November 10, 2012

Haiga 946 - from Basho's Oi no Kobumi

Haiku by Basho. Artwork by myself.

The 6th haiku from "Oi no Kobumi".

Basho had crossed over Hakone Mountains, which was quite rough. He was now entertained by a wealthy disciple warmly, thinking of the travelers crossing the snowy mountain pass of Hakone.

As Basho explored the art of haiku, he increasingly wrote haiku that began with what was there, and then he went on to the realm of imagination or what was not there, thus expanding the content of the haiku.
Shasei or sketch(what is there) haiku was advocated many many years later by Masaoka Shiki. For a haiga artist like myself, Basho's haiku is more challenging than Shiki's one.

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