Enomoto Seifu

Enomoto Seifu (1732-1815) was born into a samurai family and began to write haikai under the inspiration of her stepmother. Her poems began to appear in haikai anthologies from the mid-1750s onwards, increasing in numbers after the death of her husband in 1770. In her late years, she became a Buddhist nun, taking the name Seifuni (Star Cloth Nun).

A haiku by Enomoto Seifu features in our spring 2020 translation workshop. Find out more.