Kobayashi Issa Quotes (Author of The Spring of My Life and Selected Haiku)
Ki no moto ni (Under the Trees), 3 haiku poems Matsuo Basho Genroku 3 (1690)
This is one of over fifty chapters in my upcoming long-delayed book, Cherry Blossom Epiphany chapter 10, to be precise. The poems are centered, use no capital letters, and are attractively arranged in clusters using double and triple columns. That is too much work for html. As it would be boring to see the poems in serial, I present them here in single line format, with apologies. Let me also add some things not explained below because the readers would already be familiar with them. First , unlike English, where "cherry" implies the fruit, in Japanese sakura refers to the tree, the blossom or more generally the tree in full blossom, though it can, in suitable context, even refer to the falling petals!
Cherry blossoms or sakura , the flowers that have launched a thousand haikus, are in full bloom in Japan. During peak flowering time, which lasts from a week to 10 days, the nation engages in a frenzy of blossom appreciation with the kind of ardour that other countries reserve for sporting events or religious festivals. In the run-up to sakura , a televised Cherry Blossom Forecast offers a petal-by-petal analysis of the advance of the blooms as they ripple from the south to the north like a pink and white Mexican wave. Like with Christmas in the West, shops in Japan are quick to switch to saccharine sakura mode, with cherry blossom Kit Kats, cherry blossom cookie cutters, sakuramochi or rice cakes wrapped in cherry tree leaves and so on and on, on offer. You can sip on a cherry blossom mojito with sakura liqueur and cranberry juice instead of the usual white rum in upmarket bars. For the short sakura period, usually staid city parks are transformed into rowdy scrums with everyone from grandmas to pet dogs in prams in the mood to party.
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The sky shifts with the cherry branches above my head. But as the petals fall on my face, I forget about the back pain and think of my favorite haiku by Matsuo Basho, the 17th century Japanese poet. Everything passes—and then returns. Temple bells die out. The fragrant blossoms remain. A perfect evening! In a sense, poetry is closest to perfume, because the interpretation of the message concealed in words as in aromas are left to the beholder.
Issa is one of the four haiku greats of Japan. He wrote a tremendous amount of poetry and was known for his poetic appreciation for even the tiniest creatures. Translations by Haiku Guy. Basho is the most famous poet of the Edo Era, and now the most well-known haiku poet of all time. How many, many things They call to mind These cherry-blossoms! Very brief — Gleam of blossoms in the treetops On a moonlit night.
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