For Tsurezure-e, artists usually painted several scenes, having selected popular episodes from the Essays in Idleness or episodes that readily lent themselves to depiction.
It is said that he lived past his seventieth birthday, but the historical record is meager and little is reliably known about him.
During his lifetime, Kenko was known as a poet whose master was Nijo Tameyo(1250-1338).
The Kaiho Yusetsu Tsurezuregusa handscrolls are particularly valuable because they illustrate the book in its entirety, and both the text and the pictures are complete.
Many commentaries have attempted to devise methods of reading Essays in Idleness by dividing the book into short passages.