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Exploring Modern Japanese Haiku

Ozawa Minoru
Translated by Janine Beichman
Photography by Maeda Shinzō & Akira

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To be published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-179-8 (Hardcover) | 376 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2021

About the Book

This volume of seasonally-arranged poems is a guide to the appreciation and enjoyment of the great variety of modern Japanese haiku. From turn-of-the-century masters to poets of today, 300 of Japan’s best modern haiku are introduced by Ozawa Minoru, a leading contemporary haiku poet and critic. Each of the poems, many of them scarcely known, is sensitively discussed together with the background of the poem and the relations between the poets.

The volume includes poems from the end of the century through the beginning of the twenty-first century by the most important writers of modern haiku. Alongside these are works by well-known novelists and other cultural figures who were not professional haiku poets but for whom haiku was an important part of their lives, such as Kubota Mantarō, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, and Natsume Sōseki. The book also features beautiful seasonal photographs at the beginning of each chapter.

About the Author

OZAWA Minoru

Ozawa Minoru (b. 1956) is a prominent Japanese haiku poet and critic. He began writing haiku while a student at Shinshu University and went on to graduate studies in literature at Seijo University. In 2000, after fifteen years as editor-in-chief of the prominent haiku magazine Taka, he founded Sawa, which he continues to direct. His first haiku collection was Kinuta (1986), followed by Ritsuzō (1997), which won the New Faces Prize of the Association of Haiku Poets. Shunkan (2006), his third haiku collection, won the Yomiuri Literature Prize for Poetry. For Haiku no hajimaru basho (2007) he won the Association of Haiku Poets 22nd Prize for Criticism. He is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Haiku Poets, and serves as judge for haiku columns in the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Tokyo Shimbun, and other publications.







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