Makoto Ōoka

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Makoto Ooka (大岡 信 Ōoka Makoto?, born February 16, 1931 in Mishima, Shizuoka)[1] is a Japanese poet and literary critic. He pioneered the collaborative poetic form renshi in the 1990s,[2][3] in which he has collaborated with such well-known literary figures as Charles Tomlinson, James Lasdun, Joseph Stanton and Mikiro Sasaki.[4]

Asahi Shimbun[edit]

Ooka's poetry column was published without a break seven days a week for more than 20 years on the front page of Asahi Shimbun, which is Japan's leading national newspaper.[5]



  • The Japanese and Mt. Fuji (Tokyo: Graphic-sha, 1984)
  • Uta no saijiki (Gakushu Kenkyusha, 1985)
  • A Play of Mirrors: Eight Major Poets of Modern Japan (Sante Fe: Katydid Books, 1987)
  • The World of Sam Francis (Ogawa Art Foundation, 1987)
  • A String Around Autumn = Aki O Tatamu Himo: Selected Poems, 1952-1980 (Sante Fe: Katydid Books, 1988)
  • Gustave Moreau Caste of Dreams (Tokyo: Parco, 1988)
  • Elegy and the Benediction: Selected Poems 1947-1989 (Sante Fe: Katydid Books, 1991)
  • The Colors of Poetry: Essays on Classic Japanese Verse (Sante Fe: Katydid Books, 1991. Co-authors: Thomas Fitzsimmons, Donald Keene, Takako Lento, Thomas Lento)
  • A Poet's Anthology: The Range of Japanese Poetry (Sante Fe: Katydid Books, 1994. Translated into English by Janine Beichman)
  • What the Kite Thinks: A Linked Poem, by Makoto Ooka, Wing Tek Lum, Joseph Stanton, and Jean Yamasaki Toyama (Manoa: University of Hawaii Press, 1994)
  • Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets (Hawaii: Univ of Hawaii Press, 1995. With Tsujii Takashi)
  • The Poetry and Poetics of Ancient Japan (Santa Fe: Katydid Books, 1997. Translated into English by Thomas Fitzsimmons)
  • Dans l'océan du silence (Paris: Voix d'encre, 1998. Translated into French by Dominique Palmé)
  • Oriori no Uta: Poems for all seasons (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2000. Translated into English by Janine Beichman)
  • Love Songs from the Man'yoshu: Selections from a Japanese Classic (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2000)
  • Voix d'Argile: Fance Franck (Paris: Bayle a Montelimar, 2001)


  1. ^ Welcome to Japanese Poetry, Poetry International, 2006
  2. ^ a b Profile of Makoto Ooka
  3. ^ a b Innovative Japan poet bags Japan Foundation prize
  4. ^ Tomlinson, Charles, Makoto Ooka, James Lasdun, Hiroshi Kawasaki and Mikiro Sasaki. An extract from Departing Swallows, in Journal of Renga & Renku, issue 2, 2012. p162
  5. ^ Honan, William H. "Why Millions in Japan Read All About Poetry," New York Times. March 6, 2000.