Monday, June 29, 2009

lacquered clog

Issa 一茶 1818 age 55

nurigeta no ho^ e to sakura chiri ni keri

David’s English

toward lacquered clogs
cherry blossoms

Visit,Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

sakuo Haiga

Lacquered clog was luxury goods in Edo era.
Owner of clogs is rich sponsor of the gorgeous prostitute

haiku Issa

Sunday, June 28, 2009

midwinter egg

Masajo 真砂女 1994 age 88

fukihgen no futatsu wattaru kan tamago

Lee & Emiko’s English

in a bad temper
I break two
midwinter eggs

Seasonal word: midwinter (winter )
Note: Midwinter eggs are laid during the midwinter period, which
happens to be the hen’s natural laying-period, so the eggs are very
nutritious. The bright yellow yolk makes the people associate it with
light or flame, and it brightens their heart in the cold weather.

sakuo haiga

haiku Masajo

Friday, June 26, 2009

snow fall

Issa 一茶 1806 age 44


o^toshi ni kagitte yuki no furi ni keri

David’s English

marking the end
of another year...

sakuo haiga


yki miti ha otosidama niha gyam ni naru

snow paths

prevent me

from Happy presents

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

frost-rimed forest

Masajo 真砂女 1986 age 80

霧氷林 をんな汚れしごとく佇つ

muhyo^orin on’na yogoreshi gotoku tatsu

Lee & Emiko’s English

frost-rimed forest---

a woman as if unchaste

stands still

Seasonal word: frost-rimed forest (winter )

sakuo haiga

haiku Masajo

Monday, June 22, 2009


Issa 一茶 1825 age 63

saka-doki wo kaide modoru ya susu harai

David’s English

sniffling I take
another sake break...
sweeping soot

Literally, Issa "returns to sake time, sniffling (or sneezing)."

sakuo haiga


Saturday, June 20, 2009

waterfall in winter

Masajo 真砂女 1994 age 88

fuyu no taki oto wo koroshite ochi ni keri

Lee & Emiko’s English

waterfall in winter—
it quiets itself
and falls

Seasonal: waterfall in winter (winter)

sakuo haiga

haiku Issa

Friday, June 19, 2009

fish frolicking

Issa 一茶 1804 age 42


uodomo no asobi ariku ya kiku no hana

David’s English

fish frolicking
on foot...

Ariku, I assume, is a variant of aruku, "to walk." Issa presents the strange image of fish, left over from a flood, wriggling among the chrysanthemums. This is the first of two haiku in a row written about a flood at Nagareyama village in Shimosa Province. The second one is as follows: yu^zuki ya nagare nokori no kirigirisu evening moon-- surviving the flood a katydid Issa entered Nagareyama on the 27th day of Eighth Month, 1804, amid rainy weather. He wrote both of the haiku on the 2nd day of Ninth Month.


sakuo haiga

haiku haiga sakuo

Thursday, June 18, 2009

a mole

Masajo 真砂女 1994 age 88

nakihokuro sodatete nakanu kaki wo waru

Lee & Emiko’s English

a mole under my eye:
I nurture it and split an oyster
that does not cry

Seasonal word: oyster ( winter )
Note: It is said that if one cry a lot, a mole under one’s eye grows
darker or becomes more visible. Therefore one who has a mole in this spot is said to live a tearful life. Masajo’s sorrow makes her think she is growing a mole.

sakuo haiga

Her moles are her men related. They brought her hazards, but she
used them as leverage to open her fortune. And she got the success of business and haiku achievement.

haiku haiga sakuo

Sunday, June 14, 2009

summer cicada

Issa 一茶 1814


natsu no semi naku ga kono yo no eiyo^ kana

David’s English

the chirring of summer cicadas
their gift
to this world


by Issa, 1814

Shinji Ogawa's paraphrase guided my translation: "For the summer cicadas the chirring is their great accomplishment in this world." I wonder if Issa might be alluding to his own "chirring" as a poet--his own accomplishment or gift?

sakuo haiga

April Issa married with a young bride.

She said, “You are only doing haiku all day long”

Issa replied.

summer cicada

Friday, June 12, 2009

Haiku Guy

David sensei has published Haiku Novel named " Haiku Guy"
The book's introduction has issed on web.

Please come and see this new style novel.

Sakuo has two books, left is Issa's book and right is David's book.

no escaping

Masajo 真砂女 1994 88才


do^shitemo ochiba fumaneba yukenu michi

Lee & Emiko’s English

no escaping it—

I must step on fallen leaves

to take this path

Seasonal word: fallen leaves ( winter )

sakuo haiga

no escaping

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

a wifeless man

Issa 一茶 1815


tsuma nashi [ga] kusa wo sakasete yu^suzumi

David’s English

a wifeless man
makes his plants bloom...
evening cool

sakuo haiga

This ku was made on 1815.

The year before Issa had married with Kiku, chrysanthemum,

after his long single life in Edo city.


Friday, June 05, 2009

lover's arrow

Masajo  真砂女 1986  age 80



koi no ya no mato hazushi keri aki no kaze


Lee & Emiko’s English


love ‘s arrow

has missed its mark--

autumn wind


Seasonal word: autumn wind (autumn)


sakuo haiga

love's arrow

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Issa 一茶 1813

anata makase makase zo toshi wa inu mo tori

David’s English

trust, trust in Buddha!
you're a year older too

The season word in this haiku, toshitori, ("growing old") relates to the year's ending; in the traditional Japanese system for counting age, everyone gains a year on New Year's Day. Here, Issa advises the dog to trust, as he does, in the saving power of Amida Buddha while they both move one step closer to death.

sakuo haiga


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

sea shells

Masajo 真砂女 1986 age 80

aki kaze ya hadashi no tume no kai to kashi

Lee & Emiko’s English

autumn breeze—
the nails on mu bare feet
become sea shells

Seasonal word: autumn breeze (autumn)

sakuo haiga

sea shell