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The Shiki kaishi (子規会誌) is the official journal of the Matsuyama Shiki Society (松山子規会) whose members study and promote the work of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), a major figure in the development of the modern haiku and Japanese literature more broadly. Born in 1867 as the son of a samurai in the Matsuyama Domain, Shiki moved to Tokyo to study at the age of 16 and began a career writing for the newspaper Nihon in 1892. He died ten years later, on September 19, 1902 after a long struggle with tuberculosis, and having written almost 24,000 haiku as well as many volumes of 31-syllable tanka poems, novels, prose sketches, diaries, and criticism. The Matsuyama Shiki Society was founded in 1943 by Shiki’s contemporary Yanagihara Kyokudō and meets on the 19th of every month to share research conducted by its members. The Shiki kaishi has been published continuously on a quarterly basis since April, 1979, and contains hundreds of articles on Shiki and his circle, including such figures as Natsume Sōseki, Takahama Kyoshi, Kawahigashi Hekigotō, and Naitō Meisetsu. The journal also features reviews of books on Shiki and bibliographies of Shiki scholarship. With the permission of the Society’s membership, Boston University makes its contents available and searchable for issues 1-161.




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