August 29, 2011
Haiga 642 Matsuo Basho haiku
Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.
Basho's journey in "Narrow Road to the Deep North" is nearing the end now. On Aug. 29, he was in Kanazawa. Kanazawa is known as little Kyoto, maintaining the looks of feudal Japan, when samurais ruled the land. I have been there a couple of times on business, one time I was invited to a crab dinner, a special treat in the winter time.
Kanazawa was, in Basho's time, a mecca of haiku in the area. I am sure Basho was welcomed and treated well during his stay. One sad thing troubled Basho, one of his best disciples, Issho, had pass way long before Basho's arrival. He wrote this haiku:
The gravemound should move!
my crying voice is echoed
in the autumn wind