“Kazuo Sato, the former director of International Division at the Museum of Haiku Literature, and former executive director of Haiku International Association, passed away from cancer on 20 February, 2005, aged 78. As is widely known, he did his best to promote the international exchange of haiku and haiku culture, fostering friendship with foreign haiku poets.
Kazuo Sato was born in Tokyo in 1927, was Emeritus Professor at Waseda University and the author of many books and essays in the fields of comparative literature and haiku. He was adviser to the Association of Haiku Poets and the Haiku International Association in Japan, and received the Minister of Education’s Prize in 1992 for his book Haiku Across the Sea, a Special Award from the Haiku Society of America in 1998, and the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Prize (EIJS Special Prize) in 2000.”
—Haiku International Association
Our Book of the Week, And the Cat Too, is unfortunately the only copy of a publication of Kazuo Sato that THF’s digital library possesses. Containing English translation by Jack Stamm, and complete with water stains, it is a rarity, hearkening back to another day, when haiku poets often published their works in their own hand.
Days getting shorterSunny spots disappear. . . and the cat too.
You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission