212 new Buson haiku discovered!

Looking for new aspects of haibun I came across this fantastic bit of news … it was announced on October 14, 2015 that 212 new haiku by Buson (in a collection of 1900 haiku were discovered entitled Yahantei Buson Kushu. ‘Yahantei’ (Midnight Teahouse)) .. the piece along with other work by Buson were on display at the Tenri Library (near Nara) Japan until Nov. 8.

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Tenri Library (near Nara) announced on 14 Oct. that they had discovered two new books of original haiku by Yosa Buson: one volume of Spring & Summer poems, the other of Autumn & Winter ones. Altogether, they contain just over 1,900 haiku, of which 212 are previously unknown! The name of the missing collection is Yahantei Buson Kushu. ‘Yahantei’ (Midnight Teahouse) was an alias inherited from his teacher, Hajin, which, later in his life, he used alongside his better-known one of ‘Buson’ (Turnip Village). Above is the first page of the Spring volume, bearing critical marks said to have been made by the poet himself. The book was once owned by his Kyoto disciple, Hyakuchi. They will go on show at the Library, along with many other Buson-related works, until Nov. 8. Hailstone is planning a trip there on Oct. 25 (Sun.). Free entry. Contact SHG (Tito) for details, or…

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