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Yosa Buson
Yosa Buson
or Yosa no Buson (与謝 蕪村, 1716 – January 17, 1784[1]) 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 Edo


1 Biography 2 Sample poem 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province
Settsu Province
(now Kema-chō, Miyakojima Ward in Osaka
city). His original family name was Taniguchi. 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
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).[2] 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

Sample poem[edit]


Sumizumi ni nokoru samusa ya ume no hana

In nooks and corners Cold remains: Flowers of the plum (translated by RH Blyth)[3]


^ "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

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yosa Buson.

Bridge of dreams: the Mary Griggs Burke collection of Japanese art, a catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Yosa Buson
Yosa Buson
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