Nobuyuki Yuasa retired as professor of English at Hiroshima University in 1995, since then he has been teaching at Baiko Women's University in Shimonoseki. He is an eminent translator of haiku poetry and literature. Amongst his many publications are the Penguin Classic Basho travel sketch anthology, Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches, as well as two works on Issa and one on Ryokan. He is also a specialist in English literature and recently won the Translators' Association of Japan Prize for his work on John Donne.

haijinx I:1 (spring 2001)

article: "Laughter in Japanese Haiku"

Professor Yuasa's essay and biography were reprinted from Rediscovering Basho - A 300th Anniversary Celebration, Stephen Henry Gill & C. Andrew Gerstle ed., Global Oriental, 1999, ISBN 1-901903-15-X).

We are grateful to Professor Yuasa and to the publisher, Global Books Ltd., for their very kind permission to reprint the essay. Paul Norbury at Global Books was particularly helpful to us.

This is but one part of a collection of essays detailing Basho's effects on haiku today. We hope that you will consider purchasing this book for your own library.

the links below were all live through 2003. some have been disabled in this archive
as haijinx did not migrate to print. the about link goes to the current site.

here about haijinx | subscribe to haijinx | submit your work | haijinx products

now john crook award 2002 results | haijinx weekly wire | editor's blog | status

then I:1 | I:2 | memorial | II:1 | contributor index

there | | other links

Originally Published: 2001-2003
Revised Archive: March, 2010

Copyright © 2001-2010 Mark Brooks (haijinx). All rights reserved.

The copyrights of individual poems, articles, translations, and images belong to their individual authors. The editors do not necessarily endorse the opinions of authors, nor do they assume responsibility for factual errors, infringements of copyrights, or omissions in acknowledgements.

Comments or Questions? info-at-haijinx-dot-org