Yosa Buson or Yosa no Buson (与謝 蕪村, 1716 – January 17,
1784) was a Japanese poet and painter of the
Edo period. Along with
Matsuo Bashō and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the
greatest poets of the
2 Sample poem
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Buson was born in the village of Kema in
Settsu Province (now
Kema-chō, Miyakojima Ward in
Osaka city). His original family name
Around the age of 20, Buson moved to
Edo (now Tokyo) and learned
poetry under the tutelage of the haikai master Hayano Hajin. After
Hajin died, Buson moved to
Shimōsa Province (modern-day Ibaraki
Prefecture). Following in the footsteps of his idol, Matsuo Bashō,
Buson traveled through the wilds of northern
Honshū that had been the
inspiration for Bashō's famous travel diary,
Oku no Hosomichi
Oku no Hosomichi (The
Narrow Road to the Interior). He published his notes from the trip in
1744, marking the first time he published under the name Buson.
After traveling through various parts of Japan, including Tango (the
northern part of modern
Kyoto Prefecture) and Sanuki (Kagawa
Prefecture in Shikoku), Buson settled down in the city of
Kyoto at the
age of 42. It is around this time that he began to write under the
name of Yosa, which he took from his mother's birthplace (Yosa in the
province of Tango).
Buson married at the age of 45 and had one daughter, Kuno. From this
point on, he remained in Kyoto, writing and teaching poetry at the
Sumiya. In 1770, he assumed the haigō (俳号, haiku pen name) of
Yahantei (夜半亭, Midnight Studio), which had been the pen name of
his teacher Hajin.
Buson died at the age of 68 and was buried at
Konpuku-ji in Kyoto.
Grave of Yosa Buson
Sumizumi ni nokoru samusa ya ume no hana
In nooks and corners
Flowers of the plum
(translated by RH Blyth)
^ "Buson (Japanese artist and poet) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia".
Britannica.com. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
^ Henry Trubner, Tsugio Mikami, Idemitsu Bijutsukan. Treasures of
Asian art from the Idemitsu Collection. Seattle Art Museum, 1981.
ISBN 978-0-932216-06-9 p174
^ Blyth, R.H., (translator). Haiku: Spring. Volume 2 of Haiku,
Hokuseido Press, 1981, ISBN 978-0-89346-159-1 p572
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