Yosa Buson

(1716 - 1784 / Osaka / Japan)

Yosa Buson
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Leading haiku poet of the late 18th century and, with Basho and Issa, one of the great names in haiku. Also known as Yosa Buson or Taniguchi Buson. Also a distinguished Bunjinga(literati-style) painter, he perfected haiga ("haiky sketch") as a branch of Japanese pictorial art. His best-known painting disciple, Matsumura Goshun, also known as Gekkei, founded the Shijo school.

Born near Osaka, as a youth Buson went to Edo (now Tokyo). For five years (1737-42) he belonged to a haikai linked-verse circle over which Hayano Hajin (1676-1742) presided. Here he learned the traditions of the Basho school haikai as transmitted by Hattori Ransetsu and Takarai Kikaku. After Hajin's... more »

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/11/2016 10:15:00 AM)

    '' The hokku composed after the death of Basho had its ups and down '', but luckily, Yosa Buson and Kobayashi Issa [and others] took their art seriously.

    Wrote Yosa Buson:
    '' Leaders of the haikai circles today each advocate their own poetic styles and speak ill of all the other styles. extending their elbows and puffing up their cheeks, they declare themselves to be master poets. Some try to appeal to the wealthy, others to the eccentric, but most of the verses selected in their anthologies are unrefined works, the kind of verses that would make knowledgeable experts cover their eyes at the first glance and throw them away. ''

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/11/2016 9:01:00 AM)

    Wrote Yosa Buson:
    '' Leaders of the haikai circles today each advocate their own poetic styles and speak ill of all the other styles. extending their elbows and puffing up their cheeks, they declare themselves to be master poets. Some try to appeal to the wealthy, others to the eccentric, but most of the verses selected in their anthologies are unrefined works, the kind of verses that would make knowledgeable experts cover their eyes at the first glance and throw them away. ''

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/20/2016 12:23:00 PM)

    Masaoka Shiki believed Yosa Buson was the greatest haiku poet

  • Gabriella Olivieri (10/22/2013 3:41:00 PM)

    nicely simple, lovable, and memorable for the people who appreciate the simple things

  • ingrid Diaz (1/17/2012 3:39:00 PM)

    i think you do a good job. :)

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