Kobayashi Issa

Poet, Author

1763 – 1828

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Who was Kobayashi Issa?

Kobayashi Issa, was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as simply Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea. He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson and Shiki - 'the Great Four, Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki'.

Reflecting the popularity and interest in Issa as man and poet, Japanese books on Issa outnumber those on Buson, and almost equal in number those on Bashō.

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Born
Jun 15, 1763
Shinano Province
Also known as
  • Issa Kobayashi
  • Kobayashi Nobuyuki
  • Nobuyuki Kobayashi
  • Ikyo
  • Ikyou
  • Kikumei
  • Nirokuan
  • Haikaiji
  • Ungai
  • Issabo
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Buddhism
Ethnicity
  • Japanese
Nationality
  • Japan
Profession
Lived in
  • Nagano Prefecture
Died
Jan 5, 1828
Shinano Province

Submitted
on July 23, 2013