japanese paintingIf they were born at the age of twitter, their little gems would have had the perfect size, but probably forgotten with the blink of a click…


一家に
遊女もねたり
萩と月

hitotsuya ni
yûjo mo netari
hagi to tsuki

Under the same roof
Prostitutes were sleeping—
The moon and clover

Matsuo Bashô (1644 – 1694)


さびしさの
うれしくもあり
秋の暮れ

Sabishisa no
ureshiku mo ari
aki no kure

An autumn eve;
There is joy too,
In loneliness

Yosa Buson (1716 – 1784)


世の中は
地獄の上の
花見かな

Yo no naka wa
Jigoku no ue no
Hanami kana

In this world
We walk on the roof of hell
Gazing at flowers

Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828)


御佛に
尻むけ居れ
ば月涼し

mihotoke ni
shirimuke oreba
tsuki suzushi

I turn my back
on Buddha and face
the cool moon

Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902)