Image of Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō.

Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694)

Born into the samurai class in 1644, Matsuo Basho at the age of nine entered the service of a local lord and soon began writing poems. He went to Edo at the age of twenty-nine to pursue his interest in poetry and became a lay monk in 1679, the same year that he began composing in the form of haiku he would eventually popularize. To adorn his home, a student gave him a plantain tree, or basho, which became the poet’s favorite nickname. At his death in 1694, Basho left fifty ardent disciples devoted to his teachings.

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Voices In Time

1689 | Izumo Point

Sinking Sun

Matsuo Basho spots an island.More

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