Renowned and controversial Japanese poet, writer, feminist, and pacifist who wrote between 20,000 and 50,000 poems. She is perhaps best known for an anti-war poem entitled "Kimi Shinitamou koto nakare" and published during the Russo-Japanese War.
She ran her merchant family's yokan (candy) business beginning at the young age of eleven.
Her birth name was Sho Ho; Akiko Yosano was her pen name.
She married literary editor Tekkan Yosano in 1901. She subsequently gave birth to thirteen children.
She was a literary contemporary of fellow Japanese author Eji Yoshikawa.