Yosa Buson


Yosa Buson (1716-1784) was a mid to late Edo period haiku poet and painter. His original surname was Taniguchi but later changed to Yosa. He adopted several artist names throughout his career. During his teens, he moved to Edo and we went under the tutelage of the haiku master Hayano Hajin. Following Hayano's passing, he wandered the country and settled in Kyoto. Following the creation of "Juben-Jugi-zu" (Ten Conveniences and Ten Pleasures), a work Yosa vied with Ike no Taiga to create, Yosa's haiku and painting began to change. He urged the revival of Shofu (Basho style) haiku and established his own, innovative haiga (haiku painting) style.