Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)—Noted Japanese poet Ōoka Makoto died of respiratory failure at a hospital in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday. He was 86.
Ōoka started his career as a poet while he was a University of Tokyo student.
He published his first poetry book in 1956, when he was working as a staff writer at the major Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun. The book won him a lot of accolades.
In 1976, he started a regular column, titled Oriori no uta (Poems for All Seasons), in the major Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, writing about Japanese classics to modern poetry.
Winning many fans, this column, which lasted until 2007, was made into a series of books.
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