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Famous Japanese Poets - Famous Poets from Japan

This famous Japanese poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown Japanese poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from Japan.

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Basho, Matsuo

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Matsuo Basho (1644–1694), renku and haiku poet
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Buson, Yosa

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Yosa Buson was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the greatest poets of the Edo Period. Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province (now Kema-cho, Miyakojima Ward in the city Osaka). His original family name was Taniguchi.. Japanese haikai poet and painter
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Issa, Kobayashi

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A Japanese writer of haikai (haiku) known for his hokku verses.. Japanese haikai poet
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Akahito, Yamabe no

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Yamabe no Akahito was a poet of the Nara period in Japan. The Man'yoshu, an ancient anthology, contains 13 choka ("long poems") and 37 tanka ("short poems") of his. Many of his poems were composed during journeys with Emperor Shomu between 724 and 736. Yamabe is regarded as one of the kami of poetry, and is called Waka Nisei along with Kakinomoto no Hitomaro. He is noted as one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals .
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Mishima, Yukio

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Yukio Mishima ( , Mishima Yukio ) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka ( , Hiraoka Kimitake , January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century; he was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and was poised to win the prize in 1968 although lost the award to his fellow countryman Yasunari Kawabata, presumably because of his radical right-wing activities. His avant-garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change. He is also remembered for his ritual suicide by seppuku after a failed coup d'état .
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Soseki, Natsume

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Natsume Soseki (1867–1916), Japanese novelist and poet of the Meiji period
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Akemi, Tachibana

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Tachibana Akemi ( , 1812 – October 13, 1868) was a Japanese poet and classical scholar.
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Kitano, Takeshi

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Takeshi Kitano ( , Kitano Takeshi , born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese film director, comedian, singer, actor, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical acclaim, both in his native Japan and abroad, for his idiosyncratic cinematic work. Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa once dubbed him "the true successor" to the influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the name Beat Takeshi (, Bito Takeshi ). Since April 2005, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Visual Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Kitano owns his own talent agency and production company, Office Kitano, which launched Tokyo Filmex in 2000.
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Chiyo-ni,

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Fukuda Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo ) (; 1703 - 2 October 1775) was a Japanese poet of the Edo period, widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets.
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Terayama, Shuji

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Shuji Terayama ( , Terayama Shuji , December 10, 1935 – May 4, 1983) was an avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. According to many critics and supporters, he was one of the most productive and provocative creative artists to come out of Japan. He was born December 10, 1935, the only son of Hachiro and Hatsu Terayama in Hirosaki city in the northern Japanese prefecture of Aomori. His father died at the end of Pacific War in Indonesia in September 1945. When Terayama was nine, his mother moved to Kyushu to work at an American military base, while he himself went to live with relatives in the city of Misawa, also in Aomori. At this same time, Terayama lived through the Aomori air raids that killed more than 30,000 people.
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Akinari, Ueda

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Ueda Akinari or Ueda Shusei ( , July 25, 1734, Osaka – August 8, 1809, Kyoto ) was a Japanese author, scholar and waka poet, and a prominent literary figure in 18th century Japan. He was an early writer in the yomihon genre and his two masterpieces, Ugetsu Monogatari ("Tales of Rain and the Moon") and Harusame Monogatari ("Tales of Spring Rain"), are central to the canon of Japanese literature.
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Masahide, Mizuta

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Mizuta Masahide ( , 1657–1723) was a seventeenth-century (Edo period ) Japanese poet and samurai who studied under Matsuo Basho .
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Hayashi, Fumiko

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Fumiko Hayashi ( , Hayashi Fumiko , December 31, 1903 or 1904 (Japanese sources disagree on the birth year) – June 28, 1951) was a Japanese novelist and poet .
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Tokoku, Kitamura

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Kitamura Tokoku ( , 29 December 1868 – 16 May 1894) was the pen name of Kitamura Montaro, a Japanese poet, essayist, and one of the founders of the modern Japanese romantic literary movement in the late Meiji period of Japan .
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Chiyo-ni, Fukuda

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Fukuda Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo) (; 1703 - 2 October 1775) was a Japanese poet of the Edo period, widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets.. Japanese poet of the Edo period; one of the greatest female haiku poets
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Moritake, Arakida

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Arakida Moritake ( , 1473 – August 30, 1549) was a Japanese poet who excelled in the fields of waka, renga, and in particular haikai. He studied renga with Sogi. He was the son of Negi Morihide, and a Shintoist. At the age of 69, he became head priest of the Inner Ise Shrine .
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Matsumoto, Takashi

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Takashi Matsumoto (, born , Matsumoto Takashi , 5 January 1906 – 11 May 1956) was a Japanese haiku poet active in Showa period Japan .
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Kitahara, Hakushu

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Hakushu Kitahara ( , Kitahara Hakushu , 25 January 1885 – 2 November 1942) is the pen-name of Kitahara Ryukichi ( , Kitahara Ryukichi ), a Japanese tanka poet active during the Taisho and Showa periods of Japan. He is regarded as one of the most popular and important poets in modern Japanese literature .
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Seisensui, Ogiwara

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Ogiwara Seisensui ( , 16 June 1884 - 11 May 1976) was the pen-name of Ogiwara Tokichi, a Japanese haiku poet active during the Taisho and Showa periods of Japan .
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Boncho, Nozawa

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Nozawa Boncho (c. 1640 – 1714), Japanese haikai poet
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Shiki, Masaoka

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Masaoka Shiki (, September 17, 1867 – September 19, 1902), the pen-name of Masaoka Noboru () was a Japanese author, poet, literary critic, and journalist in Meiji period Japan. Shiki is generally regarded as the major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry and also played an important role in revitalizing tanka poetry.. Japanese author poet literary critic and journalist
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Sono, Sion

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Sion Sono ( , Sono Shion , born December 20, 1961) is a Japanese filmmaker and poet.
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Yasumi, Rie

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Rie Yasumi ( ) (born 1 March 1972 in Kobe, Hyogo ) is a Japanese senryu poet, a graduate of Otemae University. Her real name is Rieko Yasumi ( , Yasumi Rieko ) .
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Kukai,

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Kukai ( ), also known posthumously as Kobo-Daishi (, The Grand Master Who Propagated the Buddhist Teaching ), 774–835, was a Japanese monk, civil servant, scholar, poet, and artist, founder of the Shingon or "True Word" school of Buddhism. Shingon followers usually refer to him by the honorific titles of O-Daishi-sama ( ) and Henjo-Kongo ( ) .
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Shikibu, Murasaki

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Murasaki Shikibu ( , English: Lady Murasaki) (c. 978 – c. 1014 or 1025) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Murasaki Shikibu is a nickname; her real name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara Takako, who was mentioned in a 1007 court diary as an imperial lady-in-waiting.
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