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🔷 Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694), born, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.
🔷 During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku).
🔷 Matsuo Bashō's poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites.
🔷 Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku.
🔷 He is quoted as saying, "Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I can. Where I show who I really am is in linking haikai verses."
🔲 The picture shows the Chain Bridge.
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