September 18, 2011

Haiga 656 Matsuo Basho, the last haiku

Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.
I was in Osaka the other day. A friend mentioned about Basho's haiku stone, which was just a short walk from where we were having a meeting. The haiku is the last one Basho wrote and a famous one, so off we went. The stone is within a large Buddhist temple, surrounded by banana leaves.(Basho means banana)

Basho was sick, bedridden, but he had plans, like visiting Kyushu, southern part of Japan. He wrote this haiku then. Basho, however, did not recover and passed away there. The house was situated near this stone.

1 comment:

Chèvrefeuille said...

Kuni_San greetings,

What a great haiga. I am a haiku-poet myself and I feel like one of the students of Basho.
His last haiku, his Jisei, is a wonderful haiku. Thank you for sharing this with us, the people of the world.