Japanese poet and author who is known for such free-verse haikus as "For All My Walking" and "Grass and Tree Cairn."
When Santoka was eleven years old, his mother killed herself.
He became a Zen priest in his early forties.
He had an arranged marriage with Sato Sakino. Prior to their divorce, he and Sakino became parents to a son.
He and Kobayashi Issa were both Japanese haiku poets.