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Kitahara Hakushu

Kitahara Hakushu

Kitahara Hakushu who was born to an old family running a seafood wholesale store, a purveyor to the Yanagawa domain for generations,lived in the Periods of Meiji, Taisho and Showa, leaving his great footmarks on Japan's modern literature as a poet. When he was sixteen, his house was burned down by a big fire. It is said that Hakushu, being in deep grief, was absorbed in writing poems and lyrics. As early as university days, he was known to poetical circles. And he said,"Yanagawa, the city of water, is the mother of my poems and lyrics." He kept loving Yanagawa until he died at the age of fifty-seven, and left a large number of fine poems. He was born and brought up in Okinohata, Yanagawa. And he loved his hometown so much that a lot of scenes of Yanagawa can be seen in his writings such as "Omoide (Memories)" and "Mizu-no-kohzu (The Composition of Water)".

Hakushu's Poems(Kikyorai)

Hakushu's Poems(Kikyorai)

This is the very last poem that Hakushu wrote in 1941 (Showa 16). Thanks to the voluntary subscriptions collected from the whole nation, this monument was erected in 1948 (Showa 23) at the Hakushu Poem Memorial Garden adjoining to his alma mater Yadomi Elementary School. At that time a few trees that had some connection with him were also planted.

Kitahara Hakushu's Parents' Home and Museum

Kitahara Hakushu's Parents' Home and Museum

Hakushu, who was called "a magician of words", brought "Jashumon" and "Omoide (Memories)" into the world. And the latter became the object of public admiration. Besides these poems, he created a variety of lyrics of children's songs such as "Karatachi-no-hana"," Pechika", "Amefuri" and "Konomichi".

Kitahara Hakushu's Parents' Home and Museum(display)

Kitahara Hakushu's Parents' Home and Museum(display)

At the Kitahara Hakushu Museum you will find his writings and articles reminiscent of the late Hakushu while in life.

Hakushu's Writings

Hakushu, who was called "a magician of words", brought "Jashumon" and "Omoide (Memories)" into the world. And the latter became the object of public admiration. Besides these poems, he created a variety of lyrics of children's songs such as "Karatachi-no-hana"," Pechika", "Amefuri" and "Konomichi".

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