Nozawa Bonchō

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Bonchō portrait

Nozawa Bonchō (野沢 凡兆, 1640–1714) was a Japanese haikai poet.[1] He was born in Kanazawa, and spent most of his life in Kyoto working as a doctor. Bonchō was one of Matsuo Bashō's leading disciples and, together with Kyorai, he edited the Bashō school's Monkey's Raincoat (Sarumino) anthology of 1689.[2] He participated in numerous renku with Bashō and other members of his Shōmon school.

A famous hokku by Bonchō:

市中は物のにほひや夏の月 Machinaka ha / mono no nioi ya / natsu no tsuki

the smells of things…
summer moon
(trans. Sean Price)


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Bonchō" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 80.
  2. ^ Sieffert, René. Bashô et son école Haïkaï, Les éditions Textuel, 2005, ISBN 2-84597-140-0 (in French)

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