of debate among scholars, who consider Kiyohara no Nagiko (清原 諾子) a possibility.[