February 19, 2011

Haiga 504 Yosa Buson haiku 14

Haiku by Yosa Buson. Artwork by myself.
Today's haiga is almost like a picutre book image. It is a little over-done for a haiga, but I guess a haiga artist can play around time to time.
In this haiku, Buson was a bit sick and dreamed about chasing the sickness away. Next morning he felt fine. Buson was not a monk like Basho, but I made his head bald just to make the drawing simple.

When I was a kid, I used to sleep under the mosquito net. In a tatami-matted room, there are hooks at the four corners of the room and the net is hook up to them so that the whole room becomes mosquito free. I liked sleeping in the net for it gave me a sense of being embraced. Almost all household had a few nets, but years past, and I do not see them anymore. I kind of miss it.
The other day when I was in Tokyo, I met a traditional Japanese dyer. Today, I happened to find his homepage. Here you can get some idea of what Edo Komon is.


Gabi Greve said...

When we moved to the old farm house in the mountains, we had to use kaya to keep the mosquitoes out at night ... quite romantic !

kuni_san said...

Yeah, the kaya was so nice, though it was a bit troublesome to fold it small in the morning.