The Kakimori Collection (description and partial list)
The Kakimori Collection includes about 3500 books primarily of haiku, in addition to around 7500 original scrolls, cards, and other documents. It is considered one of Japan’s three greatest collections of haikai (seventeen-syllable works) alongside the Shachiku-Chikurei Bunko collection at the University of Tokyo Library and the Wataya Bunko collection at the Tenri Central Library.
The Kakimori Collection was assembled as by Professor Rihei Okada to serve as an academic research collection, and gives visitors a glimpse at five hundred years of Japanese haiku studies beginning with the linked haikai-renga verses of Yamazaki Sokan in the middle ages and continuing on through early modern poets like Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa before culminating in Masaoka Shiki, Kawahigashi Hekigoto, Nakamura Kusatao, and Katsura Nobuko in the modern age. There are also numerous works in the collection from men of letters who visited Itami, such as Rai Sanyo and Ihara Saikaku. Below are listed some of the highlights of the collection.
Kobayashi Issa. Garokuju. Jigasan
Ueshima Onitsura. Nyoppori to. Ku-ichigyomono
Matsuo Basho. Furuikeya. Ku-tanzaku
Kito Kakyo. Buson-ga Kankodori-zu
Yosa Buson. Haisen Gunkai-zu
Morikawa Kyoriku. Basho Angya-zo
Matsuo Basho. Hana no kumo. Kusenmen
Ihara Saikaku. Jigasan Junikagetsu Cho
Nishiyama Soin (tanka) and Ihara Saikaku (painting). Hanami Saigyo Ensoku-zu
Hinaya Ryuho. Kyusoku Kasen-zu