Motoori Norinaga

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Motoori Norinaga

Self-portrait by Motoori
Born 21 June 1730
Died 5 November 1801
Matsuzaka
Nationality Japan
Other names 本居 宣長
In this Japanese name, the family name is Motoori.

Motoori Norinaga (Japanese: 本居宣長; 21 June 1730–5 November 1801) was a Japanese scholar and poet during the Edo period. Norinaga's most important works include the Kojiki-den (Commentaries on the Kojiki), made over 35 years, and his comments on the Tale of Genji.

At the age of 22, Norinaga went to Kyoto to study medicine. Although best known as a Kokugaku scholar, Norinaga spent 40 years as a practicing doctor in Matsusaka.

He was the first to use the term Mono no aware, which is now an important concept in Japanese culture.