From the mountain pass

see the sunlit

castle town…

flying new-year kites.


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Chora No2



The very planets

gleaming through

its silhouette…

frozen willow tree.


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Ryoto, no1



Someone is walking

over the wooden


the deep frog-silence.


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Buson, no13



At Takiguchi

voices calling

for a light…

darkening spring rain.


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The gay water wheel

in the valley

pours petals

from mountain cherries.



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Issa, no6.



That fat old bull-frog

sat there staring

back at me

with a sour face.


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Issa, no8



Ah bold nightingale

even before

his lordship

you won’t mend your song


Onitsura, No5



That dark waterfowl

although appearing


see how it floats!





Perhaps this voiceless

wanderer dreams

of flowers…

butterfly dozer.


Buson, no12



From the mountain temple

a sound of a bell struck fumblingly

vanishes in the mist.


Izen, no2.



Ah roadside scarecrow

we’ve hardly

started gabbing…

and I have to go.


Sotoba, no1



O springtime twilight…

precious moment

worth to me

a thousand pieces.


Buson, no11



Sometimes the farmer

trots out to see

his scarecrow…

slowly he walks back.


Shoha ,no1



a baby sparrow…


with curiosity

to watch my brushwork.






Blown cherry blossoms

fall and float

upon the cold

rice-paddy waters.





Dull-dreary rain-day…

dripping past

my gate a girl

bearing irises





on the shining roof

the boy’s abandoned

string ball

soaking up the spring rain


Ranco, No2



Endless May time rain…

sneaking back one

night the moon

perched in the pine tree.





After  spring sunset

mist rises  from

the river…

spreading like a flood


Buson, No8



Dancing: the fox treads

among the pale


in garden moonlight






Mountain-top of clouds

towering behind

the hedge…

or a flowering plumb ?


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It is spring again…

gay in the garden


sun-bathing sparrows


Shiki, No4



Afternoon garden…

planting perhaps

seven seeds…

I’m convalescent.