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Issa History

The Timeline of Kobayashi Issa's Life

1763 : born in a farmhouse in Kashiwara, Nagano
1765 : Age 3 : Issa’s mother (Kuni) dies
1770 : Age 8 : Issa’s father remarries - Stepmother (Hatsu) moves in
1772 : Age 10: Stepbrother Senroku is born
1776 : Age 14: Issa’s grandmother (Kana) dies
1777:   Age 15: Issa moves to Edo (Tokyo) in the springtime.
It is unknown what Issa did for the next ten years, however it is thought that when Issa was around 20 years old that he was in Mabashi, Matsudo, Chiba studying under Ookawa Ryusa
1787 : Age 25: acted as a writer for leader Sogan Mizoguchi of the Katsushika group.
Studies under Kobayashi Chikua of the Katsushika group.
Issa used the name “Ikyou” during this time.
1788 : Age 26: studied under Motoyume Morita of the Katsushika group
Issa used the name "Kikumei" during this period.
1791 : Age 29: returned to Kashiwara for the first time since going to Edo (Tokyo)
1792 : Age 30: walking trip to western Japan (Kansai region)
1798 : Age 36: returned to Kashiwara from western Japan (Kansai region) and departed again for Edo (Tokyo) shortly thereafter
1801 : Age 39: Issa’s Father suffers a serious infection and dies in May
Disagreement arises with his stepmother and younger brother over inheritance distribution
1807 : Age 45: returns home for the Buddhist memorial services on the seventh anniversary of his father’s death.  Attends negotiations for the settlement of the inheritance twice this year.
1813 : Age 51: returns for the Buddhist memorial services for the 13th anniversary of his father’s death.
Reconciled with his younger brother and received half of the inheritance.
1814 : Age 52: married his first wife (Kikuko - who was 28 years old)
1816 : Age 54: Issa’s first son, Sentaro is born, but dies soon afterward
1818 : Age 56: First daughter, Sato is born, but she dies the following year.
1820 : Age 58: Second son, Ishitaro is born.  He dies the following year.
1822 : Age 60: Third son, Kinsaburo in born.  He too dies the next year.
1823 : Age 61: Issa’s first wife, Kikuko dies at age 37.
1824 : Age 62: marries Yuki, who is 38 years old but they soon divorce.
1826 : Age 64: Issa marries for the third time to Yawo.  She is 32 years old at the time.
1827 : Age 65: Issa’s home catches fire and burns down in the Kashiwara Fire.
The family temporarily moves into a storehouse that remained standing after the fire.
November 19 : Issa passes away while living in the storehouse.
  • 1763 : born in a farmhouse in Kashiwabara Nagano
  • 1765 : Age 3 : Issa’s mother (Kuni) dies
  • 1770 : Age 8 : Issa’s father remarries - Stepmother (Hatsu) moves in 
  • 1772 : Age 10: Stepbrother Senroku is born
  • 1776 : Age 14: Issa’s grandmother (Kana) dies
  • 1777:   Age 15: Issa moves to Edo (Tokyo) in the springtime.
    It is unknown what Issa did for the next ten years, however it is thought that when Issa was around 20 years old that he was in Mabashi, Matsudo, Chiba studying under Ookawa Ryusa
  • 1787 : Age 25: acted as a writer for leader Sogan Mizoguchi of the Katsushika group.
    Studies under Kobayashi Chikua of the Katsushika group. Issa used the name “Ikyou” during this time.
  • 1788 : Age 26: studied under Motoyume Morita of the Katsushika group
    Issa used the name "Kikumei" during this period.
  • 1791 : Age 29: returned to Kashiwabara for the first time since going to Edo (Tokyo)
  • 1792 : Age 30: walking trip to western Japan (Kansai region)
  • 1798 : Age 36: returned to Kashiwabara from western Japan (Kansai region) and departed again for Edo (Tokyo) shortly thereafter
  • 1801 : Age 39: Issa’s Father suffers a serious infection and dies in May Disagreement arises with his stepmother and younger brother over inheritance distribution
  • 1807 : Age 45: returns home for the Buddhist memorial services on the seventh anniversary of his father’s death. Attends negotiations for the settlement of the inheritance twice this year.
  • 1813 : Age 51: returns for the Buddhist memorial services for the 13th anniversary of his father’s death.   Reconciled with his younger brother and received half of the inheritance.
  • 1814 : Age 52: married his first wife (Kikuko - who was 28 years old)
  • 1816 : Age 54: Issa’s first son, Sentaro is born, but dies soon afterward
  • 1818 : Age 56: First daughter, Sato is born, but she dies the following year.
  • 1820 : Age 58: Second son, Ishitaro is born.  He dies the following year.
  • 1822 : Age 60: Third son, Kinsaburo in born.  He too dies the next year.
  • 1823 : Age 61: Issa’s first wife, Kikuko dies at age 37.
  • 1824 : Age 62: marries Yuki, who is 38 years old but they soon divorce.
  • 1826 : Age 64: Issa marries for the third time to Yawo.  She is 32 years old at the time.
  • 1827 : Age 65: Issa’s home catches fire and burns down in the Kashiwara Fire.  
    The family temporarily moves into a storehouse that remained standing after the fire.
    November 19 : Issa passes away while living in the storehouse.