Find out more about the greatest Japanese Poets, including Yukio Mishima, Takeshi Kitano, Ayumi Hamasaki, Murasaki Shikibu and Lafcadio Hearn.
Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
14 January 1925
Playwright
BashoBasho
1644 AD
Poet

Takeshi KitanoTakeshi Kitano
18 January 1947
Film director, Actor, Painter, Owarai tarento,

Ayumi HamasakiAyumi Hamasaki
02 October 1978
Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor,

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University

Daisaku IkedaDaisaku Ikeda
02 January 1928
Poet, Writer
Masako NatsumeMasako Natsume
17 December 1957
Actor, Model, Poet

Kenji MiyazawaKenji Miyazawa
27 August 1896
Poet, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, Esperantist,

YoshitoshiYoshitoshi
30 April 1839
Engraver, Painter, Poet

Shūji TerayamaShūji Terayama
10 December 1935
Poet, Playwright, Writer, Film director,
Kobayashi IssaKobayashi Issa
15 June 1763
Poet, Painter, Writer

Chūya NakaharaChūya Nakahara
29 April 1907
Poet, Writer, Tanka poet, Translator
Yosano AkikoYosano Akiko
07 December 1878
Author

Yosa BusonYosa Buson
1716 AD
Poet

Matsudaira KatamoriMatsudaira Katamori
15 February 1836
Poet
Masaoka ShikiMasaoka Shiki
14 October 1867
Poet

RyōkanRyōkan
02 November 1758
Buddhist Monk
Fujiwara no TeikaFujiwara no Teika
1162 AD
Poet

Ueda AkinariUeda Akinari
25 July 1734
Author

Santōka TanedaSantōka Taneda
03 December 1882
Poet, Writer, Bhikkhu
Ozaki KōyōOzaki Kōyō
10 January 1868
Author

Sadakichi HartmannSadakichi Hartmann
08 November 1867
Critic
Ōtomo no YakamochiŌtomo no Yakamochi
0718 AD
Japanese statesman

Kō MachidaKō Machida
15 January 1962
Actor, Novelist, Poet, Writer, Singer, Lyricist

Ishikawa TakubokuIshikawa Takuboku
20 February 1886
Poet

Itō SachioItō Sachio
18 September 1864
Poet, Novelist, Writer, Tanka poet, Literary
Ōshikōchi no MitsuneŌshikōchi no Mitsune
0898 AD
 
Jūkichi YagiJūkichi Yagi
09 February 1898
Poet, Writer

Kunikida DoppoKunikida Doppo
30 August 1871
Novelist

Saigo TakamoriSaigo Takamori
23 January 1828
Samurai, Poet

Inoue YasushiInoue Yasushi
06 May 1907
Writer
Shimazaki TōsonShimazaki Tōson
25 March 1872
Author

Ike TaigaIke Taiga
1723 AD
Painter