Mukai Kyorai

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Mukai Kyorai (向井 去来, 1651 – 8 October 1704) was a Japanese haikai poet, and a close disciple of Matsuo Bashō. A physician's son, he was born in Nagasaki, and connected with Bashō in the 1680s. In 1691 he was one of the compilers, together with Nozawa Bonchō, of the Sarumino (Monkey's Straw Raincoat) Bashō-school collection. After Bashō's death he produced Kyoraishō, a rich source for the ideas of, and anecdotes about, his master.[1]


  1. ^ Carter, Steven. Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology Stanford University Press, 1993. ISBN 9780804722124. p376