ice cream

匙のアイスクリムや蘇る hitosaji no     aisukurimu ya      yomigaeru one spoonful of ice cream brings me back to life -Shiki

stillness

静かさに蛍飛ぶなり淵の上 shizukasa ni     hotaru tobunari       fuchi no ue stillness – fireflies are glowing over deep water -Shiki   Art by Kobayashi Kiyochika, Fireflies at Ochanomizu  

an afternoon nap

世の中の重荷おろして昼寝かな yononaka no     omoni oroshite      hirune kana relieved of a burden in the everyday life an afternoon nap -Shiki   Art by Torii Kotondo, Taking a nap

silver folding screen

みじか夜や枕にちかき銀屏風 mijikayo ya     makura ni chikaki      gin-byōbu Short night Near the pillow stands A silver folding screen -Buson   Art by Kikuchi Hōbun

a red bridge

夏山や萬象青く橋赤し natsuyama ya      bansho aoku       hashi akashi summer mountain all creatures are green a red bridge -Shiki   Art by Ito Yuhan    

onsen

十年の汗を道後の温泉に洗へ junen no     ase o Dogo no     yu ni arae Ten year’s sweat washed away back at Dogo Onsen -Shiki   Art by Mizuno Toshikata, Visiting an Onsen – 湯河の里 –

hydrangeas

紫陽花や壁のくづれをしぶく雨 ajisai ya     kabe no kuzure o      shibuku ame hydrangeas — rain splashing upon the crumbling walls -Shiki   Art by Sakai Hoitsu  

cicada’s shell

古池やさかさに浮かふ蝉のから furuike ya     sakasa ni ukabu     semi no kara an old pond- floating upside down a cicada’s shell -Shiki   Art by Kangyoku

samurai summer

夏草や兵どもが夢の跡  松尾芭蕉 natsukusa ya     tsuwamonodomo ga     yume no ato   The summer grasses Of brave soldiers’ dreams The aftermath.  – Bashō    Art by Kuniyoshi, Rokusuke Samurai    

water lilies

門さきにうつむきあふや百合の花 kadosaki ni     utsumukiau ya     yuri no hana at the front gate dropping their heads lilies blooming -Shiki   Art by Ohara Koson (1877-1945) 小原古邨 Water Lily, 1920

red hollyhocks

伸び切って夏至に逢ふたる葵かな nobikitte      geshi ni ohtaru      aoi kana a hollyhock shot up to meet the summer solstice -Shiki   Art by Ohara Shoson, Flowering Red Hollyhocks and Two Dragonflies

a flock of sparrows

夕だちや草葉をつかむむら雀 yūdachi ya     kusaha o tsukamu      mura-suzume   summer shower clutching the leaves of grass a flock of sparrows -Buson   Art : Weeping Willow and a Flock of Barn Swallows from the Rakuzan Kachou