Mizuta Masahide

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Mizuta.

Mizuta Masahide (水田 正秀?, 1657–1723) was a seventeenth-century (Edo period) Japanese poet and samurai who studied under Matsuo Bashō.

Masahide practiced medicine in Zeze and led a group of poets who built the Mumyō Hut.[1][2]


Barn's burnt down

Barn's burnt down --
I can see the moon.

Alternate translation:[3]

Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon

When bird passes on

When bird passes on --
like moon,
a friend to water.

Masahide's Death Poem

while I walk on
the moon keeps pace beside me:
friend in the water