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Ochiai Naobumi

(1861-1903). Tanka poet and scholar of Japanese literature. Pen name Haginoya. Born in Rikuzen Province (now Miyagi Prefecture). He founded Asakasha, a coterie of tanka poets, in 1893; devoted himself to the renovation of the traditional waka style; and encouraged modern tanka poets, including Tosano Tekkan and Onoe Saishū. His works include Shinsen katen (1891), a textbook of tanka poetry, and Haginoya Ikō (1904), a collection of essays and tanka poetry. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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