Famous Japanese/Chinese Person Essay
Akiko Yosano, also known as Ho Sho, was a Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer. She was born on December 7, 1878 in Sakai and died on May 29, 1942 at the age of 63, she is one of the most famous post-classical woman poets of Japan, and she founded a coeducational school, the Bunka Gakuin.
To begin, Akiko Yosano was born in Sakai, near Osaka. At the age of eleven, she was the one most responsible for running the family business which produced and sold yokan. As a young child, she was very fond of literary works and read widely in her fathers' extensive library. In high school, she began subscribing to Myojo (Bright Star) poetry magazine. The magazine's editor, Yosano Tekkan, taught her tanka poetry. They first met when he came to Sakai to deliver lectures and teach workshops. In 1901, Tekkan left his common-law wife and married Akiko. The two poets started a life together in Tokyo.
Later that same year Akiko released her first volume of tanka, Midaregami (Tangled Hair), which contained 400 poems. This first book overshadows everything else she wrote and it brought a passionate individualism to traditional tanka poetry which she followed with twenty more over the course of her career. Her husband soon realized her abilities were far greater than his and decided to concentrate on helping her as opposed to himself. During the height of the Russo-Japanese War, she wrote a poem, addressing her brother, which was tremendously popular and was even made into a song. It was used a form of anti-war protest. During the Taisho period, Akiko focused her attention on social commentary with Hito obyobi Onna...