August 30, 2011
Haiga 643 Matsuo Basho haiku
Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.
Basho wrote this haiku as he entered Kanazawa, where Maeda feudal lord had the catsle. Maeda clan was the most powerful one among 242 lords in Japan then.
As customary practice for haijin entering into a territory governed by fuedal lord, Basho wrote this haiku to pay respect to the lord. Basho wrote the haiku to praise the abundant richness of farm crops and general prosperity in the territory.
The city of Kanazawa now retains old things but at the same time has very contemporary art museum, and a good art and craft university.