November 5, 2012

Haiga 941 - from Basho's Oi no Kobumi

Haiku by Matsuo Basho. Artwork by myself.

Oi no Kobumi, or Records of Travel-worn Satchel is a haiku journal of the trip Basho made in 1687, from October to April of the following year. He left Edo (Tokyo) for Iga Ueno, his hometown, where he stayed and enjoyed the New Year's celebration. He then traveled places near by, including Yoshino, Nara, Osaka, Suma, and Akashi.

Basho wrote Nozarashi Kiko at age of 41. Kashima Kiko, Oi no Kobumi and Sarashina Kiko followed, and then at 46, he started trip to Oku, which resulted in the famous Oku no Hosomichi, Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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