What a strange thing…

What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.

– Kobayashi Issa


born in Shinano-machi, Shinano Province (present-day Nagano Prefecture), Japan June 15, 1763
died: January 05, 1828
gender: male
genre: Poetry

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.



One thought on “What a strange thing…

  1. ‘March 27, 1912: Before the World Wars, Japan sent thousands of cherry trees to Washington, D.C., as a gesture of friendship. They were planted 101 years ago and continue to bloom today.’
    – Goodreads

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