The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho

The summary and route of “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”     Summary “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (奥の細道, Oku-no hosomichi) is a travel writing with haiku poems by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694).   Check the famous 10 haiku poems by Matsuo Basho.   He departed with the disciple Kawai Sora March 27 in 1689, traveled around Tōhoku region, and reached Ōgaki August 21. The journery finished when he visited Ise Shrine. It took more than 150 days and the walking distance was 2400km (about 1490mile).   This travel writing gets a high-reputation as the finest and perfect among Basho’s travels, and it is considered as one of Read more about The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho[…]

The meaning of the frog and old pond haiku poem by Matsuo Basho

A frog didn’t leap into a pond… The fact of the most famous haiku poem in Japan.   The most famous haiku poem of the most famous haiku poet in Japan.   古池や 蛙飛び込む 水の音   It’s a very simple poem. Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) composed it at a haiku gathering in 1686 when he was 43 years old.    If you pronounce the kanji and hiragana, it’s in the following way.   Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto   Do you know the syllable and format of haiku? Haiku’s format and rules in English and Japanese   It would be a little difficult to say correctly. The tip is to say without intonating Read more about The meaning of the frog and old pond haiku poem by Matsuo Basho[…]

Haiku’s format and rules in English and Japanese

How to do a “haiku” poem? The rules for haiku is so simple. But do you know how to write haiku poems is different between Japanese and English?  What is a “haiku”. It’s structure in Japanese and in English.     The format of Japanese  5-7-5 syllables (17 syllables in all) Must use a seasonally word(phrase), “kigo“(read below)     The strucure of haiku is basically 5-7-5, 15 syllables. It is a poem that place value on the rhythm of sound, so it is better to keep 5-7-5 as possible. It is like a samba rhythm for Brazilians. The Japanese settle down somehow by listening to this syllable.   However, as an exception, there Read more about Haiku’s format and rules in English and Japanese[…]

Kawahigashi Hekigoto’s haiku poems

Kawahigashi Hekigoto(1873-1937) Kawahigashi Hekigoto learned haiku from Masaoka Shiki with Takahama Kyoshi. Though Kyoshi respected traditional haiku, he pursued the new way and reached a free-verse haiku.   Sponsored Links         Spring                       Autumn         Sponsored Links                     Flower                  

Takahama Kyoshi’s haiku poems

Takahama Kyoshi(1874-1959) Takahama Kyoshi studied haiku under Masaoka Shiki since he was a junior high school student. He aspired an objective and realistic poetry and followed the traditional haiku expressing nature as it is.         Spring Sponsored Links       Summer                       Autumn Sponsored Links     Winter               Flower     Sponsored Links        

Yosa Buson

Yosa Buson’s haiku poems

Yosa Buson(1716-1784) Yosa Buson was a haiku poet in the Edo era and also active as a painter. Therefore, his haiku has a feature that highlights a visual image clearly.         Spring     Sponsored Links                   Sponsored Links   Autumn     Sponsored Links         Winter     Books about Yosa Buson   See larger image Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson (Paperback) “Lovers of haiku will rejoice at the arrival of this book, the first complete translation of the collected haiku of Yosa Buson…rendered into English with obvious care and devotion…Through Buson we realize what haiku is Read more about Yosa Buson’s haiku poems[…]

Kobayashi Issa’s haiku poems

Kobayashi Issa(1763-1828) Kobayashi Issa was a haiku poet in the Edo period who used dialect and spoken words for haiku. Because he was born in the farmer family, and loved to use the plain and simple words. The representative work is “”The Spring of My Life”.     Spring           Summer                     Autumn           Winter                           Flower   Books about Kobayashi Issa   See larger image Issa: Cup-Of-Tea Poems : Selected Haiku of Kobayashi Issa (Paperback) Issa: Cup-Of-Tea Poems : Selected Haiku of Read more about Kobayashi Issa’s haiku poems[…]

Masaoka Shiki and his haiku poems in English and Japanese

Masaoka Shiki(1867-1902) Masaoka Shiki put effort into poetry activities to bring about innovation in the haiku from the Edo period. In the seven years of his later years, he kept making haiku while suffering from tuberculosis.       In 1867, Masaoka Shiki was born in Iyo Province (today’s Ehime Prefecture). He was a son of the lower-class samurai who died 40 years old in 1872. With the support of his mother, he entered the Iyo clan school Jobankai. He began to learn haiku when he was 18. But Shiki got the illness which he suffered from ever since. Tuberculosis was fatal disease at that time and 21 years young haiku poet vomited Read more about Masaoka Shiki and his haiku poems in English and Japanese[…]

The examples of haiku poems about flowers

Flower haiku poems by Japanese haiku poet In haiku, flowers are often used as words expressing the season (kigo). Also, the impression given by each flower makes it possible to have a clear image in poems. Sponsored Links                                                         Sponsored Links                                                       Books      See larger image Living Poetry: Flower Essence Haikus (Kindle Edition) The properties Read more about The examples of haiku poems about flowers[…]

Haiku poems about Christmas by Japanese famous poets

The examples of Christmas haiku with 5-7-5 style  There are not so many Christians in Japan, but Christmas had been celebrated since the beginning of the 20th century. People did not have enough economic power to enjoy the event grandly decades before, so the classic haiku poems about Christmas in Japan were modest. Sponsored Links                                             Sponsored Links                                                 See also  The winter haiku poem examples by Japanese famous Read more about Haiku poems about Christmas by Japanese famous poets[…]