September 30, 2014

Tasting water

Tsuku Tsuku boshi

A tsukutsukuboshi is an insect related to the cicada or locust which chirps in a high and shrill trill. It chirps only during the twilight after sunset. It is a melancholic sound for Japanese people.

September 29, 2014

Alone

The cawing of a crow -
I also am alone.

In unison with Hosai Ozaki's haiku:
* Hosai was a haiku poet who belonged to the same school of free haiku originated by Seisensui Ogiwara. Santoka and he knew of each other but never met. Hosai wrote many poems of his loneliness and the above poem is in unison with his famous haiku:

Coughing, even:
alone.

See the second haiga.



Hosai Ozaki's haiga

September 25, 2014

Butterfly

I cannot come up with a good translation of this Santoka haiku.
The literal one is; a butterfly fluttering, flying over the roof top.