Kobayashi Issa


Born
in Shinano-machi, Shinano Province (present-day Nagano Prefecture), Japan
June 15, 1763

Died
January 05, 1828

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Kobayashi Issa was a Japanese poet known for his haiku poems and journals. He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. Reflecting the popularity and interest in Issa as man and poet, Japanese books on Issa outnumber those on Buson, and almost equal those on Bashō.

Although better known by his pen name Issa, he was born Kobayashi Yataro in 1763 on a farm in central Japan.

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The Spring of My Life and S...

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Today And Today

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3.85 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2007
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A Few Flies and I: Haiku

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The Year of My Life

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4.40 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1973 — 3 editions
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Boží člověk Issa: Výběr z h...

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The Dumpling Field: Haiku o...

4.28 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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Cincuenta haikus

3.81 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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Inch by Inch: 45 Haiku by Issa

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The Autumn Wind: A Selectio...

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4.12 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1984 — 3 editions
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Primeira Neve

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More books by Kobayashi Issa…
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
Kobayashi Issa, Poems

“Summer night--
even the stars
are whispering to each other.”
Kobayashi Issa

“Never forget:
we walk on hell,
gazing at flowers.”
Kobayashi Issa

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