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Born in Saitama prefecture, Japan, in 1919. Graduated from Imperial Tokyo University with a major in Economics. Began writing haiku at the age of 18, becoming a member of the Seisoken group. Later studied haiku under Shuson Kato. Went to work for the Bank of Japan. Served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed on the island of Truk, returning to Japan in 1946. As one of the leaders, he promoted Avant-garde haiku in post-war Japan. In 1962 founded the haiku magazine Kaitei. From 1983 to 2000, served as President of the Modrn Haiku Association. In 1956 the Modern Haiku Association Prize, in 1989 Shiju-hoso Medal, in 1996 Poetry Museum Prize, in 1997 NHK Media Culuture Prize. Now he is an Editor of the haiku column in the Asahi Newspaper, Honorary President of the Modern Haiku Association. With his family residing in Kumagaya, Japan.

His haiku collections include: A Boy (1955), The Haiku of Tohta Kaneko (1961), Anryoku-chishi (1972), The Complete Haiku of Tohta Kaneko (1975), Two Gods (1995), etc. Works of criticism include: The Poetic Method of Form (1970), Santoka Taneda (1974), Haido-guwa (1976), Haiku-sen'nen (1999), and many others. There is an English-language collection of his work, 101 Haiku of Tohta Kaneko (2001).






Author: Tohta Kaneko
Editor: Ikuyo Yoshimura
Translators: Ban'ya Natsuishi & Eric Selland


"Opening its eyes": A Boy (1955)
"Early autumn": A Boy (1955)
"A red sun": A Boy (1955)
"Outside a brothel": A Boy (1955)
"Bankers": The Haiku of Tohta Kaneko (1961)
"Cynical": The Haiku Of Tohta Kaneko (1961)
"The river's teeth": Shrewd Boy (1975)
"It's cold": Two Gods (1995)
"Slept well": Togoku-sho (2001)
"A wolf": Togoku-sho (2001)


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