February 10, 2011
Haiga 498 Yosa Buson haiku 8
Haiku by Yosa Buson. Artwork is by myself.
Now, this is a rather mysterious haiku. The origianl Japanese haiku is even more mysterious, having certain ambiguity. I did the translation, but as you know, you need to know its meaning before you can translate, but in this case I am not so sure about that. I looked at other translations, and it seems mine is not quite off the mark, though.
That ambiguity was carried over to the haiga, too. I found an old empty bulleten board frame when I was taking a walk. I photographed it and added another sky within its frame. I increased yellow on this photo so it looks a bit older. Also drew a kate, and made it half transparent so it overlaps on both sky. This is my solution to visualizing the ambiguity.
This haiga shows that even if you do not fully understand the haiku, you can still make something out of it.