Thursday, May 24, 2007

"070524 accusing the pine" on Google Video

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

cloud peaks

David’s English
the peaks of clouds
behind one blade of grass

kumo no mine kusa ippon ni kakure keri

by Issa, 1812

David’s comment
An interesting experiment with perspective.

sakuo’s image
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

offering box

David’s English
deep in the thicket
an offering box...
plum blossoms

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

blue hanging bell

David’s English
a blue hanging bell
red blossoms

suzushisa ya aoi tsuri-gane akai hana

by Issa, 1825

Additional image
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

according to Master's feeling

David’s English
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.

sakuo renku

Life and death are
according to Master’s feeling.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

a hermit mum

by Issa, 1821
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.

sakuo renku
tada utumuite Kiku kusa musiri

merely looking down
Kiku plucks grass

Saturday, May 05, 2007

young bride

David’s English
even for me
there's a guardian god...
blossoming spring

by Issa, 1816
1814 married with young bride.

sakuo renku
wakai yometsuko kata monde kureru

young wife
massages my shoulder

Friday, May 04, 2007

source of dispute

by Issa, 1824
Last year his first wife, Kiku died. After one year he married second wife, Yuki. they divorce soon. Kiku is chrysanthemum in Japanese.

菊のイメージ 喧嘩の種に
kiku no ime-ji kenka no tane ni

Kiku’s image
source of dispute