Haiku by Basho Matsuo. From "Narrow Road to Oku" Basho wrote this haiku when he visited the Nikko Shrine, the prestigious shrine dedicated to the then mighty Tokugawa Shogunate. In the original Japanese haiku, it says "Hino hikari", meaning "light of the sun". This allueds the name of the shrine "Nikko", meaning also "light of the sun". I thought about including a part of the Nikko Shrine here, but I decided to put more emphasis on the essence of this haiku. Click the image for a larger view.