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Taking a nap by Buson

Filed Under: Haikus

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Yosa (or also Taniguchi) Buson is highly esteemed and considered one of the greatest artists in the Bunjina literarti style. Second only to Basho in terms of haiku mastery, Buson began training as a late teen in Edo (Tokyo) under the instruction of Matsumara Goshun and became the best known disciple of his teacher. With [...]



Is the dawn, too by Chosui

Filed Under: Haikus

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Chosui was a Japanese poet born in 1701 to a local governor in Chiba. As a monk and artist, he gained prominence during the Edo Period. Chosui’s work was considered innovative for his well received efforts during a peak of the public embrace of the arts within Japan. As a haiku master, Chosui mentored his [...]



Selling ladles by Anonymous

Filed Under: Haikus

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“This haiku was written by an anonymous author. Otherwise unknown but revered nonetheless. Selling ladles, he shows how to scoop up nothing at all.



Don’t cry, wild geese by Issa

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A life full of tragic events inspired Kobayashi Issa to concentrate on the most pure aspects of living: children and the struggles common people experience. As one of the Great Four haiku masters within Japan, Issa’s work was tremendous and influential. Buddhist beliefs were a founding principle for this 18th century poet and priest who [...]



Only the moon and I by Kikusha

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Tagami Kikusha was a prominent Japanese poet born in what is now Yamaguchi, Japan, during 1753. She lived a life devoted to arts, writing, painting, and perfecting her craft. Widowed at just 24, independent, and alone, Kikusha adopted a son and spent more than half of her life traveling on journeys throughout her country. Her [...]

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Everything I touch by Soseki

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Natsume Soseki is considered the greatest writers in modern Japan history. As the first Japanese student of British literature, Soseki’s scholarly pursuits greatly impacted all Japanese authors, writers, and artists who followed and influenced the students he taught. At the turn of the 20th century, his contributions to literature included haiku, renku, haitaishi, literary sketches, [...]