Basho’s Blossoms

Basho’s Blossoms

Carpe Diem #1511 Basho’s Blossoms (Revise That Haiku)


samazama no koto omoidasu sakura kana

how many, many things
they call to mind
these cherry-blossoms!

© Basho          R. H. Blyth also translated Basho’s haiku into English


cherry blossom whispers
calling me, calling me
stirring the past

hana no kumo  kane wa ueno ka  asakusa ka

a cloud of cherry blossoms;
the temple bell,
is it Ueno, is it Asakusa?

© Basho (1644-1694, taken from R.H. Blyth’s “Haiku, Volume 2)

from Ueno to Asakusa
the temple bells ring
cherry blossom festival

Ueno Iga Province

Ueno Iga Province

Carpe Diem #1162 Ueno Iga Province, birthplace of Basho

By Utagawa Hiroshige (Japan, Edo, 1797-1858) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve chosen some poems by Basho I though would represent the beauty and the different moods of the Ueno Iga Province.  I think they show the beauty in simple things and not just the spectacular



a cuckoo cries
and through a thicket of bamboo
the late moon shines                           Matsuo Basho


A field of cotton–
as if the moon
had flowered.                                  Translated by Robert Hass   Matsuo Basho


A monk sips morning tea,
it’s quiet,
the chrysanthemum’s flowering.                   Translated by Robert Hass       Matsuo Basho


a strange flower
for birds and butterflies
the autumn sky                                 Matsuo Basho


All the day long-
yet not long enough for the skylark,
singing, singing.                               Matsuo Basho


Chilling autumn rains
curtain Mount Fuji, then make it
more beautiful to see                      Matsuo Basho


On the white poppy,
a butterfly’s torn wing
is a keepsake                                        Matsuo Basho


On this road
where nobody else travels
autumn nightfall                                 Matsuo Basho


The morning glories
bloom, securing the gate
in the old fence                                    Matsuo Basho


6499627733_7c8fd59c38_bDonuts head  creative commons

Meoto Iwa
sunrise after the wedding
promising dreams