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Ban'ya Natsuishi

Ban'ya Natsuishi

Born: July 03 1955 in Aioi Hyogo, Japan
Resides: Fujimi, Saitama, Japan
E-mail: haikubanya (at) mub (dot) biglobe (dot) ne (dot) jp

Ban'ya Natsuishi, which is the penname of Masayuki Inui, was born in Aioi City, Hyôgo Prefecture, Japan in 1955. He studied at Tokyo University where he received a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature and Culture in 1981. In 1992 he was appointed Professor at Meiji University where he continues to teach. In 1993 he gave lectures at Jilin University in China. He was invited to haiku meeting in 1994 in Germany, and in 1995 in Italy. From 1996 to 1998, he was a guest research fellow at Paris 7th University. In 1997 he held the “Contemporary Haiku” event in Provence. In 1998, with Sayumi Kamakura, he founded the international haiku quarterly Ginyu, and became its Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. In 2000, after attendance at the Global Haiku Festival in the United States, he co-founded the World Haiku Association, in Slovenia. He currently works as that association’s Director. In 2001 he attended the Vilenica Poetry Festival in Slovenia; in 2003 the Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia; and in the same year worked as the Chairman of The Steering Committee for the 2nd World Haiku Association Conference which was held in Japan. In 2004 he was invited to Poetry at Porto Santo in Portugal. In 2005 he attended the 3rd World Haiku Association Conference in Bulgaria, the 3rd Wellington International Poetry Festival, and presided international haiku session of Euro-Japan Poetry Festival in Tokyo. In 2006 he was invited to Poetry Spring in Vilnius of Lithuania and the Ohrid P.E.N. Conference in Macedonia. In 2007 he visited Inner Mongolia and promoted haiku writing there and held the 4th World Haiku Association Conference in Tokyo as its Chair. In 2008, after attendance at poetry festivals in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Italy, he held the Tokyo Poetry Festival 2008 as its Director. In 2009 after attendance at the Lahti International Writers’ Reunion 2009 in Finland, he co-organized the Druskininkai Poetic Fall and the 5th World Haiku Association 2009 in Lithuania (with Kornelius Platelis).

Awards and Other Honors: Among his awards are: in 1980, he was recommended as Poet of the Year by Haiku-hyôron; in 1981, he won First Prize in a competition sponsored by haiku monthly Haiku-kenkyû; in 1984, the Shii-no-ki Prize; in 1991, the Modern Haiku Association Prize; in 2002, the Hekigodô Kawahigashi Prize of the 21st Century Ehime Haiku Prize; and in 2008, the AZsacra International Poetry Award for Taj Mahal Review.

Books Published: Main Japanese publications: Ryôjô-ki (Seichi-sha, 1983); Poetics of Haiku (Seichi-sha, 1983); Métropolitique (Bokuyô-sha, 1985); Shinkû-ritsu (Shichô-sha, 1986); Dictionary of Keywords for Contemporary Haiku (Rippu-shobô, 1990); The Fugue of Gods (Kôeidô-shoten, 1990); Opera in the Human Body (Shoshi-yamada, 1990); Waves of Joy (Shoshi-yamada, 1992); Poetic Spirit of Genius (Yûshorin, 1993); The Science of Megaliths and Big Trees (Shoshi-yamada, 1995); Haiku: A Century’s Quest (Kôdansha, 1995, edited); Contemporary Haiku Manual (Rippu-shobô, 1996); Haiku Is Our Friend (Kyôiku-shuppan, 1997); Earth Pilgrimage (Rippu-shobô, 1998); Haiku Troubadours 2000 (Ginyu Press, 2000, edited); Collected Haiku Poems by Ban’ya Natsuishi: Crossing Border (Chûseki-sha, 2001); Chibimaruko-chan’s Haiku Class Room (Shûei-sha, 2002, edited); A Guide to World Haiku (Chûseki-sha, 2003); World Haiku 2005: No. 1 (Nishida-shoten, 2004, edited); World Haiku 2006: No. 2 (Shichigatsudo, 2005, edited); Right Eye in Twilight (Chûseki-sha, Japan, 2006); World Haiku 2007: No. 3 (Shichigatsudo, 2007, edited); Renku: A través do ar / Through the Air / A travers l’air (Shichigatsudo, 2007 [co-authored with Casimiro de Brito]); Tenbô Gendai no Shiika Vol. 10 (Meiji-shoin, 2007, co-authored); World Haiku 2008: No. 4 (Shichigatsudo, 2008, edited); Flying Pope: 161 Haiku (Koorosha, 2008); World Haiku 2009: No. 5 (Shichigatsudo, 2009, edited); Nichiyôbi no Zuisô 2008 (Nihon-keizai-shinbun-shuppansha, 2009, co-authored); Labyrinth of Vilnius (Shichigatsudo, 2009.      Overseas publications: Haiku: antichi e moderni (Garzanti Editore, Italy, 1996, co-authored); A Future Waterfall: 100 Haiku from the Japanese (Red Moon Press, USA, 1999 & 2004); Romanje po Zemlji (Društvo Apokalipsa, Slovenia, 2000); Цветята на Вятьра (Matom, Bulgaria, 2001); Poesia Sempre NÚMERO 17 (Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil, 2002, co-authored); Haiku: Poetry Ancient and Modern (MQP, UK, 2002, co-authored); Haiku: the leaves are back on the tree (Greece, 2002, co-authored); Ombres et Lumières (LCR, Bulgaria, 2003, co-authored); Haiku: Poésie anciennes et Modernes (Édition Vega, France, 2003, co-authored); Странный Ветер (Иностранка, Russia, 2003, co-authored); The Road: world haiku (Ango Boy, Bulgaria, 2004, co-authored); Ribnik tišine: slovenska haiku antologija (Društvo Apokalipsa, Slovenia, 2005, co-authored); L’Anthologie du Poème Bref (Les Dossiers d’Aquitaine, France, 2005, co-authored); Right Eye in Twilight (Wasteland Press, USA, 2006); ÎMBRĂŢIŞAREA PLANETELOR [THE EMBRACE OF PLANETS] (Edidura Făt-Frumos, Romania, 2006); Endless Helix: Haiku and Short Poems (, India, 2007 and 2009); Le bleu du martin pêcheur: Haïkus (L'iroli, Beauvais, France, 2007, co-authored); Madarak / Birds/ 鳥: 50 Haiku (Balassi Kiadó, Hungary, 2007); Pellegrinaggio terrestre / Earth Pilgrimage / 地球巡礼 (Albalibri Editore, Italy, 2007); Flying Pope: 127 Haiku / 空飛ぶ法王 127俳句 (, India, 2008); Balsis no mākoņiem /Voices from the Clouds /雲から声, (Minerva, Latvia, 2008); MUNDUS poesie per un'etica del rifiuto (Valtrend Editore Napoli, Italy, 2008, co-authored); KONCENTRIČNI KRUGOVI, PUNTA (Niš, Serbia, 2009, tr. by Dragan J. Ristić).

Selected Work
The word "Hiroshima”
is it heavier
than a butterfly?
Armed with
four thousand years the mehnir
listens to birds
For three hundred years
blue black blue black
New York
Over letters
from north, south, east and west
a white tiger is dancing
Glacier passed away
war passed away
pears in full bloom
A snake traverses
a road, a human heart
and a song

Credits: "The word "Hiroshima” - Natsuishi, Endless Helix (2007); "For three hundred years" - Natsuishi, Future Waterfall #99; Frogpond 24:1 (2001); "Glacier passed away" – [credits to be provided soon]; "Armed with" - Savina, Haiku International Anthology; "Over letters" – "A snake traverses" - Natsuishi, Right Eye in Twilight (2005); Modern Haiku 37:3 (2006).

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