on the morning path
across Hakusan Mountain
flowering haiku

Kim M. Russell, 2017


My response to Carpe Diem #1159 Matto, birthplace of Chiyo-Ni

In this episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, we are visiting Matto, a village in Kaga Province, now Hakusan Ishikawa Prefecture, the birthplace of the female haiku poet, Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775), who is known for her haiku about Morning Glory, for example:

 morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

(c) Chiyo-Ni

Chèvrefeuille explains that Matto unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore because in 2005 it became part of the new town Hakusan. So to give us an idea of the region where Chiyo-Ni was born, he has shared an image of the mountains of Hakusa, where Chiyo-Ni must have found a lot of inspiration:

lies within the listener –
a cuckoo’s call

on moor and mountain
nothing stirs
this morn of snow

(c) Chiyo-Ni

She was buried in her birth place, where there is a shrine dedicated to her, which reflects what she once said:  […] “Appreciate each moment; that’s all there really is. Be simple. Let my haiku teach you how. Openness is all you need to understand my haiku. Just be open to each ringing of the bell, each kiss, each pain, each word, each wind. Follow the fearless path of white light, which covers everything, washes everything clean and white and illuminated like clear water–drink the sweet water!” […]

Chèvrefeuille tells us that there are several shrines and temples, and Mount Hakusan is one of the three sacred mountains of Japan (together with Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tateyama), around which a national park has been created, where the flora is a great source of inspiration:

 morning glories –
in the middle of a dream

morning glory –
the truth is
the flower hates people

(c) Chiyo-Ni



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