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

a couple lives

御手討の夫婦なりしを更衣 oteuchi no     myōto narishi o      koromogae death penalty by their Lord Remitted the couple change clothes. -Buson Art by Mizuno Toshikata, “Shinobi Oto- A couple is sitting in a garden in the evening”

Lightning

inazuma no naka inazuma no hashiri keri lightning running down inside lightning -Inahata Teiko Art by Utagawa Kunisada, “Niwaka yu-dachi にワカ夕立 , A sudden summer shower”

summer breeze

The shadow of the trees almost reaches to my desk with the summer breeze. -Kenneth Yasuda

a crimson dragonfly

A crimson dragonfly, as it lights, sways together with a leaf of rye. -Shoson Art by Utamaro, “Locust (Inago) and Red Dragonfly (Akatonbô)”

a lizard

A lizard flicks over the undulating ripples of sunlit clover. -Shoson Art by Kitagawa Utamaro, “Snake and Lizard”