Nozawa Bonchō (野沢 凡兆, 1640–1714) was a Japanese haikai poet. He was born in Kanazawa, and spent most of his life in Kyoto working as a doctor. Bonchō was one of Matsuo Bashō's leading disciples and, together with Kyorai, he edited the Bashō school's Monkey's Raincoat (Sarumino) anthology of 1689. He participated in numerous renku with Bashō and other members of his Shōmon school.
A famous hokku by Bonchō:
市中は物のにほひや夏の月 Machinaka ha / mono no nioi ya / natsu no tsuki
the smells of things…
(trans. Sean Price)
- The Haiku and Poems of Nozawa Bonchō
- Downtown at the Wayback Machine (archived January 20, 2008), a 1691 renku (collaborative linked poem), by Bonchō, Bashō and Kyorai, translated by Sean Price
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