Asukai Masatsune (飛鳥井雅経, born 1170, died 1221) was a Japanese waka poet of the early Kamakura period. He was also an accomplished kemari player. and one of his poems was included in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.
He was a son of Nanba Yoritsune (難波頼経, Japanese Wikipedia), and the ancestor of the Asukai family, who were known for their skill at both poetic composition and kemari. Being of Fujiwara stock, he was also known as Fujiwara no Masatsune (藤原雅経). Among his grandchildren was the poet Masaari. He made a private collection, the Asukai-shū, which was posthumously edited by his grandson in 1292. Twenty-two of his poems were included in the Shin Kokin Wakashū, and a total of 134 in the imperial anthologies.
Masatsune studied waka under Fujiwara no Shunzei and from 1201 served in the Poetry Bureau (和歌所 Waka-dokoro). He served as one of the compilers of the Shin Kokin Wakashū, along with Shunzei's son Teika. Some twenty-two of his own poems were included in the imperial collection. A total of 134 of his poems were included in it and later imperial collections. He also compiled a private waka collection, the Asukai-shū (明日香井集, also called Asukai Wakashū, 明日香井和歌集), which was edited by his grandson Masaari in 1292.
The following poem by him was included as No. 94 in Teika's famous Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
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- McMillan 2010 : 174.
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