Famous Haiku Poets

Below are famous poets that are known for writing haiku poetry. Where possible, we've provided links to examples of their poetry. This page is currently being developed.

See also: Famous Haiku Poems | Western Poets Using Haiku

Haiku Masters

  • Matsuo Bashō
  • Yosa Buson
  • Fukuda Chiyo-ni
  • Kobayashi Issa
  • Masaoka Shiki

Other famous haiku poets: Natsume Soseki, Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Chiyo-ni, Hendrik Doeff, Hanabusa Itchō, Tatsuko Hoshino, Dakotsu Iida, Ishizuka Tomoji, Kobayashi Issa, Masao Kume, Takashi Matsumoto, Nagai Tatsuo, Naito Joso, Ogiwara Seisensui, Ozaki Kōyō, Taneda Santōka, and Shōtetsu.

Rank Haiku Poets
1 Matsuo Basho - Classical Poet

Matsuo Basho (1644–1694), renku and haiku poet

2 Yosa Buson - Classical Poet

Yosa Buson was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the greatest poets of the Edo Period. Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province (now Kema-cho, Miyakojima Ward in the city Osaka). His original family name was Taniguchi.. Japanese haikai poet and painter

3 Kobayashi Issa - Classical Poet

A Japanese writer of haikai (haiku) known for his hokku verses.. Japanese haikai poet

4 Natsume Soseki - Classical Poet

Natsume Soseki (1867–1916), Japanese novelist and poet of the Meiji period

5  Chiyo-ni - Classical Poet

Fukuda Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo ) (; 1703 - 2 October 1775) was a Japanese poet of the Edo period, widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets.

6 Takashi Matsumoto - Classical Poet

Takashi Matsumoto (, born , Matsumoto Takashi , 5 January 1906 – 11 May 1956) was a Japanese haiku poet active in Showa period Japan .

7 Ogiwara Seisensui - Classical Poet

Ogiwara Seisensui ( , 16 June 1884 - 11 May 1976) was the pen-name of Ogiwara Tokichi, a Japanese haiku poet active during the Taisho and Showa periods of Japan .

8 Tatsuko Hoshino - Classical Poet

Tatsuko Hoshino ( , Hoshino Tatsuko , 15 November 1903—3 March 1984) was a Japanese haiku poet active in Showa period Japan .

9 Masao Kume - Classical Poet

Masao Kume ( , Kume Masao , 23 November 1891 – 1 March 1952) was a Japanese popular playwright, novelist and haiku poet (under the pen-name of Santei ) active during the late Taisho and early Showa periods of Japan. His wife, and the wife of Nagai Tatsuo were sisters.

10 Nagai Tatsuo - Classical Poet

Nagai Tatsuo ( , 20 May 1904 – 12 October 1990) was a writer of short stories and haiku poetry active in the Showa period Japan, known for his portrayals of city life. Nagai was also known as a haiku poet under the pen-name of "Tomonkyo".

11 Hanabusa Itcho - Classical Poet

Hanabusa Itcho ( , 1652 – February 7, 1724) was a Japanese painter, calligrapher, and haiku poet. He originally trained in the Kano style, under Kano Yasunobu, but ultimately rejected that style and became a literati (bunjin ). He was also known as Hishikawa Wao and by a number of other art-names .

12 Dakotsu Iida - Classical Poet

Dakotsu Iida ( , Iida Dakotsu , 26 April 1885 – 3 October 1962) was a famous Japanese haiku poet from what is now part of the cirt of Fuefuki, Yamanashi, Japan. Commonly referred to as Dakotsu, his real name was Takeji Iida ( , Iida Takeji ). He trained under Kyoshi Takahama, and was a frequent contributor to such haiku journals as Hototogisu (magazine) and Unmo. He was chief editor of Unmo .

13 Ishizuka Tomoji - Classical Poet

Tomoji Ishizuka ( , 20 September 1906 – 8 February 1984) was the pen-name of Ishizuka Tomoji (written in different kanji ), a Japanese haiku poet and novelist active during the Showa period of Japan .

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