Sugita Hisajo (1890-1946) was born in Kagoshima, Kyushu. After her marriage, she began studying haiku with the well-known poet Takahama Kyoshi and became an active member of his haiku circle, even publishing her own haiku magazine. However, in 1936 for reasons unknown Kyoshi expelled her from his circle. Heartbroken, she gradually stopped writing haiku and died in 1946 at a sanitarium.
A haiku by Sugita Hisajo features in our spring 2020 translation workshop. Find out more.