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Nozawa Bonchō

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Nozawa Bonchō

Nozawa Bonchō (野沢 凡兆?, 1640 - 1714) was a Japanese haikai poet.[1] He was born in Kanazawa, and spent most of his life in Kyoto working as a doctor. Bonchō was one of Matsuo Bashō's leading disciples and, together with Kyorai, he edited the Bashō school's Monkey's Raincoat (Sarumino) anthology of 1689.[2] He participated in numerous renku with Bashō and other members of his Shōmon school.

A famous hokku by Bonchō:

Downtown
the smells of things…
summer moon
(trans. Sean Price)

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External links

  • The Haiku and Poems of Nozawa Bonchō
  • renku (collaborative linked poem), by Bonchō, Bashō and Kyorai, translated by Sean Price


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