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 222,864 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Kobayashi Issa is the 1,057th most popular writer (down from 871st in 2019), the 202nd most popular biography from Japan (down from 118th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular 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 1,057 out of 5,755Before him are Meša Selimović, N. F. S. Grundtvig, Ernst Barlach, Fredric Brown, Edmund Spenser, and Mori Ōgai. After him are Emil Ludwig, Alfred Brehm, Adalbert Stifter, Velimir Khlebnikov, Erskine Caldwell, and Joan Didion.

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Among people born in 1763, Kobayashi Issa ranks 11Before him are Jacques Charles, Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Claude Chappe, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, Augustin Robespierre, and Pierre-Charles Villeneuve. After him are Guillaume Brune, Xavier de Maistre, Louis I, Grand Duke of Baden, Étienne Méhul, Joseph Fesch, and Simon Mayr. Among people deceased in 1828, Kobayashi Issa ranks 11Before him are Victor of Aveyron, Alexander Ypsilantis, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Franz Joseph Gall, Carl Peter Thunberg, and Karl Mack von Leiberich. After him are Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Charlotte, Princess Royal, William Hyde Wollaston, Radama I, Sineperver Sultan, and Lady Caroline Lamb.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Kobayashi Issa ranks 202 out of 6,048Before him are Yohji Yamamoto (1943), Kawakami Gensai (1834), D. T. Suzuki (1870), Masao Nozawa (null), Katsura Tarō (1848), and Mori Ōgai (1862). After him are Emperor Chūai (149), Empress Jingū (169), Takashi Shimura (1905), Masahiko Kimura (1917), Saburō Sakai (1916), and Yukio Hatoyama (1947).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Kobayashi Issa ranks 23Before him are Sugawara no Michizane (845), Edogawa Ranpo (1894), Zeami Motokiyo (1363), Shoko Asahara (1955), D. T. Suzuki (1870), and Mori Ōgai (1862). After him are Eiji Yoshikawa (1892), Yosa Buson (1716), Shūsaku Endō (1923), Yosano Akiko (1878), Chūya Nakahara (1907), and Kenji Miyazawa (1896).