Monday, August 31, 2009


Masajo 真砂女 1955 age 49

natuobi ya tsuma e no shitto sarani naku

Lee & Emiko’s English

summer obi---
jealous of my husband?

Seasonal word: summer obi (kimono sash) ( summer)

sakuo’s renku & renga

jimanbanashi ya sakuya no onna

his bragging of
a woman of last night

haiku Masajo

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Issa 一茶 1821

u no hana ni nunoko no hiza no hikari kana

David’s English

the deutzia blossoms
light up
my lap

Not translated: the subject of the haiku is wearing padded cotton clothing (nunoko).

sakuo renku & renga

syoka ni wataire yamai utagau

in early summer
wearing cotton cloth
Are you sick?

Issa sakuo haiga

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

sorrow in spring

Masajo 真砂女 1955 age 49

hito no soshiri shitte no haru no urei kana

Lee & Emiko’s English

people’s censure
I know all about it…
sorrow in spring

Seasonal word: spring sorrow ( spring )

In a small town people are more concerned about what other
are doing. From my hair style to the clothes I
wore, I was the target of their curiosity and objections. Being flamboyant for a small town, I took this interest as a matter of course.

sakuo renku

mune no omoi wo siruhito zo nashi

Nobody know
my passion in my heart

sakuo haiga

haiku Masajo

Monday, August 24, 2009

Harvest moon

Issa 一茶 1811 age 49


meigetsu ya yabu ka darake no sumida-gawa

David’s English

harvest moon--
Sumida River thick
with mosquitoes

According to R. H. Blyth, "thicket mosquito" (yabu ka) refers to a species of "striped mosquitoes"; Haiku (Tokyo: Hokuseido, 1949-1952; rpt. 1981-1982/reset paperback edition) 3.805. Robin D. Gill notes that the scientific name for these large striped, bloodthirsty mosquitoes is Stegomyia fasciata, according to Kenkyu^sha's Japanese-English Dictionary.

sakuo renku


kayusani taete meiku wo yoman

enduring the itch

I will make excellent haiku

sakuo haiga

haiku Issa

Sunday, August 23, 2009

cherry blossom fatique

Masajo 真砂女 1955 age 49


suwaritaru mama obit toku ya hanazukare

Lee & Emiko’s English

without standing up

I untie my obi---

blossom viewing fatigue

Seasonal word: cherry blossm fatigue ( spring )

Note: An obi ( kimono sash ) is usually tied and untied in standing position.

sakuo renku


hitori sumai no katsute kimama ni

being single life

do as like as I can

sakuo haiga

sakuo haiga

haiku Masajo

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

silkworm poop

Issa 一茶 1824 age 62

kado-gado ni aoshi kaiko no kuso no yama

David’s English

at gate after gate
green hills
of silkworm poop

People have dumped out little "mountains" of silkworm waste. According to Bridget Dole, silkworm droppings are "blackish green." About this curious haiku, she speculates, "Maybe when [the silkworms] are in the cocoons, everyone cleans out the rearing trays at the same time. The size of one's 'mountains' would be an indication of success."

sakuo haiga

Eighth month, Issa divorced after three month marriage.
While he was suffered by stroke.

mayu wo tsukirazu waga iho suteru

without bearing cocoon
giving up my hut

haiku Issa

Saturday, August 15, 2009

cherrry blossom rain

Masajo 真砂女 1955 age 49


kyo^dai ni nukishi yubiwa ya hana no ame

Lee & Emiko’s English

on the dressing table

the ring removed from my finger---

cherry blossom rain

Seasonal word: cherry blossom rain ( spring )

sakuo haiga


wakakoma ni hikare koiji ikan

pulling by young horse

wish to go on love road

haiku Masajo

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

lining up

Issa 一茶 1812 age 50

ima kita to kao wo naraberu tsubame kana

David’s English

lining up
with newcomers' faces...

sakuo haiga

Mrs. Kakyo Orimoto was Issa’s haiku student as well as reliable sponsor.
1810 July she was died, he knew it but couldn’t attend her funnel ceremony.
After two years on her memorial day, he came to her tomb to pray for her soul.

lining up

Monday, August 10, 2009

never born

Masajo 真砂女 1955 age 49


umarezariseba to omou toki kari kaeru

Lee & Emiko’s English

when I think

I should never have been born---

departing geese

I was extravagant in my way of living, but never thought it was a happy life.

How many times have I thought of not coming into being ?

Seasonal word: departing geese ( spring )

sakuo haiga

haiku Masajo

To All

A half of the book titled [ Love Haiku] has been pictured.

It takes one year.

I will keep to paint it’s haiga one more year.

Love Haiku contains Masajo’s selected haiku. And it is translated by Lee Gurga and Emiko Miyashita into English.

Thank you for your patience.