Oyama Sumita (1899-1994) was born in Okayama Prefecture. He practiced haiku and Zen for over 60 years. He was a prolific writer, publishing many books on the haiku poet Santoka. Oyama was a good friend and benefactor of Santoka, and studied ＂free＂ haiku under the poet Ogiwara Seisensui.William Scott Wilson has published 20 books that have been translated into 21 foreign languages. His first book, a translation of Hagakure, was featured in the film Ghost Dog by director Jim Jarmusch. He was awarded a Commendation from the Foreign Ministry of Japan in 2005 and inducted into the Order of the Rising sun in 2015. Wilson lives in Florida.