Contributors / December 2013 (Issue 22)

Kobayashi Issa
ImageKobayashi Issa (1763-1827), better known simply as Issa, was a haiku poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Pure Land sect. He is regarded as one of Japan's four great 'haiku masters'. In his haiku he records his itinerant life, its poverty and its hardships, but also finds solace in his faith and the creatures great and small that inhabit the world with him. [Translation]

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