in Saitama prefecture, Japan, in 1919. Graduated from Imperial
Tokyo University with a major in Economics. Began writing haiku
at the age of 18, becoming a member of the Seisoken group.
Later studied haiku under Shuson Kato. Went to work for the Bank
of Japan. Served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed
on the island of Truk, returning to Japan in 1946. As one of
the leaders, he promoted Avant-garde haiku in post-war Japan.
In 1962 founded the haiku magazine Kaitei. From 1983 to
2000, served as President of the Modrn Haiku Association. In
1956 the Modern Haiku Association Prize, in 1989 Shiju-hoso Medal,
in 1996 Poetry Museum Prize, in 1997 NHK Media Culuture Prize.
Now he is an Editor of the haiku column in the Asahi Newspaper,
Honorary President of the Modern Haiku Association. With his
family residing in Kumagaya, Japan.
haiku collections include: A Boy (1955), The Haiku
of Tohta Kaneko (1961), Anryoku-chishi (1972), The
Complete Haiku of Tohta Kaneko (1975), Two Gods (1995),
etc. Works of criticism include: The Poetic Method of Form
(1970), Santoka Taneda (1974), Haido-guwa (1976),
Haiku-sen'nen (1999), and many others. There is an English-language
collection of his work, 101 Haiku of Tohta Kaneko (2001).