In traditional Japanese haiku, a pivotal element is the use of a kigo, a reference to the season because of this, haiku are often tied to the time of the year. In this article, we share some of the most famous spring haiku by Japanese poets. These classical verses capture the essence of rejuvenation and metamorphosis associated with spring. Enjoy!
A poet whose existence was brimming with personal sorrows, Issa emerged as the most empathetic among haiku masters, displaying a unique sensitivity towards children and ordinary folks.
At approximately seventeen years of age, Buson ventured to Edo (Tokyo), immersing himself in the study of painting and haiku. Following the passing of his haiku mentor in 1742, Buson embarked on a journey through the eastern provinces for over a decade, eventually finding his abode in Kyoto. Revered today as a preeminent exponent of the literati style, he stands second only to Bashō in the annals of haiku tradition. Both Buson’s verses and his artworks radiate the luminous fervor of his perception of human existence and the encompassing natural realm.
Hailing from Matsue, Shigeyori spent the majority of his days in Kyoto. Under the tutelage of Teitoku, he delved into the art of haiku. Later, he compiled Bashō’s haiku and nurtured accomplished disciples in the likes of Onitsura.
Originating in Shima (now within Mie Prefecture), Chora eventually relocated to Ise. He cultivated connections with poets like Buson.
A Kyoto poet, Kana-jo was Kyorai’s wife and had two daughters.
KUBOTA MANTARŌ (1889–1963).
Mantarō was born in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Following his graduation from Keiō University, he gained renown as an accomplished writer, playwright, and stage producer. His poetry is distinguished by its enchanting lyrical essence.
KAWAHIGASHI HEKIGODŌ (1873–1937). Born in Matsuyama, within Ehime Prefecture, Hekigodō received tutelage under Shiki. His literary pursuits extended to encompass both literary criticism and novel composition.