April 20, 2011
Haiga 568 Matsuo Basho haiku - Rice Planting
Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.
This haiga is from my haiga ebook "Narrow Road to the Deep North". Basho wrote this haiku just when he stepped into the northern region. The square shape in the haiga is from kanji for rice patch "Ta".
North-eastern region of Japan has rich farmlands, producing quite a bit of rice there. Now that most of the areas have been flooded with sea water after the devastating tsunami, farmers cannot start the usual planting procedures this year; salt covered lands are no longer suitable for rice, unless extensive repairs are done. There will be no song for planting rice for quite a while. Sad, indeed.