Buson’s “phantom desk” has been found

February 19, 2009

Posted by Nick Sarno


20090207p2a00m0na013000p_size5A desk once owned by haiku poet Buson Yosa (1716-1783) has been found in a storehouse belonging to the estate of Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972). The picture shows the underside of the desk which notes, in Buson’s handwriting, that it was made when he was 67 years old from the wood of a paulownia tree that had stood in the yard of a house in Sagano, Kyoto. 

This is the second of his desks. The other is held as the Konpukuji Temple in Kyoto. Read the full story here

And go here for a discussion on the many translations of one of his most famous poems:

    Butterfly                                                                                                                                                                                                sleeping                                                                                                                                                                                                    on the temple bell

And go to your local independent bookstore to find a copy of Kawabata’s amazing Thousand Cranes. It will be worth the hunt.


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