Talk:Yosa Buson

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I think (after Google, e.g. [1]) that Yosa Buson's name is in the Japanese order, so his surname is Yosa, so he should be referred to in the article as "Yosa", not as "Buson". What do you think? -- Adam78 23:38, 20 August 2005 (UTC)

Yosa is his surname. In general, Japanese haiku poets are refered to by their given name or more likely their haigo (haiku pen name). Thus Masaoka Shiki is usually called Shiki, Matsuo Bashō is called Bashō, and Kobayashi Issa is called Issa. BlankVerse 00:29, 21 August 2005 (UTC)

Blank Verse is right--it's customary to refer to him as Buson. He didn't even use the name Yosa until relatively late in life. Some source texts claim that his surname was Taniguchi, and late 19th and early 20th century publications often refer to him as Taniguchi Buson. Modern scholars, however, call him Yosa Buson, and Buson when using only one name. Kyoho 16:18, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

Death date[edit]

With this edit Buson's death date has been changed from December 25, 1783 to January 17, 1784, without explanation (apart from the edit summary "err. date"). 1783 is supported by Haruo Shirane (Early Modern Japanese Literature, 2008), Robin D. Gill (The Fifth Season, 2007), Cheryl Crowley (Haikai Poet Yosa Buson and the Bashō Revival, 2007) among other heavyweights, so I am reverting. If there is credible conflicting evidence, then let's discuss that here with a view to achieving consensus. --gråb whåt you cån (talk) 11:06, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

I don't wish to argue one way or another. Just wanted to point out that the difference between these dates is exactly the difference between old Japanese lunar and modern(western) calendar, i.e. Tenmei 3, 12th month, 25th day in lunar calendar corresponds to January 17, 1784 in modern/western calendar. Also, in my experience there is quite some mess in non-Japanese language references regarding dates, with some authors translating dates in the traditional lunar calendar one to one to modern dates. bamse (talk) 23:43, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

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There is a very nice article on Buson in russian, of excellent quality. Somebody should commission a translation from some russian speaking friend! (talk) 16:22, 17 September 2014 (UTC)