Bochō Yamamura

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Bochō Yamamura (山村 暮鳥, Yamamura Bochō, January 10, 1884-December 8, 1924) was a Japanese writer, poet and songwriter.

Bochō was born Tsuchida Hakkujū in present-day Takasaki, Gunma. After a hardship-filled infancy, upon completing his studies, he became a Christian preacher. He gained the public's attention thanks to his acutely sensitive poetry. Suffering from tuberculosis, out of work, and living a sad vagabond life, he kept writing poetry, fairy tales and songs for children with a humanity-filled, warm style. In his last years, he composed a number of simply-worded and yet highly inspirational odes to Nature.