March 8, 2011

Haiga 544 Mizuhara Shuoshi haiku 3

Haiku by Mizuhara, Shuoshi. Artwork by myself.
After reading the haiku, you might think "So what?". Well, I thought the same, too, at first. After a while, however, I returned to the haiku again and again, and came to like it. I guess you do not really need to dig into its meaning, but rather let yourself relax, like looking at the sky with blank face and just feel the scene.

As for this haiga, I drew with crayons like a kid, not contemplating anything philosophical, simply enjoyed the act of drawing and coloring. Later I did some digital manipulations to make the haiga look like a fresco painting.

I will be out of town for a few days, starting tomorrow--my monthly visit to Tokyo. The next posting on this blog will be after my leave so stay tuned, folks.


Alan Summers said...

Sometimes there are quiet haiku that can so easily be overlooked at first.

But it is these haiku that often stand the test of time and multiple readings.

Alan, With Words
Alan’s Area 17 blog

Devika said...

Good haiku and the note, Kuni-san, and Alan...i'd thought such haiku, which seem very simple, seeks one to immerse in the moment to see and/or feel...i especially like those ones...i've sometime felt a haiku could be so simple, so why write at all -- may be that thinking must go,

Have a good break and look forward to your coming back, Kuni-san :)


Gillena Cox said...

precisely; because of it simplicity of form, the haiku poem does that to us drawing us in degree by degree at every reading, till we are sated
interesting image complement; much love...

kuni_san said...

I am happy to see good discussion going on here. This simple sketch-like haikui shows that Shuoshi was once a hardcore desciple of Takahama kyoshi who run Hototogisu group after Shiki passed away. Shuoshi later broke away from Hototogisu to seek romanticism in haiku.

daphnepurpus said...

Beautiful and I thank you for showing this beautiful haiku which yes, could be overlooked, but as the others who have commented have said, it is the simplicity which draws us in, or so it seems to me. Safe travels and I await your return.

Gwilym Williams said...

I like your work with crayons. Perhaps you'll use the medium again when a suitable haiku comes along?

Devika said...

Kuni-san -- just read this news of earthquake... hope all is well,


Devika said...

i mean, hope you and family are safe...i'm not getting to know the extent,


kuni_san said...

Thank you, Devika san.
I am still in Tokyo and am fine.

Just a minute I rode on a train yesterday, the earthquake hit(they say the biggest one in Japan yet). It lasted long time, perhaps more than 30 seconds.

All trains and express ways in Tokyo area stopped, which caused swarm of people and cars filled the street and very heavy congestion continued till after midnight.It took me more than three hours to get back to my lodging(the distance of about 10 miles).

Northen parts of Japan was hit hard. My home is in the southern part so my family is fine.

Alan Summers said...

Thank goodness you are safe kuni_san!

I saw the BBC Special earlier and how everyone in Tokyo is calmly and politely walking back home.

Even motorists on quiet roads are stopping at red lights.

This is the sort of calm polite behaviour that is always needed in extreme emergencies.

all my very best,


daphnepurpus said...

So very glad to hear that you and your family are safe! And I so agree with Alan about the necessity for calm politeness in emergencies. Take care and may you and yours stay safe.

Devika said...

Thank Goodness, Kuni-san...was watching and readings the news - horrifying -- Prayers for the affected,

when i wrote it was may be one of the first online news that i read.


Natalia said...

I watch the news, a tragedy.
I am thoughts and prayers are with Japan.