Yosa Buson (1716 - 1784 / Osaka / Japan)
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 death ... more »
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- A bat flits
- Before the white chrysanthemum
- Blow of an ax
- Blown from the west
- Buying leeks
- Calligraphy of geese
- Early summer rain
- Elegy to the Old Man Hokuju
- Evening wind
- Harvest moon
- He's on the porch