Thursday, April 06, 2006
Teacher Tikua Kobayashi
tsuka no hana ni nukazuke ya kokyô natsukashi ya
amid his grave's
blossoms I bow...
kobayasi sensei namu ami dabutu
praising Amida Buddha
This haiku has the prescript, "Praying at my dead master's monument." The editors of Issa zenshû explain that Issa was visiting the tombstone of his haiku teacher Chikua (who died five years earlier, in 1790). The whereabouts of Chikua's grave is unknown; (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 5.62, note 96.