autumn setting sun

  Piercing crimson red Is the autumn setting sun On the cockscomb head -Basho Advertisements

a crow, autumn evening..

  On a withered bough A crow alone is perching Autumn evening now. -Basho   Art by Kawanabe Kyosai, “Black crow”


  父母のことのみおもふ秋のくれ chichi haha no     koto nomi omou     aki no kure Only memories of Father and Mother come to my mind in late autumn -Yosa Buson Art by Utamaro, “Wisteria Maiden (Fuji musume) and Demon”  


去年より又さびしひぞ秋の暮 kyonen yori      mata sabishii zo     aki no kure   Compared to last year, this has even more loneliness autumn evening. -Yosa Buson   Art by Chokosai Eisho, Morokoshi of the Echizenya, kamuro Ayano and Orino

平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko

Pom Poko is a 1994 Japanese animated comedy-drama fantasy film directed by Isao Takahata, produced by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho. The phrase “Pom Poko” in the title refers to the sound of tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs, Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) drumming their own bellies as a form of Tanuki-bayashi. Specifically, the phrase started as a…

not seing the harvest moon

身の闇の頭巾も通る月見かな mi no yami no     zukin mo tōru     tsukimi kana Someone goes by wearing a hood in his own darkness not seeing the harvest moon -Yosa Buson   Art by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka      

Lady Gosechi (Gosechi no myobu)

Several elements in this design point at gone-by wealth, notably the torn tapestry, and the battered blinds. The woman playing the koto is dressed as a nun. Her two visitors wear Heian court costumes. They are moved, either by her music, or the state they find her in, or perhaps both. (printed June 1887)

all alone with the moon

中々にひとりあればぞ月を友 nakanaka ni      hitori areba zo      tsuki o tomo   With nothing to do, And all alone by myself I’ll make friends with the moon. -Yosa Buson

waterfall music

  Mountain-rose petals Falling, falling, falling now… Waterfall music ― Bashō Matsuo   Art by Katsushika Hokusai , “Roben Waterfall”

a waterfall

A great waterfall its steady roar joined by autumn’s voices – Shinoda Teijirō   Art by Hasui Kawase, “Senju Waterfall, Akame”

water wheel

  The water wheel spins holding up the milky way, and then spills it out. – Kawasaki Tenkō   Art by Maeda Morikazu, ” Water Wheel”