June 28, 2011
Haiga 603 Matsuo Basho haiku - wabi, sabi frog
Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.
Now, here is the famous haiku by Basho. There are numerous translations for this. I just picked the one I see more often on the web. In this haiku, Basho conveyed the aesthetic of "wabi, sabi", which Wikipedia defines as "...represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete".
There is an old Shinto shrine near where I work. Its founding dates back to more than 1000 years. Within the shrine ground is a nice old pond surrounded by Momiji trees. I love this pond, and whenever I am there, I always remember this Basho haiku.