Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)

  On August 1, 1689, Basho visited Kisakata (象潟), Akita Prefecture (秋田県),  Northern Honshu, on his journey. Basho wrote about Kisakata in his travel diary The Narrow Road to Oku, 『おくのほそ道 (Oku no Hosomichi 』 . Here I take up the latter part of this section.   此寺の方丈に座して簾を捲ば、風景一眼の中に尽て、南に鳥海、天をさヽえ、其陰うつりて江にあり、西はむやむやの関、路をかぎり、東に堤を築て、秋田にかよふ道遥に、海北にかまえて、浪打入る所を汐こしと云。江の縦横一里ばかり、俤松島にかよひて、又異なり。松島は笑ふが如く、象潟はうらむがごとし。寂しさに悲しみをくはえて、地勢魂をなやますに似たり。   Here is a painting of Kisakata exhibited … Continue reading Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)

Haiku by Hidenori Hiruta in Japan (2)

  First of all, I present you the following haiku I wrote when I visited 角館(かくのだて)(Kakunodate), Akita.   Hyakusui’s monument stands in beauty cherry blossoms さくらばな百穂の碑を飾りけり Sakurabana  Hyakusui no hi o  kazari keri     This is a monument inscribed with two tanka poems written by平福百穂(ひらふく ひゃくすい)(Hirafuku Hyakusui)(1877 - 1933), who was a Japanese-style painter … Continue reading Haiku by Hidenori Hiruta in Japan (2)