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

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

Hakone Pass

箱根こす  人も有らし  今朝の雪   Hakone kosu       Hito mo arurashi     Kesa no yuki   Some people Would cross the Hakone Pass Even though the morning snow. -Matsuo Basho   Art by Hiroshige

in the snow storm

宿かせと 刀投げ出す 吹雪かな   Yado kase to      Katana nagedasu     Fubuki kana   “Put me up for a night!” He threw the katana. It is a snow storm. -Yosa Buson   Art by Beisaku Taguchi, ” In the Snow Storm”