Yosa Buson

Yosa Buson (1716-1784) was a Japanese haikai poet and painter, one of the greatest haikai poets of the premodern period. Born in a village near Osaka. Buson later moved to the capital city, Edo, where he began to study poetry. He later travelled in the footsteps of his idol Bashō around northern Japan, before finally settling in Kyoto in his early 40s. Compared to Bashō, Buson is more concerned with the sensual world and is often fascinated by the creation of visual, aesthetic and dramatic effect in his poetry. Notes on this haiku:

A haiku by Yosa Buson features in our spring 2020 translation workshop. Find out more.