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Kenkabō Inoue
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Inoue Kenkabō
Born (1870-07-01)July 1, 1870
Hagi, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died September 26, 1934(1934-09-26) (aged 64)
Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
Occupation writer and journalist
Genres poetry. essays

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Inoue.

Kenkabō Inoue (井上剣花坊 Inoue Kenkabō?, July 1, 1870 – September 26, 1934) was the pen-name of a journalist and writer of senryū (short, humorous verse) in late Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa period Japan. His real name was Inoue Koichi.

Early life

Kenkabō was born in Hagi city, Yamaguchi prefecture, as the son of an ex-samurai of the Chōshū domain. He was largely self-educated.

After working part time as an elementary school teacher and a reporter for a local newspaper, he moved to Tokyo in 1900 and began writing the arts column for the literary magazine, Myogi. Three years later, he joined the Nihon Shimbun newspaper as a reporter. Using the pen name, "Kenkabō", he began a column called Shindai yanagidaru, which advocated a new style of senryū poetry.

Literary career

In 1905, Kenkabō founded a poetry group called Ryusonji Senryū Kai, which brought out its own short-lived literary magazine called Senryū. After retiring from working as an employee of the Nihon Shimbun newspaper, Kenkabō continued to manage the senryū columns of the Kokumin Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun newspapers and later resurrected Senryū in 1912, renaming it Taishō Senryū, to mark the beginning of the new Taishō period.

With the arrival of the Shōwa period in 1926, he again changed the name of the magazine, this time to Senryūjin.

He also wrote the essays, Proletariat Literature and Bourgeois Literature, and Senryū ōdō ron ("Royal Way of Senryū"), and contributed pieces to the magazines, Nihon oyobi Nihonjin (Japan and the Japanese) and Kaizō ("Reconstruction").

Kenkabō's senryū are characterized by their grandeur and generosity. Kenkabō had disciples all around Japan, including Kawakami Santaro, Murata Shugyo and "Kijiro" (novelist Yoshikawa Eiji's senryū pen name). His works include Shin senryū rokusen ku ("Six Thousand New Senryū"), Senryū o tsukuru hito ni ("For Senryū Poets") and Ko senryū shinzui ("The Essence of Classical Senryū").

While staying at the temple of Kencho-ji in Kamakura, he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage on September 8, 1934. He died three days later, and his grave is at that temple.

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