brambles are caught

馬の尾にいばらのかゝる枯野哉 uma no o ni ibara no kakaru kareno kana In my horse’s tail Brambles are caught In this winter field. -Yosa Buson Art by Takeuchi Seiho Advertisements

cold winter wind

umi ni dete      kogarashi Kaeru     tokoro nashi out to the ocean goes the cold winter wind there is no place to return -Seishi Yamaguchi   Art by Shotei

withered rivers

  Breaking off each day Withered river rushes go Drifting on their way. —Ranko Art by Utagawa Hiroshige

fades into the Sea

Oh, how quietly And how still the heavy snow Fades into the sea! —Sazanami   Art by Tsuchiya Koitsu

23rd Station : 島田宿 Shimada-juku

Shimada-juku (島田宿 Shimada-juku) was the twenty-third of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in what is now part of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Shimada-juku was located on the left bank (Edo side) of the Ōi River, just across from its neighboring post town, Kanaya-juku. The Tokugawa shogunate expressly forbid the construction of…

broken by the snow

  In the morn I go Stepping over the bamboo Broken by the snow. –Shasui   Art by Kasamatsu Shiro

the child walks in the snow

道あるに  雪の中行く  童かな   Michi aruni      Yuki no naka yuku      Warabe kana   Although there is the road, The child walks In the snow. -Murakami Kijo

Mt Fuji in winter

冬の富士  日星おほらかに  又きびし   Fuyu no fuji     Jissei oorakani       Mata kibishi   Mount Fuji in winter. The sun and stars are big‐hearted And strict. -Iida Dakotsu Art by Shotei Takahashi, “Fuji from Lake Yamanaka”

winter crows

かわかわと  大きくゆるく  寒鴉   Kawa kawa to     Ookiku yuruku       Samu-garasu   “Cawa-cawa” In a large and loose way, The winter crow. -Takahama Kyoshi   Art by Ogata Korin

the snow umbrella

市人よ 此笠うらふ 雪の傘   Ichi-bito yo      Kono kasa urou       Uilo no kasa   Hey townspeople, I’ll sell you my woven hat, The snow umbrella. -Matsuo Basho   Art by Utagawa Kunisada

lets go out

いざ行かむ 雪見にころぶ 所まで Iza yukan      Yukimi ni korobu     Tokoro made   Let’s go out To see the snow view Where we slip and fall. -Matsuo Basho