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List of notable or famous poets from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Japan and even some popular poets who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Japan is included when available.

Kobayashi Issa and Yukio Mishima are included on this list.

This historic poets from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Japan?" These prominent poets of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese poets.

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Basho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Japan
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Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房), was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku). Matsuo Bashō's poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites. Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku. He is quoted as saying, "Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 50 (1644-1694)

Birthplace: Ueno, Mie

Eriko Kishida was a poet and a writer of children's story. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)

Birthplace: Suginami, Japan

Gackt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Japan
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Gakuto Oshiro (大城 ガクト, Ōshiro Gakuto, born July 4, 1973), better known by his mononymous stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Born in Okinawa, Japan to a Ryukyuan family, Gackt learned the piano at a young age and was raised on classical music and enka before becoming interested in rock music while attending high school. He has been active since 1993, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, and then for the now defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, before starting his solo career in 1999. He has released nine studio albums and, with forty-eight singles released, holds the male soloist record for most top ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 45

Birthplace: Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Ihara Saikaku is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Japan
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Ihara Saikaku (井原 西鶴, 1642 – September 9, 1693) was a Japanese poet and creator of the "floating world" genre of Japanese prose (ukiyo-zōshi). Born as Hirayama Tōgo (平山藤五), the son of a wealthy merchant in Osaka, he first studied haikai poetry under Matsunaga Teitoku and later studied under Nishiyama Sōin of the Danrin school of poetry, which emphasized comic linked verse. Scholars have described numerous extraordinary feats of solo haikai composition at one sitting; most famously, over the course of a single day and night in 1677, Saikaku is reported to have composed at least 16,000 haikai stanzas, with some sources placing the number at over 23,500 stanzas.Later in life he began writing ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 51 (1642-1693)

Birthplace: Namba, Japan