May 31, 2011
Haiga 593 Matsuo Basho haiku -Geta (wooden shoes)
While I was blogging about Hawaiian things, Basho's journey in the north continued. He was now at Kurobane. He stayed at haijin's house for 13 days, from May 22 through June 2, longest stay at one place in his journey. His intention was to rest and to build enough energy to continue the long journey.
He also visited a temple nearby to pay tribute to the mountain monks who wore the Geta (wooden shoes) with one high tooth, and wondered around the wilderness of mountains to acquire spiritual trainings. He prayed for the success of his long journey.
In this series of haiga, I often draw in various birds, though there is no mentioning of it in the haiku. It kind of symbolizes Basho the traveler.
One tooth Geta