April 11, 2009
Haiku by Steven Addiss of the USA.
It seems that people in the Western countries prefer to use Japanese sumi and brush to make haiga artworks. I do not think the sumi and brush are essencial tools for haiga. In oldern days in Japan, those tools are the only means to write, draw, and paint. If poeple then had pen and ink, they must have used them to write haiku and to make haiga. I am using a drawing pencil for this haiga because it is a familiar tool for me, and probably for most contemporary Japanese. Impotant thing in haiga is to express the poetic content of the haiku you work with, not the means themselves.