Kobayashi Issa

1763 - 1828

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Kobayashi Issa (小林 一茶, June 15, 1763 – January 5, 1828) was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū. He is known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as simply Issa (一茶), a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea (lit. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kobayashi Issa has received more than 202,442 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Kobayashi Issa is the 871st most popular writer (down from 836th in 2019), the 118th most popular biography from Japan (up from 128th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Japanese Writer.

Kobayashi Issa is most famous for his haiku poetry. He was a Japanese poet who lived from 1763 to 1827.

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Among writers, Kobayashi Issa ranks 871 out of 5,794Before him are Julius Fučík, Pietro Bembo, Waris Dirie, Cao Xueqin, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Richard Matheson. After him are Nestor the Chronicler, Tukaram, Władysław Reymont, Bruce Chatwin, Luqman, and V. S. Naipaul.

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Among people born in 1763, Kobayashi Issa ranks 8Before him are Charles XIV John of Sweden, Jean Paul, Józef Poniatowski, Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Jacques Charles, and Louis Nicolas Vauquelin. After him are Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, Augustin Robespierre, Claude Chappe, Guillaume Brune, Xavier de Maistre, and Franz Danzi. Among people deceased in 1828, Kobayashi Issa ranks 10Before him are Maria Feodorovna, Victor of Aveyron, Franz Joseph Gall, Carl Peter Thunberg, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and Alexander Ypsilantis. After him are William Hyde Wollaston, Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl Mack von Leiberich, Radama I, Charlotte, Princess Royal, and James Edward Smith.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Kobayashi Issa ranks 118 out of 5,560Before him are Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835), Hōjō Tokimune (1251), Emperor Reigen (1654), Emperor Higashiyama (1675), Iwane Matsui (1878), and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797). After him are Isamu Akasaki (1929), Empress Kōjun (1903), Tokugawa Hidetada (1579), Kuniaki Koiso (1880), Arata Isozaki (1931), and Momofuku Ando (1910).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Kobayashi Issa ranks 18Before him are Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Kōbō Abe (1924), Masaru Emoto (1943), Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886), Mori Ōgai (1862), and Issei Sagawa (1949). After him are Zeami Motokiyo (1363), D. T. Suzuki (1870), Edogawa Ranpo (1894), Yosa Buson (1716), Shoko Asahara (1955), and Shūsaku Endō (1923).