Mizuta Masahide

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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

My barn having burned to the ground
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


  1. ^ Ueda, Makoto. "Basho and His Interpreters." Stanford University Press. 1995. 342. Retrieved on April 14, 2009.
  2. ^ "Masahide : Poems and Biography". Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  3. ^ http://docs.rwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=rr[bare URL PDF]