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He is quite misanthropic, and so dislikes going to places with lots of people. However, he also hates being lonely, making his personality somewhat annoying. He has high standards towards poetry and is constantly pursuing them all on his own. Apart from poetry, though, he is quite unconcerned towards everything else which is why he always has bedhead, or has his obi tied with a crooked bow or wears his shoes on the wrong feet. He has terrible coordination and is prone to tripping on air.


  • He is considered as the most influential father figure of modern Japanese poetry. 
  • His original aspirations was to become a musician; after failing Japanese-language courses in Tokyo, Hagiwara primarily lived on his father's financial resources while taking guitar and mandolin classes. He later founded a mandolin orchestra in his hometown, Maebashi. His lifestyle was criticised by his childhood acquiantaces, and many of his early poems included harsh remarks about these criticisms. 
  • His poems are infused with a musical qualities; this stemmed from his early exposure to music and literary arts: he played the harmonica and other instruments at the age of eight, and was writing waka by the age of fifteen. 
  • His father's occupation as a doctor influenced Hagiwara's fascination with disease. One such example can be found in his poem, "The World of Bacteria". 
  • His literary career began in 1913, after publishing five verses in Zamboa, a prestigious Tokyo magazine edited by Kitahara Hakushuu
  • While he was most productive and inspired in the years 1913-15, it coincided with a period of self-diagnosed "nervous system disease". This "disease" caused him great pain and produced nightmarish visions and hallucinations.
  • Hagiwara Sakutarou, Muroo Saisei , and Yamamura Bochou established the "Merman Poetry Group", dedicated to studying music, poetry, and religion. Their literary magazine, published in 1915, was titled "Tabletop Fountain".
  • Muroo and Hagiwara further co-founded the literary magazine, "Sentiment", centred on the new style of modern Japanese poetry in which Hagiwara was developing. 
  • "Howling at the Moon" is considered the first successful book in colloquial free verse; he established a new style of poetry that incorporated free verse, colloquial language, and onomatopoeia. It is preluded by an introduction by Kitahara. 
  • He, along with Miyoshi Tatsuji , founded a critical journal, "Poetry and Poetic Theory" in 1928. 
  • His poems are often dark, containing elements of morbid fantasy, fin-de-siècle decadence, and juxtapositions of everyday things and natural processes. His poems often strayed away from their topical subject matter, instead alluding to indeterminate symbolism. 
  • One of his original poetic device is the repitition of the infinitive form of a verb; this is exhibited in poems such as "Bamboo". 
  • His influence was prevalent amongst contemporaries; Miyoshi's poem, "Hagiwara Sakutaro Sensei" expresses his debt to Hagiwara; other authors who were inspired by his works include Ito Sei and Nishiwaki Junzaburoo
  • He died at age 56 due to pneumonia.