Haiku by Basho Matsuo. From "Narrow Road to Oku" "high clogs" here are one-blade wooden wares. They are rather heavy, too. Certainly not a suitable ware to trek on the mountain path, but waring them is a part of the spiritual training. Perseverance is the point. Click the image for a larger version.
----- I wrote a report(Japanese and English) on WHA Japan Conference. The report, along with photographs and such, is on the following webpage now. http://www.worldhaiku.net/news_files/2009japan_conf/index.html