May 19, 2009
Haiku by Basho Matsuo. From "Narrow Road to Oku"
One of Basho's wishs in this journey was to visit places where well-known poets in olden time had visited and had written masterly Waka poems. Saigyo, a buddhist monk, was one of the poets Basho admired. This haiku was written when Basho visited the willow tree Saigyo wrote about.
I added a dragon fly to symbolize Basho.
For rice planting, the field is first filled with water and the planters step into it and plant young rice shoot one by one. The brush strokes in the middle depict the watered field.
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