Thursday, May 24, 2007
1809, age 47, Issa lived in Edo.
This is the first attempt of musical haiku with sounds and pictures.
The music is played by Issui Mimegishi with monochord Koto that is
the oldest koto, accompanying traditional poem, Japanese waka.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
the peaks of clouds
behind one blade of grass
kumo no mine kusa ippon ni kakure keri
by Issa, 1812
An interesting experiment with perspective.
In hot summer day, Issa was on journey.
He felled down into thicket
After a little sleep, he awaked and sees summer sky.
Friday, May 11, 2007
deep in the thicket
an offering box...
yabu shiri no saisen hako ya ume no hana
by Issa, 1819, 57 years old, live in home Village.
The place is road side. A little Temple in which there is Buddha statue.
Issa offer and play for his daughter who was born on May of last year.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
a blue hanging bell
suzushisa ya aoi tsuri-gane akai hana
by Issa, 1825
Hanging bell is in Temple.
Suppose red blossom were ladies, the blue bell should be young man.
Temple plus young man come to young priest, whose head is shaved,
blue and cool.
Monday, May 07, 2007
in autumn wind
gone belly up...
aki kaze ya hara no ue naru kirigirisu
by Issa, 1810 Age 48
Why Katydid is sitting on the belly.
Isn’t it natural that he is sitting on grass?
Autumn is severe season for the insect, because he has neither food nor hall
for surviving over winter.
If kaｔydid was Issa, who has neither house nor food ,stable income.
He is depending on sponsor’s support.
That means the belly. so to say, he depend on sponsor’s favors.
Life and death are
according to Master’s feeling.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
60 years old.
Who is hermit mum?
It is Kiku, his wife who has lost three babies.
1821 First Month, Ishitarô
1819 Sixth Month, Sato dies of smallpox.
1816 Fifth Month, Sentaro dies.
tada utumuite Kiku kusa musiri
merely looking down
Kiku plucks grass