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Yono naka wa jigoku no ue no hanami kana

This World

  This world — a banquet of flowers just above hell. Kobayashi Issa was born on 15 June 1763 in Kashiwabara, Shinano Province (Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture today).  Denied his inheritance by his stepmother and stepbrother, he made a living as an impoverished traveling teacher of poetry.  The language of his poems is as simple and […]

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