Hiroaki Sato

Hiroaki Sato, 2008
Photo by Nancy Sato

Hiroaki Sato (born Satō Hiroaki 佐藤紘彰, March 21, 1942, Taipei, Taiwan, then part of Japan), studied English at Doshisha University, Kyoto, 1961–1968, and was employed by a Japanese trading office in New York from 1969 to 2013. He is a translator of Japanese haiku, poetry, and stories; a columnist for Japanese papers including The Japan Times; a reviewer for a variety of dailies and magazines, academic and nonacademic; and writer. He won the 1982 PEN translation prize for From the Country of Eight Islands (with Burton Watson); received the Japan–United States Friendship Commission for the Japanese Literary Translation Prize twice: in 1999 for Breeze Through Bamboo: Kanshi of Ema Saikō, and in 2018 for The Silver Spoon: Memoirs of a Boyhood in Japan; and tied for Best Prose in the 2019 Haiku Society of America (HSA) Merit Book Awards for his essay collection On Haiku. Among his other books chiefly about haiku are One Hundred Frogs (1983), Eigo Haiku (Haiku in English; 1987; in Japanese), Right Under the Big Sky, I Don’t Wear a Hat: The Haiku and Prose of Hōsai Ozaki, 1993), Bashō’s Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages (1996), Santoka: Grass and Tree Cairn (2002), Erotic Haiku (2004), Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology (2008). Sato served three terms as HSA president, 1979–1981. He has lived in New York City since 1968.


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Updated on March 12, 2024