smudge of monochrome
merges with autumn colours
cloud dips into lake
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to Carpe Diem #1158 Kashiwabara, birth-place of Kobayashi Issa
In this episode, Chèvrefeuille has told us about the Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828), known as Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea, who is regarded as one of the five haiku masters in Japan.
He was born in Kashiwabara, now part of Shinano-machi, Shinano Province (present-day Nagano Prefecture), which is now a popular holiday destination. Chèvrefeuille has shared a photograph and haiku written by Issa about the Shinano Mountains.
Shinano’s deep wooded mountains
even in Fifth Month…
sleeping side by side
Shinano’s mountains too…
deep wooded mountains–
home-grown in Shinano
a rainy night, pre-harvest moon
in the mountains of Shinano
(c) Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)