Saturday, December 31, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
hototogisu hae musi mera mo yottuku kike
oh flies and worms
Issa compare cuckoo to a Samurai, named Tametomo who was a strong man with
bow and sward. In battle field he cried “listen well, Yah and Yah”
to his enemies. In this haiku cuckoo becomes strong ruler and
flies and worm are weak subjects.
if not listen
bow and sward are usable
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
yamadera ya sosi no yurusi no neko no koi
with the Founder’s blessing
The Founder is the Saint, Shinran.
The rule which says that a priest does not get married was broken and he got married those days.
He has proved personally that ordinary people were saved by the Buddha.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
no nashi wa tsumi mo mata nashi fuyugomori
no good deeds
but also no sins…
The man who is low ability and less activity does not
good things as well as bad things.
In winter seclusion all living things become inactive.
Neither murder nor theft nor a quarrel occurs.
great uproar will be again.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
onozukara zu sagaru nari ume no hana
the head bows…
There is the third existence in this haiku who is Buddha.
Issa bows and pray Buddha through the divine blossoms.
Friday, November 18, 2005
ushi mou mou mou to kiri kara detari keri
moo, moo, moo
from the mist cows
the haiku is so simple that seems to be describing only
But I think that, the mist is bewilderment of human being, and
cow is Issa himself or ourselves who move like cows slowly,
it means to be not clever.
Betrayed men can get enlightenment naturally, like as in this haiku
the cows emerge from the mist.
"To be as it be”
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
tonikaku mo anata makase no tosi no kure
come what may
trusting in the Buddha…
the year ends
The death of his wife and 4 children, divorce, inherit struggle,
painful life in Edo, early die of his mother, separation of dearest
grand mother and farther, etc…
Many tragedies have attacked him, but potentially he was keeping
a light heart.
Why he could do it?
He trusted in the Buddha.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
tarai kara tarai ni uturu chinpunkan
from tub to tub…
This is said to be Issa’s last haiku.
[chinpunkan] is curious word. It means
[not understandable ] or [don’t know]
The first tub is a tub for baby that means birth.
The second tub is used for wash the body of the dead.
There is our whole life between two tubs.
He may wished to say
his whole life is not well understandable.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
kogoto iu aite mo araba kyo no tuki
if only my nagging
companion were here…
Issa lost the dearest wife Kiku, here he said that she was my
nagging companion, but he used a term of nagging companion
as loving her.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
tuyu no yo ha tuyu no nagara sari nagara
is dewdrop world
At this time, Issa has lost two his children.
The first son died after 27 days of his birth. The first daughter, Sato,
died after a year and a month of her birth.
Issa prefaced only “Grieving “ at his haiku.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
On 04th November I visited Tone-mati where once
Issa frequently visited for haiku meeting.
The town is along the Tone River.
There are many monument of Issa in the town.
One of them is Haiku memorial stone that stand
at the gate of the Temple Raiken-Ji that was authorized to paint Red Color at gate.
Red color painted on gate was monopolized by the Great Tycoon.
Issa’s haiku at the red gate.
akamon ya omezu okusezu hototogisu
the red gate---
not being nervous and afraid
After seeing the Issa’s haiku stone, I went up to the altar that is higer than the red gate.
I could look over wider view from the place.
akino yuhi akamon koete tone nagamu
over the Red gate
watching Tone river
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
hototogisu kataku no hito wo warauran
laughing at the man
in the burning house?
In this haiku, Issa was cuckoo and himself who
watch the man in the burning house who has lived
with all his effort.
The man lives with out knowing his future’s death
and desires all happiness on the earth.
Such a man is called “a man in burning house”
The man, Issa and cuckoo, they are all same to be die.
So only praying Amida can help them forever.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
kumo wo haku kuti tuki shitari hikigaeru
pucker his mouth
to blow cloud
Last night we have stayed in the hotel on the mountain Tukuba.
that is famous as old battle field.
As well as it is famous as topical cream that applied to wound
occurred in battle field.
The cream had been called “Toad cream” just like “Tiger Balm” in Singapore.
Visiting here, Issa made this Toad haiku on the mountain Tukuba.
Summery of NHK tour visiting Issa.
It has extended my experience on Haiku making.
And I could have confidence in my way of feeling Issa’s image.
Friday, November 04, 2005
tiru otiba tosei nenbutu touri yuku
gamblers and pilgrims
the haiku made at Shimofusa-cho near Tone-river.
Discovery of Common points of Issa visited Town.
1 big river side
2 once ferry boat station
3 connecting to main road
4 town office and temple exist
Today we have visited three Towns provided upper 4 elements
They are Shimofusa-chou
If you wish to find Issa’s visiting town, you should search above 4points in common.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Character of the tour
(1) tour organizer
N H K ‘s (Nippon Broad-casting Association)
Culture school, haiku section.
Haiku excise and Ku-kai =haiku meeting
(3) Member, 26
N H K student 20 plus temporary participant 1 (it’s me) total 21
Haiku teacher and assistant 2
Nokogiri-yama (Saw mountain),
Nihon-ji (Japanese Temple)
There are 1553 stone Buddha and the highest Buddha 31 meters.
Hard training Day.
In day time we had to walk broad and up, down Temple by foot.
All members average age is 74 years old, so it was hard work.
In night we had two hours haiku excise by teacher of NHK Culuture School.
Then haiga and haiku were born as the above.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
on 3, 4, 5,of November.
where young Issa had been to.
Characteristic of Issa visiting course
(1) Along big river side
At his era all transportation has depended upon river.
People and Load were carried by big river.
So many manufactures and markets were gathered at
near the river.
In this case, they are Tone, Edo River and Futtsu by sea.
(2) Core, sponsors.
At main point there were cores that were Issa’s sponsors,
who has helped to stay him and to supply rewards.
They had become haiku playing cores that acted as the center
where Haiku lovers gathered
(3) Active area was within 50 kilo-meters centering at Edo (Tokyo)
There was main route that was called Mito- kaidou.
Mito was 150 kilos far from Edo where Great Tycoon lived.
And satellite city to defense the northern enemy.
Sakuo starting Haiku
aki no hi ya itsusa to desi no matu mati he
visiting the towns
Issa and his friends waiting me