Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

12670 haiku out of 12670

year unknown

on New Year's Day
a cute little pilgrim
at the gate


year unknown

New Year's Day
this world of Japan's
blossoms


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basking
in the New Year's sun...
my trashy hut


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on New Year's Day
lucky! lucky!
a pale blue sky


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around noon
New Year's Day begins...
little hut


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no run-of-the-mill
New Year's Day
for the slob


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First Month, second day--
my wrinkled
hands


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First Month--
recording the cash spent
on sake


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on the cat's grave
in First Month...
dried sardines


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to one side
of my paper lantern...
spring's first dawn


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at my hut
what will come of it?
spring's first dawn


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spring's first dawn--
the priest pretends
to sweep


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amazing--
in the house I was born
spring's first morning


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amazing--
in the house I was born
spring begins today


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even for this body of dust
a god to uplift me!
blossoming spring


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now begins
the Future Buddha's reign...
spring pines


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spring at my hut--
tall as a sleeping man
the mist


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spring begins
as it has deigned to do
for a thousand ages


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my province--
even the smoke
an ancient thing


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spring begins--
sparrows at my gate
with healthy faces


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from where the gods live
Miwa's
sunrise


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from a neighbor's storehouse
shining slantwise...
year's first sun


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rising into
the year's first sky...
tea smoke


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if it's not raining
it's the year's first sky!
tomorrow too, travel


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forming the year's
first sky...
tea smoke


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welcoming in loads
of New Year's rain...
trashy house


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big field--
my New Year's walk
follows holes made by canes


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O New Year's god
this year too
send help!


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plum blossoms fall
in the hairdo...
lowering the basket


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sickle moon--
hauling up the basket
through branches


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day of fasting--
high revelry from here
to Ueno


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servant on holiday--
the mountain festival
ended yesterday


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on the homecoming servant's
face too...
peach blossoms


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Servants' Holiday--
two in a row
on Meditation Bridge


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yanking up a little pine
he watches
the watchers


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in formal trousers
curled asleep on the lawn...
first day of Rat


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pruned by the antelope's
jaws...
New Year's pine


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for a wrinkled face--
children's New Year's
decorations


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here and there
hanging in the thicket...
New Year's ropes


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going outside
plum blossoms dive in...
my lucky tea


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my shadow too
in good health...
"Happy New Year!"


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the patient child
doesn't laugh...
New Year's greeting


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my ramshackle hut
just as it is...
"Happy New Year!"


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how many times
a New Year's gift?
the fan returns


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my humble hut--
all morning they come
for New Year's gifts


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put this one
over there!
New Year's gifts


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New Year's gift of tea--
where did you go
on your journey back to me?


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the naughty child
attempts first...
year's first writing


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treasured child--
his cane dragging
the year's first writing


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old wall--
written with a nail
the new almanac


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world of man--
even in mountain shade
New Year's water


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hot bath--
against my journey's lice
first sin


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into the year's first
water softly...
plum blossoms


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making a face
at the whining cat...
bouncing her ball


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lending it
for the kitten's playtime...
New Year's handball


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the big kite
perfectly motionless...
Sumida River


year unknown

a broken kite dancing
round and round...
Ocha-no-Mizu


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grassy shoreline--
a rising then crashing
kite


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hugging his kite
soon he's sound asleep...
the child


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lion puppet at the gate--
from his mouth
plum blossoms


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spring pony--
even when human-made
so lively!


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teeth to harden
this New Year's meal...
not even one


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New Year's tooth-hardening
meal...the cat wins
and laughs


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lucky straw bag--
a good thing
for a cat's playtime


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it's good
for the cat's playtime...
lucky straw bag


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herb picking--
at the rafter's metal tip
the rising sun


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spring peace--
a mountain monk peeks
through a fence


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the grass and wheat
trembling...
sunlight stretches on


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water spider
on spring's last day...
laughing face


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frost-white flowers--
and thus
spring ends


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spring departs--
the work horse is led
into a brook


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spring departs--
the old clothes buyer
ignores me


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the horned owl
regrets it deeply...
spring departs


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light snow--
a dog digs a hole
by the road


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the little crow
slips so cleverly...
spring rain


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spring rain--
an evening climb
up Mount Matchi


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wishing I had
a rice cake mallet...
spring rain


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taking it easy
the mouse sleeps too...
spring rain


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half of it
is flitting snowflakes...
spring rain


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the priest is mending
a rip...
spring rain


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spring rain--
growing side by side
whispering pines


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spring rain--
at night, too, making love
on Mount Matchi


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night sermon
backsliding gamblers...
spring rain


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sticky rice cake
for the crossroads Buddha...
spring breeze


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spring breeze--
the female servant's
little sword


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faces of devils
faces of foxes...
spring breeze


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inside my umbrella-hat
a charm from Ise Shrine...
spring breeze


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the spring breeze pushes
somebody
down the slope


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blown upon
by a spring breeze...
healing bath


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spring breeze--
into the round reed hut's
only door


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spring breeze--
the priest gives his sermon
walking along


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out of the dyer's-weed
it blows...
spring breeze


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hazy moon in the pine--
passing through
passing through


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a lucky fox
is barking!
hazy moon


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rap-a-tap
who's that coming
in the mist?


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today too
living in mist...
little house


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in the misty day
not growing older...
grave tablets


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in spring mist
from morning on a ruckus...
foolish crow


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misty day--
behind the big inn
a pine


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farewell! farewell!
hands waving
in spring mist


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well hidden
by the spring mist...
grave tablet


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the lake is slowly
lost in mist...
evening falls


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heat shimmers--
missing a child
the parent's face


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heat shimmers--
a field mouse chased
by the dog


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heat shimmers--
to the top of the weed
a wet mouse


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float away
my snow too...
Chikuma River


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before the gate--
my cane makes a river
of melting snow


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melting the big snow
with a ladle...
a child


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mother dog
testing the depth...
snow-melt river


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garden at the gate--
melting snow forming
the word "rice"


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garden at the gate--
with my cane digging
a snow-melt river


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my gate's adornment--
the rice seedlings
turning green


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in honor of the equinox
the hedge
turns green


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heading for my sleeve
to play...
spring equinox louse


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a migrating servant
laid off...
his sixty year-old face


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some stay behind
in the green leaves...
low tide crows


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the crane and the tortoise's
playground...
burnt field


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windblown clouds--
the fires of burning fields
bring sunset


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when this pine sapling
grows to flower...
who'll be here?


year unknown

the lover cat
his face so innocent
comes home


year unknown

the lover cat
licking his chops
comes home


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on his whisker tips
rice grains tremble...
the lover cat


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cherry blossoms scatter--
snap! the buck's antlers
come off


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baby sparrow--
even when people come
opening his mouth


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the bird's nest, too
in the unlucky direction...
Mount Hie


year unknown

a baby sparrow
chirps inside it...
rice gourd


year unknown

the bush warbler
not at all concerned...
tea smoke


year unknown

the bush warbler
not at all concerned...
gambling at the crossroads


year unknown

the bush warbler's
"I'm perfect" face...
Higashi Mountains


year unknown

bush warbler--
even while pooping, sings
Lotus Sutra


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even among bush warblers
royalty
on the fence


year unknown

the dragnet of bush warblers
closes in...
police station


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many generations
had your face, bush warbler...
deep Shinano


year unknown

the bush warbler
is bouncing about...
well bucket


year unknown

the bush warbler
splashes too...
purification font


year unknown

bush warbler--
from one corner to another
his searching eyes


year unknown

evening lark--
which pine island's
good for sleeping?


year unknown

even the field's
radishes blooming...
the lark singing!


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ripples on water--
mingling with the larks
a fishing boat


year unknown

"I won't fall
in the lake!"
the lark sings


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from the rice cake tub
from the pine...
skylarks


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from the grave
and from the flowerpot...
skylarks!


year unknown

looking at me
the pheasant on tiptoe
on tiptoe


year unknown

a pheasant cries
in the burned field, look!
an ancient pine


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peeking into
the grassy meadow...
a pheasant cries


year unknown

the bright moon in raindrops
from the eaves...
the geese depart


year unknown

a goose without companions
flying fast as he can
returns


year unknown

up to today
such perserverance and strength!
returning geese


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up to today
such great perserverance...
wild geese! wild geese!


year unknown

geese honking--
now they leave behind
Japan


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after seeing rice planted
in Mutsu province...
the geese depart


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thinking of taking off?
goose on tiptoe
on tiptoe


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old pond--
"let me go first!"
jumping frog


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now they're quarreling
the croaking
frogs


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pale green
sitting down with a thump...
croaking frog


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the big hackberry tree
as his shield...
croaking frog


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in holy Jizo's lap
squatting, croaking
frog


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taming the flesh
he enters a shrine...
frog


year unknown

in the open window
a bright moon
croaking frogs


year unknown

the uproar in the servants' room
beats the frogs...
drinking party


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sitting on the head
of a sleeping cow...
a frog


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on the flower pot
does the butterfly, too
hear Buddha's promise?


year unknown

drinking tea alone--
every day the butterfly
stops by


year unknown

a butterfly flits--
even Shinran's pine
remembers it


year unknown

sharing tree shade
with a butterfly...
friends in a previous life


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baby in a basket--
a little butterfly
licking her lips


year unknown

creeping through
the rice farmer's legs...
little butterfly


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garden butterfly--
the child crawls, it flies
crawls, it flies...


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butterfly at the gate--
the child crawls, it flies
crawls, it flies...


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first butterfly--
without formal greeting
entering the alcove


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as evening falls
so deeply disappointed...
meadow butterfly


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in this world
from dawn to dusk
even a butterfly must toil


year unknown

the whole house
pays them court...
silkworms


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quickly people
pay them court...
silkworms


year unknown

don't be mean
to that horsefly
skylight!


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evening moon--
pond snails singing
in the kettle


year unknown

O clams
meet the geese and gulls
of Greater Kamakura!


year unknown

bush clover sprouting--
when people aren't looking
the deer eats


year unknown

pricking people--
new grasses of the plain
are precocious!


year unknown

wiping their feet
on the baby grass...
doorway


year unknown

baby grass--
the stylish woman leaves
her butt print


year unknown

in my province
grass blooms too...
cherry blossoms


year unknown

in flowering mustard
step by step sinking...
sun


year unknown

a visitor views
the field of mustard blossoms...
villa shed


year unknown

flowering mustard--
and looking west
Zenkô Temple


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drunk on sake
he yanks
the radish


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twisting, turning
the cat scratches his face...
budding tree


year unknown

the tree buds, too
open up...
Amida's Hongan Temple


year unknown

North Beach's
sand-barrier camellias
in bloom


year unknown

the setting place
for the spring sun...
wisteria blossoms


year unknown

blooming plum--
the voices of children
sound reverent


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plum blossoms--
riding a dog
the Golden Boy


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red plum blossoms--
on the porch
the bathed cat dries


year unknown

the family's good fortune
in bloom...
plum tree at the gate


year unknown

the black painted
horse is glittering too!
plum blossoms


year unknown

the cloth monkey
in high spirits...
plum blossoms


year unknown

plum blossom scent--
at the fox's hole
red beans and rice


year unknown

plum tree--
on my hut's unlucky side
blooming!


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plum in full bloom--
a house without sake
can't be found


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even the heavenly gods
crowd 'round...
plum blossoms


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in my gate
thrust out, swaying
plum branch


year unknown

the first and best
of Shitaya Ward...
plum blossoms


year unknown

abandoned fan--
I return it
to the plum blossom thief


year unknown

not giving a damn
that plum blossoms fall...
his stern face


year unknown

the bird is singing
but it ain't blooming...
plum tree


year unknown

in the thicket
the plum blossoms scatter
languidly


year unknown

good timing!
at all 53 post towns
umbrella-hatted blossom viewers


year unknown

two voices that sound alike
make their way...
clouds of blossoms


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honestly--
even more than blossoms
I love dumplings!


year unknown

cherry blossoms--
under every tree
a Buddha on display


year unknown

world of blossoms--
even the stone Buddhas
parents and children


year unknown

world of blossoms--
even the holy Jizos
parents and children


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cherry blossoms--
around grandpa's waist
a name tag


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sky-blue parasols
one by one...
blossoms at their peak


year unknown

onto the paper amulet
cherry blossoms
scatter


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fussing, fussing
in the blossom shade...
gamblers


year unknown

when cherry blossoms
scatter...
no regrets


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curled to sleep--
the important official
in cherry blossom shade


year unknown

my dirty blossom-viewing
robe...
I look like Kyorai!


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my blossom-viewing umbrella-hat...
but all day
straw sandals in such a state!


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a vegetable hodgepodge
on butterbur leaves...
cherry blossom shade


year unknown

rap-a-tap
who's that coming
to view the blossoms?


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carrying his mother
and leading his child by the hand...
cherry blossoms!


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"No soldiers
allowed!"
say the cherry blossoms


year unknown

cherry trees in bloom--
yet some folks
are tired of them


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the home village
I abandoned...
cherry trees in bloom


year unknown

grandma's rice cakes
and papa's cherry tree
in bloom!


year unknown

cherry blossoms
I waited and waited for...
countryside


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O cherry blossoms
fall! fall!
enough to fill my belly


year unknown

a thousand gallons
shower from the eaves...
cherry blossoms


year unknown

even an old man
has New Year's eyes...
cherry blossoms


year unknown

gate's cherry tree
all this flit-flit flitting
is work!


year unknown

a hearty meal
in Great Japan...
cherry blossoms


year unknown

without you--
the cherry blossoms
just blossoms


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cherry trees in bloom--
warmed by a brazier
blossom-gazing


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trickling from
a village child's sleeve...
cherry blossoms


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the master being dead
just ordinary...
cherry blossoms


year unknown

cherry blossoms fall--
come out and play
devil in me!


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cherry blossoms scatter--
even the devil in me
has lost his horns


year unknown

in falling cherry blossoms
growling to Amida Buddha...
temple dog


year unknown

the neighbor expresses
his condolences...
late-blooming cherry tree


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lying down in a row--
discussing the distant
cherry blossoms


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lording over
the vegetable patch...
a cherry tree in bloom


year unknown

a corrupt world
in its latter days...
but cherry blossoms!


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Shinano's deep wooded mountains
even in Fifth Month...
cherry blossoms


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pouring onto
the faces of sinners...
cherry blossoms


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peach blossoms--
riding a dog
the naughty boy


year unknown

keeping their cool--
the crow
the willow


year unknown

the sleeping puppy
paws
at the willow


year unknown

the willow at my gate
droops
just because


year unknown

to the old woman
doing laundry, the willow
waves goodnight


year unknown

waking from sleep--
drip-dripping willow
in the night


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cemetery font--
the willow at the gate
washes its hands


year unknown

moon to the right
water to the left...
the evening willow


year unknown

water rising--
the shrimp crawls up
the willow


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peeking out
from the willow tree...
face of a fox


year unknown

a bush warbler sounding
a bit more summery...
dewy eaves


year unknown

waking from summer sleep--
going moon-gazing
on the levee


year unknown

at high noon
for high and low...
I'm alone


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summer night--
the moon by the river
just a sliver


year unknown

in the summer night
it's a pillow...
Mount Tsukuba


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popping open
in the short summer night...
cherry blossoms


year unknown

answering prayers
for the grasses...
summer heat


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hot night in the trees--
I'm getting used to it
arm for a pillow


year unknown

today too, heat
and tomorrow, more heat?
house in the trees


year unknown

quiet and still
I eat my white rice...
the heat


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from the barnyard grass
at the gate, rising...
the heat


year unknown

under thatched eaves
cool as the cool air...
birdsong


year unknown

facing the cool breeze
straight on...
a lake


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cool air--
"Third Month has passed!'
sings the bird


year unknown

the cool breeze
through my neighbor's bamboo
just a remnant


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morning cool--
fishing for soup stock
in his back door sea


year unknown

cool air--
my love chases a mosquito
with a ladle


year unknown

people are people
I am me...
in my cool house


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cool air--
he beckons with his fan
a rain of coins


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three raindrops
a greeting card from heaven...
midsummer heat


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June rain--
in a mountain field at night
voices


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in June rain
tucked among bamboo...
farmhouse


year unknown

vines today
morning glories tomorrow...
June rain


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a small child
a bundle of hay on his back...
June rain


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at my gate
even darkness is tiny...
Fifth Month


year unknown

if that's not Hachibei's
tears coming down...
Rain of the Tiger


year unknown

rainstorm--
a beggar with his potted
pine


year unknown

showing off
with a cloudburst...
mountain's water


year unknown

the cloudburst
is pouring down again...
run for it!


year unknown

green willow--
bathed in sunlight
from billowing clouds


year unknown

billowing clouds
tomorrow too won't collapse...
sunset


year unknown

after the evening meal
they gather...
billowing clouds


year unknown

tomorrow morning
a humdrum river beach again?
summer moon


year unknown

summer moon--
this river beach crowd
gone tomorrow


year unknown

the man's whiteness
walking in the house's shadow...
summer moon


year unknown

wind on the greenery--
the weary faces
of people


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to where the grazing
horse lies...
wind on the greenery


year unknown

the summer mountain
leans
on the cove


year unknown

touching the princess lily's
heart...
pure water


year unknown

selling straw sandals
in the shade, an old man...
pure water


year unknown

green rice field--
grabbing the chopsticks
he watches


year unknown

chopsticks in hand
his steady gaze
on the green rice field


year unknown

even poorly planted
rice plants
slowly, slowly...green!


year unknown

little snail
inch by inch, climb
Mount Fuji!


year unknown

to the great river
fleas go flitting...
rite of purification


year unknown

crow and bush warbler
pass through it too...
purification hoop


year unknown

the perfect thing
for an old-time evening...
thatch of irises


year unknown

an insect singing?
look! look!
thatch of irises


year unknown

Great Japan!
even a beggar's house
has a summer banner


year unknown

weary cormorant--
no festival holiday
for you


year unknown

mopping sweat--
at his tomb I tell my story
then go


year unknown

even the little girl
poses like a saint...
new summer robe


year unknown

taking a tiny trip
to see and be seen...
new summer robes


year unknown

new summer robes--
listening to the pine breeze
they emerge


year unknown

amid scented cedars
a bush warbler's song...
new summer robes


year unknown

after morning's hot bath
trying it on...
summer kimono


year unknown

one and all
in white summer kimonos...
riverbank


year unknown

temple toddler--
how long will you wear
your little red kimono?


year unknown

evening's old
summer kimono...
my world


year unknown

at my gate--
one straw mat
my summer room


year unknown

secluded house--
if I die may the bamboo blinds
still be green


year unknown

a rain shower--
in her little mosquito net
touched by the breeze


year unknown

tomorrow night and the next
the same...
in my mosquito net, alone


year unknown

on the deer's back
the songbird takes
a siesta


year unknown

curled to sleep
just like people do...
monkey's siesta


year unknown

pine tree shade--
he beckons with his fan
a rain of golden coins


year unknown

after re-papering
the first thing I fan...
duckweed


year unknown

how pretty
over smudge pot smoke...
rising sun


year unknown

in smudge pot smoke
blooming red...
what flower is that?


year unknown

garden after garden
smudge pot smoke wafts
insects chirr


year unknown

in a beach breeze
my travels forgotten...
evening cool


year unknown

in pine tree shade
people take turns...
cool air


year unknown

everyone kick off
your straw sandals!
evening cool


year unknown

everyone keep on
your straw sandals!
evening cool


year unknown

not knowing the bell's
deep meaning...
evening cool


year unknown

evening cool--
with my feet counting
the mountains of Shinano


year unknown

turning to face
my soot-blackened house...
evening cool


year unknown

as night falls
even next to a sewer...
cool air


year unknown

rainy day--
alone and diligent
planting rice


year unknown

even asking directions
I hesitate...
rice planters


year unknown

a shameful waste--
napping, hearing
the rice-planting song


year unknown

Shinano road--
higher and higher
rice-planting songs


year unknown

you, too, bush warbler
go with an umbrella-hat!
rice-planting song


year unknown

summer ice delivered
safe and sound...
sleeping late


year unknown

not quite five feet
of sweet jelly strands...
deep tree shade


year unknown

Great Japan!
under shady trees deer
parents and children


year unknown

making the fawn
awake and alert...
plume grass


year unknown

don't teach your tricks
to the fawn!
cawing crows


year unknown

plume grass, bush clover--
the fawn
acquires wisdom


year unknown

in bush clover
staying well hidden...
a fawn


year unknown

is the night this nice
back at the hut?
cuckoo


year unknown

are you feasting
on tofu dregs too?
cuckoo


year unknown

where were you poked
to make that sound...
cuckoo?


year unknown

stepping one foot
in an Edo garden
"Cuckoo!"


year unknown

sing softly!
a samurai lives next door
cuckoo


year unknown

after dawn hits
the willow...
a cuckoo sings


year unknown

don't peck that
morning glory!
mountain cuckoo


year unknown

the priceless bush warbler
warbles
even in summer


year unknown

bush warbler--
don't catch old age!
thatched hut


year unknown

bush warbler--
don't catch old age!
house in the trees


year unknown

taking credit
for the good wind...
reed warbler


year unknown

divine wind--
a snake shows the Way
on a mountain road


year unknown

a flower big
as an umbrella-hat...
fly there firefly!


year unknown

mosquito smudge smoke--
soon the fireflies
leave too


year unknown

in fresh-sold
grass, look!
the first firefly


year unknown

reed-thatched house--
the midday fireflies
at their peak


year unknown

don't step there!
that's where an evening
firefly went


year unknown

from the tea water
flume also comes...
a firefly


year unknown

sold with a clump
of grass...
firefly cage


year unknown

come, firefly!
firefly, come!
drinking alone


year unknown

left out all night
the tofu gleams...
mosquitos


year unknown

evening falls--
the whine of mosquitos
so pretty


year unknown

after prayers
bitten also by mosquitos
of Kyoto


year unknown

midday's mosquitos
hidden behind
the Buddha of stone


year unknown

where the fly on my arm
rubbed his hands...
swat!


year unknown

swattting at a fly--
a butterfly too
rushes away


year unknown

"It's a good year!"
they buzz...
flies at the gate


year unknown

this rice field is
good! good!
buzz the flies


year unknown

into the river
fleas are tossed...
sunrise


year unknown

to Musashi Plain
fleas sent flying...
dawn


year unknown

my skinny fleas
so pitiful...
left to house-sit


year unknown

on a pleasure walk
up the mountain...
temple flea


year unknown

until the winged ants
come out
my fortunate hut


year unknown

if you're praying
pray to Amida Buddha!
summer cicadas


year unknown

at my house
late-summer bonito
and bright moon


year unknown

in blooming bindweed
airing out his loincloth...
little boy


year unknown

moonflowers--
from the bamboo
fence blooming


year unknown

carrying a poppy
he passes through
the crowd


year unknown

virtue beyond virtue
beauty beyond beauty...
just a poppy!


year unknown

it makes me measure it
with a fan...
the peony


year unknown

petals scattered
by the sweeper's butt...
peony


year unknown

scent of lotuses--
wafting in the air
above my siesta


year unknown

suddenly
the dog stops barking...
lotus blossoms!


year unknown

blooming pinks
behind and in front
of holy Jizo


year unknown

duckweed--
with a little sedge hat
rescuing a fish


year unknown

to the top
of Mount Fuji in the morning...
tossing rice plants


year unknown

Kisa Lagoon--
sparkling with fireflies
the rice planting boat


year unknown

blooming in a nook
of ripened wheat...
camellias


year unknown

newborn bamboo--
straight up the rising sun
climbing


year unknown

the thicket's bamboo
like all young folk...
agitated


year unknown

bamboo shoot shadows
cross the river...
rising sun


year unknown

the tallest
of the bamboo shoots...
sickly


year unknown

in leafy shade
a melon for a pillow...
a kitten


year unknown

my hut--
the only cooling melon
is the moon


year unknown

the gateway shelters
fresh green leaves...
a rainy day


year unknown

wisteria dangles
to its heart's content...
fresh green leaves


year unknown

making the lawn
a sit-down teahouse...
summer trees


year unknown

the preacher's
hand gestures...
the summer trees


year unknown

the big temple
looks empty...
summer trees


year unknown

no lazing by the gate
they husk chestnuts...
deep tree shade


year unknown

persimmon blossoms
falling...
only now noticed


year unknown

deutzia blossom hedge--
famous straw sandals
for sale


year unknown

circled by a hedge
of wild roses...
mountain home


year unknown

fondled and squeezed
Edo's mushrooms
blush red


year unknown

added to
holy Jizo's jewel...
a plum


year unknown

moon at the gate--
as the heat dwindles
so do people


year unknown

just like darkness
it sneaks in...
autumn cold


year unknown

by the next room's lamplight
I sleep...
a cold night


year unknown

night in the hut
is carousing-time...
a cold night


year unknown

at my hut
cold nights, cold days...
ah well


year unknown

looking at the mountain
looking at the sea...
autumn evening


year unknown

at the inn
the autumn evening
is forgotten


year unknown

a crab hanging on
to a reed...
autumn night


year unknown

every little island
fist after fist...
autumn dusk


year unknown

the night is long
my bottle, empty
my house, set apart


year unknown

evening cicada--
a last burst of song
to autumn


year unknown

frost has formed
on the futon...
Milky Way above


year unknown

charming--
in rural bamboo too
the Milky Way


year unknown

where the moon is rising
the home village's
cove


year unknown

on the river back home too
no doubt...
moon-gazing


year unknown

tonight's moon--
no mountain not like
the ones back home


year unknown

tonight's moon--
how many mountains resemble
the ones back home?


year unknown

tonight's moon--
mountains just like
the ones back home


year unknown

harvest moon--
side by side with the boat
a Heike crab


year unknown

counting mountains
like the ones back home...
moon-gazing


year unknown

elsewhere, no doubt
someone's viewing this island
this moon


year unknown

harvest moon--
unbefitting a woman
in a cheek scarf


year unknown

prayer beads dangling
a harvest moon prayer...
mountain home


year unknown

it's become a top-notch night
of harvest moon!
rain-drenched grass


year unknown

it's become a top-notch night
of harvest moon!
wildflowers


year unknown

harvest moon night
on the mountain, like any other...
autumn rain


year unknown

harvest moon--
hiding with their coats
lust and piss


year unknown

harvest moon--
sitting cross-legged
like Buddha


year unknown

while the water
I sprinkled is drying...
autumn wind


year unknown

Sumiyoshi's lamps
die out again...
autumn wind


year unknown

looking at smoke
I always look at...
autumn wind


year unknown

mountain path--
today beginning to feel
the autumn wind


year unknown

sunny spot--
autumn wind from the grass
strikes my very self


year unknown

autumn wind--
singing in the duckweed
how many insects?


year unknown

a bird takes flight--
a shout in the duckweed
autumn wind


year unknown

a barracks amid waves
of reeds gone to seed...
autumn gale


year unknown

when it comes inside
it dances full fury...
autumn gale


year unknown

splish-splash
a warm rain falls...
autumn gale


year unknown

warm rain falling
splish-splash...
autumn gale


year unknown

autumn gale--
but the new leaves
hang tough


year unknown

rainbow over the mountain
yet on the lake
an autumn gale


year unknown

sleeping mat--
the autumn gale blowing
the soles of my feet


year unknown

just the other day
we said goodbye...
dewy grave


year unknown

in the silver dew
one sleeve cold...
rising sun


year unknown

even on ashes
walking is scary...
dewy stones


year unknown

in the base
of a droplet of dew...
such riches!


year unknown

if someone asks
answer: it's a dewdrop
OK?


year unknown

unaware of life
passing like dewdrops...
they frolic


year unknown

even among silver
dewdrops...
some big, some little


year unknown

lightning flash--
in plume grass
a fifty-year-old face


year unknown

the lightning flash
makes someone cry...
cooling at the gate


year unknown

in morning fog
a frenzy of drops
from the tree


year unknown

autumn fog--
the river beach's pinks
have bloomed in a flash


year unknown

the orphan child
summons his mother
clapping


year unknown

the youngest child
on the grave visit
brings the broom


year unknown

stoking it
to find my shoes...
lantern for the dead


year unknown

clacking outside
straight from bed...
Bon dance clogs


year unknown

on a little mat
a woman in an underskirt
watches stars meet


year unknown

a gathering of stars--
children, grandchildren
great-great-grandchildren


year unknown

upstream a village
for just a little while...
fireworks


year unknown

silence--
the mountain's fireworks
fly into water


year unknown

in a flash the lake
is filled...
with fireworks!


year unknown

for a moment
our darkness is lit...
fireworks


year unknown

at verandah's edge
two-penny fireworks
in the night


year unknown

defeated sumo wrestler--
his father
must be watching


year unknown

protecting the camphor tree
too...
scarecrow


year unknown

like people
an upright scarecrow
can't be found


year unknown

my old age--
even facing a scarecrow
ashamed


year unknown

when I ask the way
to Obasute...
pounding cloth


year unknown

an abundance
of cooking smoke...
evening cloth-pounding


year unknown

cloth-pounding near
cloth-pounding far...
a rainy night


year unknown

into the grass
at the shrine, pouring...
new sake


year unknown

pleasure boat--
on the mountain a deer
calls his wife


year unknown

making a duet
with my flute...
cry of a deer


year unknown

solitude--
that song the shrike
is singing!


year unknown

a shrike sings--
rain puddles dry
on the back road


year unknown

edge of the thicket--
the shrike's
naughty frog


year unknown

the snipe's eyes
locked on me...
evening


year unknown

calmly opening
sleeping eyes a bit...
little snipe


year unknown

pine tree wind--
between me and a snipe
it blows


year unknown

geese landing--
the farmer's field too
a famous site


year unknown

with each goose
it's more like autumn...
dawn


year unknown

celestial geese--
none of them come down
to my pine


year unknown

geese at my gate--
another seductive rain
falls today


year unknown

geese descend--
the ancient reeds
a famous site


year unknown

geese honking--
in this year of suffering
just one harvest moon


year unknown

the titmice split
to the left and right...
Yashima Island


year unknown

high tide--
atop the moon's head
insects singing


year unknown

the insect's song
on the paper door
lingers


year unknown

still singing
the insect drifts away...
floating branch


year unknown

the bagworm
sings a song dangling
from a branch


year unknown

the bagworm
sings a song...
"I love rice cake!"


year unknown

a cicada chirrs--
my shadow's umbrella-hat
makes a halo!


year unknown

sunset--
the town is buzzing
with dragonflies


year unknown

the dragonfly's
100 prayer pilgrimage...
Mount Atago


year unknown

the discarded
umbrella-hat is loaded...
with locusts


year unknown

rustle, rustle
leaping at my shins...
locusts


year unknown

a quick dip
in the water bowl...
locust


year unknown

song of the katydid--
even the field cow
a connoisseur


year unknown

laugh at my piss
and shudder...
katydid


year unknown

when I die
guard my grave
katydid!


year unknown

cheeks stuffed
with a red flower
the katydid sings


year unknown

don't get hoarse
katydid! tomorrow is
autumn too


year unknown

the old dog
looks as if he's listening...
earthworms sing


year unknown

in a little nook
basking in the sun...
hermit chrysanthemum


year unknown

the smell of sake
around about dusk...
chrysanthemum


year unknown

cat's bell--
in the long night the chrysanthemum
has bloomed


year unknown

the emaciated chrysanthemum
totters
into bloom


year unknown

for the big
chrysanthemum too
autumn ends quickly


year unknown

morning glories
softly floating...
in the teacup


year unknown

the shrine's bell
jingles, a morning glory
blooms


year unknown

shaking her body
in the summer rain...
maiden flower


year unknown

they call this
the "Saga of Kanto"...
red autumn ivy


year unknown

one shrub
blocks the path...
blooming bush clover


year unknown

woven into
the deer fence...
bush clover blooms


year unknown

in dishevelled bush clover
thinking he's a deer...
sleeping cat


year unknown

blooming looseleaf--
just to touch it
starts autumn


year unknown

face to face
with blooming cock's comb...
field watchman


year unknown

mountain field--
blooming buckwheat's whiteness
makes me shiver


year unknown

touched by
the early sunset...
buckwheat blossoms


year unknown

creeping straight
into the spiderweb...
yam's new sprout


year unknown

the rice thresher shoulders
four or five boards...
sunset


year unknown

scent of rice plants
hits my empty stomach...
sunshine


year unknown

harvesters crossing
left some on the bridge...
rice ears


year unknown

it's cold!
a cicada in the eaves
with hot peppers


year unknown

plumes of plume grass--
the thin hearts
swishing


year unknown

autumn wind--
on this rugged mountain
sumo grass


year unknown

evening's fall colors--
the rainbow in the valley
fades away


year unknown

the shrine's snipe
spots a red leaf...
snatches it


year unknown

removing two quarts
of red leaves...
waterwheel


year unknown

when I return
people are few...
red leaves


year unknown

to a place
the cool air missed...
a leaf falls


year unknown

the roasted rice cake
wrapped for luck...
paulownia leaf


year unknown

splendidly blooming
en masse, midday's
roses of Sharon


year unknown

a splendid mountain home
and roses
of Sharon


year unknown

the early sun
reaches the valley...
roses of Sharon


year unknown

butterflies never
tire of them...
roses of Sharon


year unknown

roses of Sharon--
the hedge too good
for the house


year unknown

roses of Sharon--
in a village
mostly empty


year unknown

roses of Sharon--
too good for the house
they bloom


year unknown

its shadow moves
across the tatami mat...
the gourd


year unknown

the result
of autumn's first day...
gourds


year unknown

after cutting
the sponge gourd vine...
strangers


year unknown

horse chestnut--
how many days till you roll
down the mountain?


year unknown

having a tumble
with the acorn...
kitten


year unknown

tumbling along
without troubles...
nutless chestnut


year unknown

roasted chestnuts
indiscreetly aimed...
at the god


year unknown

burry chestnuts
get sent too...
blossoming Kyoto


year unknown

rain is over--
on the post a splendid
mushroom


year unknown

pointing them out
with a folding fan...
mushrooms


year unknown

always found
right underfoot...
mushrooms


year unknown

spore-splashed grass--
popping up one by one
mushrooms


year unknown

looking like
it's Matsubara-grown...
this mushroom


year unknown

watching the first mushroom
grow in his hand...
little boy


year unknown

peephole--
in comes moonlight
in comes the cold


year unknown

though I'm loving
these travels of mine...
it's cold!


year unknown

"a man"
signs the guest book...
a cold night


year unknown

cold night--
by a hot tub's gleam
he stitches


year unknown

my dinner tray lit
by the next room's lamplight...
winter cold


year unknown

the gate unused
to see blossoms or moon...
winter cold


year unknown

it's time for
lazy carousing...
winter cold


year unknown

withering
on the fence by the gate...
ice ball


year unknown

clamoring geese--
over there is the year
ending too?


year unknown

an arm for a pillow--
the year ends
or doesn't end


year unknown

first winter rain--
going out to buy
dinner


year unknown

Kyoto--
falling straight down
the first winter rain


year unknown

the mountain pigeon
grumbles...
winter rain


year unknown

the winter rain
dumps and dumps...
Buddha in the field


year unknown

mountain temple--
on bean-parching day
the first winter rain


year unknown

the door latch
rusting deep red...
winter rain


year unknown

the blooming cockscomb
dies standing up...
steady winter rain


year unknown

winter rain--
the lame chicken
limps away


year unknown

the mountain hermit's
fire is rising...
winter rain


year unknown

winter wind--
behind the wall
Echigo mountains


year unknown

winter wind--
"No Soliciting" on roadside
edict boards


year unknown

winter wind--
the great temple hall
is ceiling-less


year unknown

winter wind--
he can't find his roost
the evening crow


year unknown

stone still
he lets the snow fall
colt in the pasture


year unknown

falling snow--
yesterday it wasn't there
"House for Rent" sign


year unknown

looking delicious
the snow falling softly
softly


year unknown

warm and snug
blanketed with snow...
little house


year unknown

burst of snowfall--
a mad dash
to tree shade


year unknown

into deep snow
the dog dives...
letting me pass


year unknown

such gloom--
the sky looks certain
to snow


year unknown

they crave food
in the snowy village...
smoke rising


year unknown

watching snow fall
from a side window...
splendid palanquin


year unknown

on a snowy night
a neighbor's mill-pounding
echoes


year unknown

every snowy evening
the lights come on...
houses


year unknown

keeping the beat
of the prayer to Buddha...
hailstones


year unknown

winnowing basket--
chopsticks, a charm
and hailstones


year unknown

a mirage running
and hiding...
withered fields


year unknown

Basho's Death Day--
a round freshly
shaved head


year unknown

Basho's Death Day--
the visitor offers a supper
of buckwheat noodles


year unknown

Basho's Death-Day--
another year of good health
for my journey's lice


year unknown

midwinter bathing--
his head in the water
the moon


year unknown

sweeping the soot
washing the pine...
sickle moon


year unknown

remote field--
even in a thicket
Twelfth Month singers!


year unknown

the beautiful courtesan
pets the child...
Twelfth Month singer


year unknown

is the next batch of rice cakes
for the crow?
Saiho Temple


year unknown

pounding rice cakes--
even the god of wealth
watches eagerly


year unknown

from their son in Edo
a gift for country parents...
new clothes


year unknown

Ryogoku Bridge--
even on a boat, people
drinking away the year


year unknown

about ten years old--
the calendar
on my hut's wall


year unknown

mother and children
are separated...
hunted birds


year unknown

the fleeing bird
turns back to her children
turns back...


year unknown

mother hides her
winter-chapped skin...
night nursing


year unknown

at Basho's grave
beginning with a prayer...
first paper robe


year unknown

grumble, grumble
in the winter quilt..
nagging


year unknown

hey mice
no pissing on my old
winter quilt!


year unknown

the boat arrives--
peeling off
the quilts


year unknown

snowshoes--
children show me how
to put them on


year unknown

a man pulls a snow sled
a dog atop
the cargo


year unknown

the big dog
wriggles in butt-first...
snow shed


year unknown

the market vendor
among deep mountain trees...
winter seclusion


year unknown

completely leaving behind
the full moon...
winter seclusion


year unknown

the "I'm out" sign
in itself...
winter seclusion


year unknown

hey you kids
my Benkei brazier
is my affair


year unknown

warming a tree
that will turn to gold...
winter brazier


year unknown

for the little boy
it's a doll...
winter brazier


year unknown

red berries too
on the scale...
little charcoals


year unknown

making charcoal--
isn't that slice of sky
a floating world?


year unknown

weak with age--
can't even break kindling
with my knee


year unknown

a war lord too
draws near our fire...
Oi River


year unknown

giving a traveler
my place by the fire...
dawn


year unknown

straw-wrapped natto
smolders...
little wood fire


year unknown

my life alone--
all the way to Ryogoku Bridge
for medicinal meat


year unknown

after pufferfish soup
soon fans
are flitting


year unknown

making a face
he turns down the pufferfish soup...
children's teacher


year unknown

hey wren!
do you realize it's Ninth Month
30th day?


year unknown

speak softly--
the flock of plovers
bursts into flight


year unknown

why all the fuss
over the moon tonight?
shrieking plovers


year unknown

though it's a moon
of the twenty-ninth...
plovers shrieking


year unknown

Naniwa Bay--
from Mount Tawara
shrieking plovers


year unknown

don't be kicked
foolish bird!
flock of plovers


year unknown

at my gate rice cakes--
lover ducks
quacking


year unknown

no worries
in sight at my gate...
winter fly


year unknown

so languid-
Shinano Province's
winter flies


year unknown

cold--
the withered grasses
with prickles


year unknown

my gate--
just four or five radishes
in store


year unknown

the old willow
isn't a snake...
winter withering


year unknown

still I see them
how they were...
bare winter trees


year unknown

kneading soba
gazing out the back door...
winter trees


year unknown

an oak leaf this morning
fallen
in the tofu tub


year unknown

a mouse runs
to the empty bucket...
falling leaves


year unknown

look! we're the old couple
of Takasago...
raking leaves


year unknown

winter withering--
pestles and mortars
pound and grind


year unknown

winter withering--
rolling up the sleeping mat
there's a caterpillar


year unknown

the famous tree
leans toward the ground...
out-of-season blooms


year unknown

growing colder and colder
they break...
out-of-season blooms


year unknown

borrowing the umbrella-hat
daffodil...
sleeping sparrow


year unknown

such daffodils--
that hermitage
can't be a woman's


year unknown

daffodils wreathing
into the fence...
Mount Tsukuba


year unknown

listen! the sparrow
in bamboo is chirping
"Long live Japan!"


year unknown

baby crane--
you'll die in a thousand years
or one day


year unknown

even dawn's smoke
is elegant...
Hira mountains


year unknown

with sake secretly
borrowed from a neighbor...
a little party


year unknown

a soulful reply--
greeting the festival
palanquin


year unknown

"Daddy! Daddy!" cries
my straw raincoat bug...
a rainy night


year unknown

tea smoke--
an ordinary evening
turns marvellous


year unknown

today once again
forgetting to go home...
deep shade


1788

long spring day--
the eel catcher draws pictures
on water


1788

migrating servants--
even frogs and geese
cry when they part!


1788

dancing butterflies--
my journey forgotten
for a while


1788

solitude--
whichever way I turn...
violets!


1788

colorful birds
set free in the trees...
blossoms


1788

moss blossoms bloom
in a little crack...
stone Jizo


1788

harvest moon
again and again...
between waves


1788

in the sleeve
of the parched rice bag...
traveling stick


1789

every tree
with its calling card...
spring buds


1789

even Kisa Lagoon
isn't hateful today...
blossoming spring


1789

the cure for
this raucous world...
late cherry blossoms


1789

after getting drunk
even our talk...
double cherry blossoms


1789

Kisa Lagoon--
the sun rising
autumn dusk


1789

Kisa Lagoon--
from an island's shadow
a rice barge


1790

for three pennies
nothing but mist...
telescope


1790

another two miles
for tomorrow's walk...
summer moon


1790

mountain cuckoo--
early afternoon
on a mountain road


1790

up to now
people tramped there...
field of flowers


1790

mountain temple--
deep under snow
a bell


1790

messing up
the smooth-raked salt...
plovers


1791

heat shimmers--
looking like dear friends
two graves


1791

pheasant crying--
it's a plum blossom-filled
beggar's world now!


1791

resting his hands
on the green plum, asleep...
a frog


1791

the coastal wall--
camellias
in bloom


1791

my blossom comrades
when next we meet...
how many springs from now?


1791

I will return
to sweep the blossoms
under this tree


1791

descending the mountain
a cherry blossom-viewing mood
sets in


1791

shrine festival--
today I meet
Fourth Month flowers


1791

June rain--
where's your snow now
Shinano mountains?


1791

June rain--
evening doesn't hide
the mountain's holes


1791

running for cover
praising the cloudburst...
a farmer


1791

you can't fly
you can't ladle it...
mountain's pure water


1791

even the tree by the gate
safe and sound...
evening cool


1791

cuckoo--
is this rain falling
only on me?


1791

O mountain cuckoo
don't try being
like me!


1791

lotus blossoms--
just the place for discarded
lice


1791

thorny wild roses
"Step over us here!"
as they bloom


1791

Kisa Lagoon--
riding on the waves
insects singing


1791

driving rain--
shaded by the house
insects singing


1792

from meeting rooms
of pine and bamboo...
year's first dawn


1792

spring ends in the town--
umbrella-hat, bamboo blind
vendors


1792

soft spring breeze--
but the pine of Onoe
whispers it


1792

when will we meet again?
I'm off to the phosphorescent fires
in the far mist


1792

white clouds of mist
blow away...
the village's mountain


1792

turning into white waves
at night?
the far mist


1792

the plowman stacks
volcanic rocks...
evening


1792

sea foam--
in the fleeting wave
a Heike crab


1792

cutting off my hair
like a blossom-viewing party!
wicker umbrella-hat


1792

having father and mother
he stays home...
cherry blossom day


1792

have celestial maidens
descended to earth?
blossom clouds


1792

creeping through white
cherry blossom clouds...
the mountain


1792

high noon--
the reed warbler sings
to a silent river


1792

in the summer night
I'm covered with a bath towel...
the inn


1792

sandy field--
all muddy in the heat
Kujûkuri's coast


1792

cool air--
in just one dream
seventy miles!


1792

coolness!
everything in sight
at Kiyomigata


1792

the clouds changing
into stone...
Rain of the Tiger


1792

stillness--
in the depths of the lake
billowing clouds


1792

from deep in the cloud's
billows
thunder comes


1792

tucking them in
out I go...
summer moon


1792

melting in one
amazing night...
Mount Fuji's snow


1792

in the ox cart's tracks
the barrier outpost's
pure water


1792

soaking the comb
before combing the hair...
pure water


1792

Shizu, O Shizu!
with Shizuhata porcelain
scoop pure water


1792

in Kyoto
east, west, south, north...
summer kimonos


1792

mid-river
on three or four stools...
evening cool


1792

escorted by
phosphorescent fires...
the cool air


1792

moonlight--
evening's cool reaches
Akasaka


1792

skillful courtesans!
Okazaki courtesans!
enjoying evening's cool


1792

the horse's fart
wakes me to see...
fireflies flitting


1792

into my sake cup
to investigate?
flitting firefly


1792

let him pass
like a mosquito, a fly...
solitary priest


1792

Hamamatsu beach--
helping out the cicadas
singing waves


1792

blooming bindweed--
over the withered grass
it creeps


1792

the peony falls
spilling out yesterday's
rain


1792

the plum tree
with heart at peace...
leafing green


1792

Toh Temple--
just its pagoda shows
over the summer trees


1792

hey boatman
no pissing on the moon
in the waves!


1792

Matsushima--
clapping three or four times
then again, the moon


1792

blowing from the east
west south north...
autumn gale


1792

parting the rain
the evening fog ascends...
mountain


1792

dropping in on
the Weaver...
a shooting star


1792

defeated sumo wrestler--
is his father
watching too?


1792

Kamakura--
these days scarecrows
are the gatekeepers


1792

people depart
ten thousand lanterns dying...
cry of a deer


1792

among the crags
under the storm...
insects singing


1792

mountain's red leaves
the setting sun returns
to the sky


1792

cold night--
for me, myself and I
a sleepless vigil


1792

blown back
from the barrier gate...
the cold


1792

while I looked at the duckweed
the pond
froze


1792

night wind--
the shrine's icicles
reflect the lights


1792

the ice of the moat
cracking...
winter moon


1792

winter wind--
yet the inlet's birds
get along well


1792

mountain temple--
like trying to sleep
on winter wind


1792

outside, snow
inside, soot-caked...
my home


1792

snow mountain--
what crow
has had children?


1792

a long ride--
hailstones drumming
umbrella-hats


1792

first frost--
the beggar's stove
a welcome sight


1792

first frost--
one hates buckwheat noodles
one loves 'em


1792

firewood for the new year--
a mother
no child


1792

an old man's ways--
my backside warmed
by the wood fire


1792

a wood fire--
her shadow in the window
pulling thread


1792

warming up
straw-wrapped fried rice...
my wood fire


1792

a windbreak
in the winter withering...
mountain home


1793

blossoms--
from this morning on
39 springs to go


1793

a Servants' Holiday
teashop sign
The Flail Weapon


1793

Great Japan!
even mid-journey a bowl
of rice cake soup


1793

govern the people--
even picking New Year's herbs
they suffer


1793

spring peace--
the neighbor's kimono
unsewn and washed


1793

more charming ladies
day by day...
spring days!


1793

long spring day--
even in this no man's land
a reply letter


1793

frost-white flowers--
spring ends
with you


1793

heat shimmers--
the rising sun
crosses the threshold


1793

a village child
makes a river branch...
melting snow


1793

such is life--
the burning field's bugs
a feast for birds


1793

the plowman
shows me a shortcut...
evening


1793

even birds
make nests...
beggars under the bridge


1793

evening falls--
the kite and the lark
come down


1793

birds in the clouds
people in the sea...
a holiday


1793

at the rock's base
the frog's siesta...
high noon


1793

lying down to sleep
plucking the new grass...
sunbather


1793

camellia blossoms
come falling in...
bamboo grove


1793

my sleepy mind
counting cherry blossoms...
a rainy night


1793

driving rain--
pouring over the blossoms
a temple bell


1793

when the snake comes out
there's a brave soldier...
blossom viewers


1793

cool air--
with one cracked pot
my life alone


1793

meeting at the fence--
an early summer rain
streams down


1793

"A cloudburst!"
his voice like it's New Year's
Day Three


1793

summer moon--
in the vacant lot a ruckus
of voices


1793

mountain wind--
house after house
with summer banners


1793

a new summer robe--
for a little while
no lice


1793

through green bamboo blinds
a pretty woman
in white


1793

night work--
outside the mosquito net
she thinks of her child


1793

his child massages
his shoulders...
cool air at the gate


1793

burning mosquitos--
in the paper lamp
my dear one's face


1793

only one
fans my ear...
mosquito


1793

getting lost--
I follow the mosquito's whine
to the cheap inn


1793

staying up late
swatting at mosquitos...
moon over the garden


1793

proud branches
are trimmed...
fresh leaves of the hedge


1793

Great Japan--
buried in lush leaves
a Jesus-Buddha


1793

chrysanthemum month--
for every mountain village
days of sake


1793

out of sake
such is my life alone...
a cold night


1793

his grinding teeth
wake me...
a cold night


1793

autumn evening--
a traveling man busy
stitching


1793

not only waiting
for the harvest moon to rise...
streetwalker


1793

autumn wind--
Oi River has reached
full volume


1793

field of flowers--
whose umbrella-hat
marked you?


1793

hands clapping
mother teaches her child
the dance


1793

in the lake
by a mandarin duck...
shooting star


1793

draining the rice field--
a fish also
heads home


1793

shrine fence--
raw sake raises
a ruckus of voices


1793

on the saddle
three, four, six...
locusts


1793

katydid--
for a little while
on my futon


1793

driving rain--
in Twelfth Month a man
passes by


1793

dark clouds--
climbing a mountain
of fallen snow


1793

his livelihood--
blind masseur playing flute
in the snow


1793

snowy morning--
first I dig a path
to my hermitage


1793

walking behind
a traveler...
path through snow


1793

distant sight--
in withered fields
a little house's lamp


1793

Great Japan!
even for a Buddhist temple
Ise Shrine's calendar


1793

Great Japan--
a foreigner also attends
the year's end service!


1793

winter seclusion--
cooking a chicken
praising Buddha


1793

squeezing in next
to my lover...
quilt-covered brazier


1793

watchtower--
on the Fuji-facing side
a brazier


1793

an all-day job--
digging one small chunk
of firewood


1793

waking up at dawn
top priority...
check banked fire


1793

from crappy ground
to the plum tree
the wren


1793

after the suicide
drowning...
mandarin ducks play


1793

Great Japan!
accustomed to the boat
a waterfowl sleeps


1793

winter withering
leaves light in the window...
rainy evening


1793

winter withering--
amid the storm
a sacred lantern


1793

winter withering--
over flattened plume grass
a path


1793

winter withering--
even the cherry tree
a place for straw


1793

winter withering--
tumbling now and then
vegetable seeds


1793

winter withering--
people's voices criticize
the pine fire


1793

sasanqua tree--
blooming where permitted
by the grapevine


1794

I too celebrate
with zoni...
spring journey


1794

in the year's first dream
my home village...
tears


1794

pushing up through
the dust...
a New Year's flower


1794

lovers parting--
looking back at her house
until only mist


1794

opening the window
I see the butterfly off...
into the field


1794

Mount Taka--
while viewing blossoms
a temple pilgrimage


1794

Narazaka--
even as night's blossoms bloom
the cry of a deer


1794

peach blossoms--
a belated "Happy New Year!"
for the inn's guests


1794

the tea smoke
and the willow
together trembling


1794

summer dawn--
riding an ox, asleep
the hay cutter


1794

evening sun cradles
the mountain's back...
the heat


1794

cool air--
the half moon moves
across a puddle


1794

bamboo grove--
noisy wind
from a cloudburst elsewhere


1794

my walking stick
sends the trash floating...
cloudburst


1794

billowing clouds--
the mountains in the rain
all black


1794

peaks of clouds--
looking down, down...
Mount Aso's smoke


1794

the hated barnyard grass
rears its head...
green rice field


1794

"Rain's falling!"
in trees they cheer...
frogs


1794

in and out of raindrops
they swarm...
mosquitos


1794

while looking
at poppies, poppies...
a storm


1794

irises--
where that rainbow
starts from


1794

soon I'll sleep--
when night falls
night cold


1794

in the dewy field
one sleeve cold...
rising sun


1794

bad luck!
into the bonfire for the dead
a tiger moth


1794

perfect for forgetting
one's apprenticeship...
Bon Festival dance


1794

bonfire--
a scarecrow also ends up
in evening's smoke


1794

straight from the gods
unchanging colors...
pine and waves


1794

a gutter--
racing over ice
the cooking water


1794

winter moon--
more and more and more
tall peaks


1794

in first snow
last night's pine torch
remnant


1794

shady side of the house--
the blizzard blows
a pile


1794

lamplight flickers
in the smallpox shack...
a blizzard


1794

plowing the field--
the clatter
of hailstones


1794

morning frost melts
in the floodtide...
Shinto shrine


1794

on the morning frost
the blacksmith's sparks
spurting


1794

dawn frost--
at the bathhouse gate
knocking


1794

touched gently
by lamp-lit leaf shadows...
Shinto dancers


1794

morning after morning
damn roasted radishes!
winter seclusion


1794

backstreet--
helping with briquettes
a beautiful boy


1794

evening deepens--
burning, not burning
wood fire


1794

boar hunt--
swiftly through the plume grass
evening shouts


1794

burning leaves--
sweet potatoes wrapped
in black paper


1795

New Year's Day--
that I'm still on this journey
unbelievable


1795

even beggars toast
with sesame sake...
first of spring


1795

off on a journey
I'm not alone...
first inn of the year


1795

"Ah-choo!"
is someone gossiping about me?
spring journey


1795

one kettle
one willow tree...
this too is spring


1795

the servants
all are new...
Little New Year's


1795

my New Year's
lucky direction walk...
to cherry blossoms


1795

houses here and there
fly kites, three...four...
two


1795

New Year's kite--
out of green leaves
then back in


1795

far away--
gliding above the kite
a sailboat


1795

sunny day rain
has splashed the kite...
it seems


1795

rainy day--
a monkey dancing
wakes up another


1795

pounding the seven herbs
doesn't drown him out...
crow


1795

spring peace--
after rain, a gang war
garden sparrows


1795

spring peace--
the rained-on field's
morning smoke


1795

spring dew
is sparkling already...
moon in the pine


1795

the period of mourning
ends today...
spring rain


1795

waking up--
the spring rain hasn't cleared
the day hasn't ended


1795

spring rain--
one Buddhist sermon
two haiku


1795

spring breeze--
pilgrims on their way
to rites for the dead


1795

in hazy night
stepping into water...
losing my way


1795

morning mist--
the castle's shutters
bang open


1795

at the gate
how many thousands of bushels
of far mist?


1795

drawing water
it's tepid...
nostalgia for olden times


1795

duckweed is first
to float...
rice-seedling bed


1795

when did they go?
all the swallows' nests
empty


1795

larks in the sky
people in the sea...
a holiday


1795

frogs sing, roosters sing
the east
turns light


1795

a butterfly my companion
through Nana Field
we wander


1795

lying down
with a visiting butterfly...
outer hot spring


1795

amid the white
of little fishes...
duckweed's green


1795

Heike crabs--
long ago they moon-gazed here
on boats


1795

resigning himself
to this oceanless province...
pond snail


1795

wisteria in bloom--
voices of pilgrims
voices of birds


1795

plum blossom scent--
when I open my paper door
a bright moon


1795

for the plum blossom moon
I leave one open...
rain shutter


1795

I view three masters
of the original style...
plum blossom inn


1795

there comes a time
even in blossoming Kyoto...
sick of it


1795

to my upturned face
as I pray, blossoms
drip down


1795

amid his grave's
blossoms I bow...
missing him


1795

distant mountain--
looking at the blossoms
then hurrying on my way


1795

divine providence--
throughout Japan gods
guarding blossoms


1795

peach blossoms and willow
decorate the eaves...
blossom viewing


1795

rain on the eaves--
the potted cherry tree
calm and still


1795

an off-the-cuff haiku
for a poor crop...
mountain cherry blossoms


1795

turning 'round
just missing a pretty woman...
willow tree


1795

June rain--
the five thousand five hundredth
rented umbrella


1795

seaside pure water--
wish I had my tea setup
for this shady tree


1795

far distance--
above green rice fields
three mountains


1795

the cormorants stare
at them hard...
cormorant fishermen


1795

also changing
into a summer robe...
my journey's lice


1795

my new summer robe
splashed by hot
purification water


1795

for the potted bamboo
and me...
cool air


1795

daybreak--
the rooster-less village
has a cuckoo!


1795

the weary cormorant
sees off the cuckoo
in the sky


1795

temporary shrine--
acting like he owns it
a snail


1795

green plums--
the baddest of bad boys
bare-chested


1795

vast sky
vast earth
autumn passes too


1795

under dewy umbrella-hat
nodding off...
the dog barks!


1795

to Gichu Temple
we run...
first winter rain


1796

their traveling hats
looking small...
mist


1796

birds and people
creeping through...
cherry blossoms


1796

birds on the lake
all start honking...
a cold night


1796

like the others
on tatami mats...
moon-gazing


1796

in falling snow
in straw sandals
leaving the inn


1797

becoming a child
on New Year's Day...
I wish!


1797

tranquility--
Mishima Island's boats
sail to spring


1797

blue sky--
just when evening comes
autumn wind


1797

the grave's soil
welcomes its falling...
winter rain


1798

my New Year's toast
with straw sandals on...
dawn


1798

from the nose
of the sudden riser...
mist


1798

watching rain fall
on the rice seedlings...
from the doorway


1798

crackling in the rainstorm--
field fires
mountain fires


1798

amid mustard flowers
till the ten o'clock bell...
morning tea


1798

plum blossom moon--
descending the ladder
I see it


1798

this morning I'm one
of the pure-minded priests...
plum blossoms


1798

that temple bell
sounds like Ueno's...
clouds of blossoms


1798

the blossom clouds
over Mount Miwa...
pitch black


1798

cherry blossoms--
over there an edge
of Old Japan


1798

cherry blossom clouds--
over there an edge
of Old Japan


1798

in cool air
slicing the falling rain...
lightning!


1798

wind on the greenery--
a weary cloud
hangs over


1798

popping up to see my house
in windblown greenery...
the sun


1798

new tea aroma--
my midday sleepiness
shattered


1798

in the thick weeds
same as yesterday...
fireflies


1798

calling for fireflies
flashing past my face...
a firefly


1798

in an alley
beating fleas off a mat...
bright moon


1798

harvest moon--
when my heart's had its fill
it's dawn


1799

we didn't intend
to say goodbye this soon...
spring mist


1799

though Mount Obasute
is hateful...
such pure water


1799

evening mountain--
how long will the cold wind
blast?


1799

by the hearth
last night, his smile
was farewell


1800

up to yesterday
I saw you every day...
New Year's herbs


1800

in the blossoms
calling to me clumsily...
a little bird


1800

it seems to wash
the summer mountains...
sunrise


1800

Katsushika--
mostly rice planters
on the ferry


1800

chilled soup by the river
settles to clarity...
moonlight


1801

his lock is worthless
he's told...
plowing the rice field


1801

if my father were here--
dawn colors
over green fields


1801

wind shakes the bamboo grass--
mother deer
returns


1801

cuckoo--
today I'm in good spirits
too


1801

shooing flies too
today, as he sleeps
for the last time


1801

night after night
of pestering...
fleas, mosquitos


1801

at my feet
when did you get here?
snail


1801

splashing me
the survivor...
grassy dew


1802

New Year's pine--
alone, listening to
the evening rain


1802

eye-catching
over the sunset mountain...
a kite


1802

rice cake soup--
deep in mountains garnished
with sakaki leaves


1802

a yew plum pine
planted today...
listening to night's spring rain


1802

a hair cord maker's
white wooden clogs...
spring moon


1802

a river of broth
steaming...
spring moon


1802

from the temple's
noon bath rising...
spring mist


1802

heat shimmers--
snow in the little thicket
winking


1802

ice melting--
in the threshold
early evening's moon


1802

behind me I hear
the Fox Festival...
Ueno Hill


1802

no Fox Festival ruckus
on this hill...
plum blossoms


1802

Fox Festival--
what village is this
in the mountain's nook?


1802

below the bush warbler's
chin...
Awaji Island


1802

today they're flying
in the bathhouse town...
swallow swarm


1802

stopping to watch
the pines at dusk...
geese flying north


1802

darkening dusk--
in one hackberry tree
croaking frogs


1802

a meadow butterfly
bombarded by big raindrops
from the eaves


1802

flecked with sand
from the whirlwind...
little butterfly


1802

rain shower--
yesterday at this time
meadow butterflies


1802

someone's draped them
over the azaleas...
bracken


1802

one branch makes
Kyoto's sky...
plum blossoms


1802

like olden times--
plum blossoms here and there
evening's wooden drum


1802

cherry blossoms scatter--
the servant Taro
is relieved


1802

holding up
the hazy moon...
willow tree


1802

the main road
dry from drought...
midsummer


1802

pitter-patter rain--
a wild cormorant mother
cries on a branch


1802

from my bed
I peek outside...
new summer robes


1802

one feeble light
shining in the eaves...
firefly


1802

setting a turtle free
and with it...
a flea


1802

that one by itself
will be my star...
Milky Way


1802

a foot-deep flood
at the gate...
autumn wind


1802

in a lifeboat
parents and children...
welcome Tanabata


1802

in the bamboo grove
too late at night!
pounding cloth


1802

where there's a village
there's people...
the snipe flies off


1802

the snipes too
tired of standing...
treeless hill


1802

a snipe rises--
now let the evening
begin!


1802

gradually the geese
pass on...
rice field moon


1802

rain on the beach
stamping out
the wood fire


1803

removing my skullcap--
at everywhich gate
spring blossoms


1803

even at my penned-in
house...
spring blossoms


1803

"Spring begins"
just saying it...
green everywhere


1803

stretching his neck
the turtle waits too...
the year's first day


1803

even in our faces
the year's first dawn...
the emperor's pine


1803

ending the Servants' Holiday
on purpose...
sliver moon


1803

under a clear sky
on a mountain...
year's first archery


1803

at dawn
I start the spring...
borrowed clothes


1803

begging actors
play one more song!
spring snow


1803

the gruel cauldron
all clean and ready...
herbs in the field


1803

a tree stump at the edge
of his holy face...
picking herbs


1803

in the bamboo basket
only a bit, of course...
New Year's herbs


1803

right underfoot
for travelers...
field of New Year's herbs


1803

picking, picking
picking New Year's herbs...
who is it?


1803

into my sleeve
fresh-picked New Year's herbs...
Sumida River


1803

in the eaves
the remnants still cling...
blooming New Year's herbs


1803

the rooster also sings
to Great Japan...
on the rice cake mill


1803

serving as rooster
for Great Japan...
rice cake pounding


1803

let rice cake pounding
be your rooster...
Great Japan


1803

sign of spring--
even Kyoto's sparrows
start chirping


1803

small sign of spring--
snow sled leaning
against the fence


1803

on the blessed
Day of the Ox
the mountain, still cold


1803

digging out the well--
one more
sign of spring


1803

everyone's little sister
getting married...
sign of spring


1803

scattering onto
my purple sleeves...
spring snow


1803

Kitasaga--
in evening rain
a pestle from olden times


1803

at my dinner tray
a sparrow chirps...
spring rain


1803

spring rain--
pounding those rice cakes
house on a hill


1803

spring rain--
elsewhere the shrines
are wonderful


1803

a crow's feather
on a toasted rice cake...
spring rain


1803

spring breeze--
though deep in the grasses
my home village


1803

seeing Kyoto
I massage my shins...
spring mist


1803

on horseback
making a silent bow...
thin mist


1803

heat shimmers--
having lost a child
the bird's face


1803

melting snow--
at the foot of the mountain
a festival!


1803

saved from the fire
a nest in its beak...
the crow moves on


1803

when the bush warbler
moves into the pine...
voice of the pine


1803

bush warbler singing--
to the south a goose
clacking


1803

pine islands--
which one's good for sleeping
evening lark?


1803

evening lark--
which pine island's
your sleeping place?


1803

the dawn moon in raindrops
from the eaves...
the geese depart


1803

eating my rice
by lamplight...
the geese depart


1803

all eager to see
Mount Sarashina...
departing geese


1803

the rice field geese
all head north...
a lucky spring day


1803

geese flying north--
the stage barn's lamplight
in mist


1803

departing geese
what are you
gabbing about?


1803

departing geese
over Hokuroku Road
departing


1803

on the day of departure, too
she leads...
the widow goose


1803

the gateway's lamp
in mist...
the geese depart


1803

rain-drenched grass
moon in the pine...
the geese depart


1803

a fleeting moonlit
wedding night...
frogs singing


1803

even in the well bucket
croaking all night...
a frog


1803

jumping while croaking--
the frog in
rain-drenched grass


1803

picking mulberry leaves--
the baby on her back
stretches a hand


1803

with thin arms
stripping mulberry leaves...
night rain


1803

how many people
waiting for evening?
wisteria in bloom


1803

it seems likely
someone's at home...
plum blossoms


1803

plum trees bloom
bush warblers sing...
all alone


1803

plum moon--
facing the blossoms
sewer water


1803

a branch of blooming plum
awaits the thief...
evening


1803

don't let the plum
blossom guard cut your
tongues, sparrows!


1803

waited so long
for just one branch...
plum blossoms


1803

in Katsushika
how many connoisseurs!
plum blossoms


1803

at his house
though he's dirt-poor...
plum blossoms


1803

laying my hands on them
suddenly, a face...
plum blossoms


1803

guarding a house
with no live coals...
plum blossoms


1803

the owl
sees them first...
plum blossoms


1803

among the pines
all alone
a plum tree blooms


1803

tis the season
for taking a wife...
plum blossoms


1803

a harsh rain
falls at noon...
blossoming mountain


1803

off to one side
they're breath-taking...
blossom viewing


1803

an old man's
flattering laughter...
blossom shade


1803

blossom clouds--
the loyal retainers
of Old Japan


1803

evening falls--
a bird of prey flies
into blossoms


1803

by tomorrow
one mountain left...
cherry blossoms


1803

an ancient cherry tree
in bloom...
evening bell


1803

in a warm province
you see wheat...
mountain cherry blossoms


1803

a mountain where
no foot has stepped...
cherry blossoms


1803

these cherry blossoms
people eat...
Yoshino Hill


1803

the mountain cherry blossoms
fell yesterday...
visitors from Edo


1803

evening cherry blossoms--
people with homes
hurry home


1803

for the strange village
a prayer...
peach blossoms


1803

green willows
are the first thing seen...
Sumida River


1803

from here on
it's Great Japan!
willow trees


1803

it's still
a Sixth Month sky...
summer's last day


1803

short summer night--
at the gate a happy
hackberry tree


1803

short summer night--
a deer pokes her face
through the hedge


1803

hemp plants soak
in the pond a bit...
cooling off


1803

such cool air!
just ankle-deep
the little river


1803

from the treetop
gliding into midsummer...
bright moon


1803

tucking me in
they cover my lap...
midsummer clouds


1803

the house has become
one heap of ivy...
June rain


1803

every day
the briefest of stops...
June rain


1803

the house pillar
suddenly looks bent...
June rain


1803

in June rain
hidden by bamboo...
farmhouse


1803

June rain--
the second floor room
has wildflowers!


1803

even the branches
viewed from the second floor...
June rain


1803

little by little
work on the second floor...
June rain


1803

on the river's bank
already it's a moonlit night...
billowing clouds


1803

billowing clouds--
have the pine trees
shrunk a bit?


1803

emerging under
billowing clouds...
a little boat


1803

for the moment
straight above my pillow...
billowing clouds


1803

a vast river island
gone without a trace...
summer moon


1803

if you're a beggar
get out of Kyoto!
summer moon


1803

a so-called "summer moon"
one night
two nights...


1803

summer moon--
this river island then
and now


1803

summer moon--
the second-story dweller's
second-story view


1803

a big crop
for my neighbor's pear tree...
summer moon


1803

the scrawny pine, too
looks extravagant...
summer moon


1803

summer mountain--
one foot on it
for Mother's sake


1803

finally a clear sky
yet no moon...
summer mountain


1803

slicing off fat
on the summer mountain...
moonlight


1803

summer mountain--
with each step more
of the sea


1803

a rumble of thunder
in my empty stomach...
summer field


1803

now you can't tell
where the well is...
picking summer flowers


1803

in the outcaste village
overlooked...
summer banners


1803

behind the night fishing
light
in a grove


1803

rain showers
to the north and east...
fishing the night river


1803

the great lord
does the brushing...
horse's sweat


1803

chewing the side
of her candy stick...
summer kimono


1803

my everyday umbrella-hat
doesn't match it...
summer kimono


1803

seeing the green mountain
for the first time...
ladies with parasols


1803

I see Mokubo Temple
I see ladies
with parasols


1803

gate after gate
the rain has cleared...
green bamboo blinds


1803

wind blows--
lots of rips, my so-called
mosquito net


1803

his starched summer
robe his blanket...
siesta


1803

entrusting it
to the green willow...
my paper fan


1803

in morning shadows
he passes through the barrier gate...
with paper fan


1803

sweeping off three drops
of rain in passing...
paper fan


1803

moon on the sea--
he's under his fan
asleep


1803

my old face rests
in morning glories...
fanning my paper fan


1803

holding
such a pretty fan...
the widow


1803

downwind, an orchid
in moonlight...
smudge pot smoke


1803

descending Mount Fuji
blow! blow!
smudge pot smoke


1803

pounding rice cakes
to the west, to the east
smudge pots


1803

holding a lantern
tidying up...
evening cool


1803

in the foot-tall bamboo
night after night...
cool air


1803

speak of the devil!
a snipe takes flight...
evening cool


1803

one tree
one farmer's field...
evening cool


1803

this tree hates
to be touched...
evening cool


1803

planting a pine too
for after I die...
evening cool


1803

if you get too close
the hackberry tree will curse you!
evening cool


1803

pine sapling--
before long, strangers enjoy
evening's cool


1803

going too far
into the thick of thorns...
evening cool


1803

a promise
of cool air this evening...
moon at the gate


1803

planting bamboo
to be gloomy and dark...
evening


1803

bold with people
who come and go...
fawn


1803

fawn chasing
each other...
big brother, little brother


1803

a mother deer
so well hidden...
in the trees


1803

tucked in a nook
still unweaned...
the fawn


1803

lingering
under the paper umbrella...
a fawn


1803

the fawn's become
bold with people...
temple lawn


1803

dawn--
from atop the wheat
"Cuckoo!"


1803

on a low branch
a child's imitation...
mountain cuckoo


1803

so is haiku hell
over that-a-way...
mountain cuckoo?


1803

from the fir tree too
two are singing...
mountain cuckoos


1803

reed warbler--
the cow doesn't answer
his question


1803

chased away
from my napping spot...
mosquito-spurting grass


1803

lit by the mosquito-murdering
taper...
my white hair


1803

mosquito evening--
a monk driven away
from the tree


1803

a mosquito
all day it whines...
by my pillow


1803

left out all night
the tofu gleams...
mosquitos whine


1803

swatting at a fly
looking at
a mountain


1803

wind still blows
moon still shines...
inn of fleas


1803

the grasses' fleas
pitter-patter return...
lamplight's shade


1803

while the floating island
moves along...
cicada chorus


1803

for moonflowers
long time no see...
bright moon


1803

I'm becoming
a Moonflower Rich Man...
such stars!


1803

moon blossom--
above the tall grasses
it blooms alone


1803

moonflowers--
a warrior celebrates
the rain


1803

moonflowers--
the willow becomes
their moon


1803

moonflowers--
one by one the wind
rustles them


1803

heat shimmers
on top of heat shimmers...
poppies


1803

the tall pines
end up sunburned
O poppies!


1803

from the day they bloomed
drenched by rain...
poppies


1803

among footprints
of long-ago warriors...
poppies


1803

the gatekeeper's
side-field...
let the poppies bloom!


1803

awestruck
beneath the morning star...
hollyhocks


1803

at dawn
not a soul in sight...
lotus blossoms


1803

in the white lotuses
two or three strands
of willow


1803

even in the mouth
of the gutter pipe...
lotuses


1803

the scent of lotuses
in the back
house on a hill


1803

against the mountain pine
they're blown...
lilies


1803

staring at me
on and on...
toad in the lilies


1803

duckweed blooms--
and below that
a street


1803

duckweed--
a little black butterfly
flitting


1803

a Mount Fuji viewing spot
for wheat harvesters...
hackberry tree


1803

leftovers in the mountain
spring's ditch...
wheat harvest


1803

the wheat harvesters
show no mercy...
young bamboo


1803

just as young bamboo
start to rise...
lightning flash


1803

also running late--
my garden's
eggplants


1803

where the seedling
seller passed...
first eggplant


1803

one more day
of leafy shade for you...
eggplant


1803

on the gate's post
where the pony is tied...
fresh green leaves


1803

for the second day
the same big snake...
thick summer grasses


1803

every day
four or five fall...
Sleeping Tree's blossoms


1803

the green plum
also accepts the feeling
of the ant


1803

groping for plums--
the frog on the branch
is magnanimous


1803

autumn cold--
wherever I go people
have homes


1803

daylight--
this damned world
of cold autumn!


1803

nippy air--
far to my back
is Mount Tsukuba


1803

skin-chilling air
strolls into the land...
evening falls


1803

paying no heed
to morning's cold...
shoots of rice


1803

he checks the bamboo
with concern...
morning cold


1803

living too long
a cold night at the gate...
moon in bamboo


1803

beating the empty
straw bag--nothing!
a cold night


1803

by flickering lamplight
someone's face...
a cold night


1803

all I can see
a tree, a mountain...
a cold night


1803

while leaning on it
it's turned chilly...
the post


1803

all alone
the orphan bird chirps...
autumn dusk


1803

even the pine tree
I planted grows old!
autumn dusk


1803

"It's a foolishly long
night!" I say
in the long night


1803

the pine wind
blows in my ear...
a long night


1803

Milky Way--
maybe the fools of Kyoto
are crying


1803

a cloud zigzags
above where I lie...
Milky Way


1803

a clear view
in the soup kettle...
Milky Way


1803

some spots up there
look deep...
heaven's river of stars


1803

where will my star
stop for the night?
Milky Way


1803

the defeated wrestler, too
joins the crowd...
bright moon


1803

no westward facing
pissing tonight...
bright moon


1803

the harvest moon
comes tomorrow...
evening rain


1803

behind a mountain
where the old were left to die...
tonight's moon


1803

rain in the grass
moon in the pine...
night of the 15th


1803

on the white rock's
white heart...
moon-gazing


1803

harvest moon
up in that sky...
for foreigners, too!


1803

there's water
beyond the stubble...
clear fall weather


1803

autumn rain--
the lamplight lights
my knees


1803

autumn rain--
night begins now
for the hackberry tree


1803

the pony leaves
his home village...
autumn rain


1803

the wind chills
one sleeve...
autumn rain


1803

the half-eaten melon's
young green leaf...
autumn rain


1803

its mouth open
waiting for mother...
baby bird in the autumn rain


1803

what's your home village like
rice field goose?
autumn rain


1803

lamplight glimmers
on my knees...
autumn rain


1803

on four or five
slender blades of grass
autumn rain


1803

even the pine tree
looks rustic...
autumn rain


1803

the autumn wind
blows as if it knows
I'm an orphan


1803

two leaves of radish
rejoice!
autumn wind


1803

one by one
everyone has left...
autumn wind


1803

sunset--
from people's faces
the autumn wind


1803

shining up
the evening moon...
autumn wind


1803

humidity--
from beneath a stone
wildflowers


1803

humidity--
even one blade of grass
is autumn


1803

signs of morning dew
start to show...
my sleeves


1803

hitting shins
that have lived too long...
grass's dew


1803

clinging to the lord's
umbrella-hat too...
evening dew


1803

a wrinkled face
he's my age...
lanterns for the dead


1803

Bon lanterns--
yesterday's roof tiles
today are weeds


1803

stopping to watch
three, two...
lanterns for the dead


1803

in pine-tree shade
the one who doesn't dance
ivory white


1803

the sound of oars
lingers...
good stars tonight


1803

for the fisherman's
rising smoke too...
good stars tonight


1803

going outside
to enjoy Tanabata night...
river beach


1803

Tanabata night--
the man in the boat
must be a dad


1803

Tanabata night--
adjusting my pillow
to watch the flow


1803

Tanabata in Great Japan--
one out of three
are male


1803

lying on my back
legs stretched forth...
stars of Tanabata


1803

the sun sets
on the tournament...
sumo champion


1803

sitting in front
his father's face...
defeated wrestler


1803

even the scarecrow
turns his back to it...
my home


1803

sound of river
sound of bird clapper...
daybreak is near


1803

favoring
Mount Akahage...
distant cloth-pounding


1803

in one ear a bell
on the ridge, someone pounding cloth
in the evening


1803

pounding cloth
in the night...
rain on the hackberry tree


1803

her mouth and hands
not like everyone's...
evening cloth-pounding


1803

the flood was exactly
a year ago...
evening cloth-pounding


1803

the lord of Sarashina's
buckwheat fields...
evening cloth-pounding


1803

Sarashina--
in a dark direction
evening cloth-pounding


1803

this afternoon in Suma
autumn begins...
distant cloth-pounding


1803

dangling from
the young buck's antler
weeds


1803

a crow pays
the wild geese a visit...
rice field


1803

the little crow
is snubbed...
rice field geese


1803

another year
they're back for the massacre...
rice field geese


1803

flying south
for the slaughter?
celestial geese


1803

a new face
in the flock...
rice field geese


1803

unexpectedly
a crow comes down...
rice field


1803

as evening falls
a crow comes down too...
rice field


1803

when you return
don't forget my house!
departing swallows


1803

"The world of man
and me are good!"
locusts fly


1803

after a wasted night
the rain falls...
katydid


1803

today again
death draws closer...
the wildflowers


1803

their many colors
fade so soon...
chrysanthemums


1803

morning glories
blooming thick...
someone else's house


1803

morning glories
utterly drenched...
a passing rain


1803

nowadays
I see no people...
window ivy


1803

red autumn ivy--
another house
I wish I had


1803

pine's ivy--
after leaves turn red
cut down


1803

Sir Horse's fart
wafting over...
blooming bush clover


1803

disheveled bush clover--
wild like
weeds by the gate


1803

scrawny bush clover
in pine tree shade...
blooming now


1803

swaggering toward
the dinner tray...
autumn-red arrowroot


1803

the headwaters too
usher in autumn...
arrowroot vines


1803

the divine wind
blows a blessing...
spears of rice


1803

a big pig
sticks out his face...
blooming reeds


1803

downstream, the gate
to knowledge...
evening's red leaves


1803

pulled by my heart
to step where none have stepped...
evening's red leaves


1803

green onions raised
by two households...
red persimmon leaves


1803

lying down with
the holy man we watch...
one leaf fall


1803

hitting shins
that have lived too long...
one leaf falls


1803

waking up
it's hugging one knee...
one fallen leaf


1803

a chalice
for the silver dew...
paulownia leaf


1803

from where moonlight
doesn't shine...
a paulownia leaf


1803

people have gone
lanterns have died...
a paulownia leaf falls


1803

softly, softly
a lucky day dawns...
one leaf falls


1803

falling to hug
these skinny shins...
paulownia leaf


1803

as evening falls
another hugs my lap...
paulownia leaf


1803

taking hold
of the mountain pepper...
little kettle


1803

it's all yours
butterfly, take a rest
on the mushroom


1803

did you pop up
with the matsutake mushrooms?
mountain rabbit


1803

Kyoto's Twelfth Month--
in a high place
Buddha laughs


1803

indifferent--
the hackberry tree
in Twelfth Month


1803

a traveler's sky--
Twelfth Month
29th day


1803

the cold season
must be here...
evening prayers


1803

even from falling rain
stabbing
cold


1803

even the well
is padlocked...
winter cold


1803

palms
in the cooking smoke
winter cold


1803

bird wings
brush against the eaves...
winter cold


1803

driftwood floating
this way, that way...
ends the year


1803

over one wall
the sea wind blows...
winter moon


1803

the winter moon
hanging over...
back window


1803

the winter moon
on my lap...
mountain home


1803

cedars are tall
in my hometown...
first winter rain


1803

first winter rain--
even the warlord's horse
wears his crest


1803

right away
a second winter rainfall...
mountain home


1803

cold northern rain--
the fire-starter's face
smells burnt


1803

on the neighbor's house
where smoke rises...
winter rain


1803

winter rain--
led by a cow
to Zenkô Temple


1803

windblown here they come--
the winter rain
the thin man


1803

mountain house--
it's off, it's on
the winter rain


1803

rainy winter night--
the horse neighs too
toward his home village


1803

evening of winter rain--
a rice field crane
stands tall


1803

in night's winter rain
a face...
his parents' gate


1803

winter rain
pouring down on me...
Kazusa mountains


1803

winter rain cloud
every day snagged
in the hackberry tree


1803

three meals a day
this trip, too much!
winter storm clouds


1803

"The wind
is cold! cold! cold!"
ceramic lamp


1803

settling into a night
of winter wind...
hackberry tree


1803

winter wind--
smoke from a sawdust fire
house at the crossroads


1803

winter wind--
looking in the gate
with a little lantern


1803

winter wind--
on the wall's ledge
the horse's bucket


1803

winter wind--
this hill's enough
for people today


1803

winter wind--
Awaji Island is called
"neighbor"


1803

winter wind--
next to my pillow
Awaji Island


1803

the youngest child too
twining rope...
sunny spot in winter


1803

hearing of first snow
a dreadful thing...
old man


1803

the first snow
softly, softly clings...
side lock of hair


1803

fifth-day moon--
do you also get tired
of this world's snow?


1803

sound of ocean
north of the wall...
night snow


1803

rising sun--
brazier at the gate
snow on the grass


1803

night after night
paired with the snow...
vegetable rice gruel


1803

onto high noon's grasses
flitting down...
snowflakes


1803

the imperial guard's fire
blazes still more...
hailstones


1803

hey hailstones!
keep falling and the oak
won't grow


1803

feels so wrong--
moon shining
on falling sleet


1803

my sake keg
unwrapped and open...
sleet pouring down


1803

my tea-boiled rice
in the palm of my hand...
falling sleet


1803

sweeping sleet--
at the rafter's metal tip
a bright moon


1803

night sleet--
even my bamboo plant
in a rotten mood


1803

steam from boiling soup
a fence...
falling sleet


1803

my full serving of vegetables
all greens...
morning frost


1803

waking up
with a sneeze...
frost on the grass


1803

warming my palms
in the cooking smoke...
morning frost


1803

the old man's skirt
hiked up his thighs...
morning frost


1803

on a secluded house
the warm sun...
withered fields


1803

through one sleeve
the wind passes...
withered fields


1803

a seven-child ruckus
in withered fields...
little house


1803

splish-splash
splash-splish the rain...
withered fields


1803

he hates taking
the shortcut...
withered fields


1803

a bird of prey
and smoke...
over withered fields


1803

the anti-insect charm
flutters, flutters...
withered fields


1803

my shadow looks
like the Old Man's!
first winter rain


1803

an old man
joins in too...
Shinto dancers


1803

ignoring the blooming
plum trees...
winter prayers


1803

even a rooster singing
Great Japan!
rice cake tub


1803

the rice cake pounding
is now behind me...
Sumida River


1803

also a year older
the crane flies down...
a field


1803

dawn
at the hunting shack...
the dog's bell


1803

his wicker fishing trap
built once more...
deep mountain haze


1803

the posts driven in
by his father's father...
wicker fish trap


1803

did his father
plant this ivy?
wicker fish trapper hut


1803

three or four have
drifted to shore...
firewood for the new year


1803

in the teeth
of Mount Fuji's wind...
winter skullcap


1803

around noon
I come back to fold it up...
futon


1803

three or five stars
by the time I fold it...
futon


1803

the death bell
tolls at the temple...
winter seclusion


1803

my father saw
this same damn mountain...
winter seclusion


1803

for pure water
go to Edo's outskirts...
winter seclusion


1803

among tufted grasses
a good midday nap...
ceramic brazier


1803

even my bramble door
looks less shoddy...
little brazier


1803

the sun shines
only till sunset...
ceramic brazier


1803

the river's wind
blows due west...
a big brazier


1803

the best blazing
fire in town...
my brazier


1803

almost two days now
squatting inside...
by my brazier


1803

on the nape
of my neck, setting sun
and hibachi


1803

that wind through pines
is getting old...
little brazier


1803

a quick look
at the pine on the peak...
then my brazier!


1803

red-faced he watches
his yew shrub grow...
brazier


1803

leaving at dawn--
brazier, pines
and Mount Tsukuba


1803

emulating me--
brazier
without fire


1803

on the riverbank
the brazier goes cold...
evening


1803

riverbank--
the drunk man's brazier
goes cold


1803

southern sky--
by the watchtower's brazier
lonely


1803

red berries too
roll and tumble...
little charcoals


1803

how many red berries
amid the charcoals
on the scale?


1803

after getting up
I hear a crow...
starting my charcoal fire


1803

charcoal catching
fire blazes fiercely...
dawn


1803

charcoal-smashing
arms charcoal-dusted...
evening rain


1803

a charcoal fire
happy and well...
the thicket next door


1803

even my charcoal fire
piss-poor...
evening


1803

nicely done
in my earthen mortar...
charcoal fire


1803

the rooster flaps and crows
"It's time!"
morning's charcoal fire


1803

two or three bags
of little charcoals...
so quick


1803

snap and crackle
the camellia blooms
the coal fire smokes


1803

like a rainy night
in olden times...
charcoal on the scale


1803

through the thicket
happy and well...
morning's charcoal fire


1803

night after night
my charcoal fire...
lucky but alone


1803

fearfully fast
your life slips away too...
charcoal bag


1803

disappointment--
my dried-out sagging
bag of charcoal


1803

my charcoal goes quickly--
bag's bottom
lit by a sickle moon


1803

in just a twinkling
you've gotten low...
charcoal bag


1803

no sooner than I thought
it an obstacle...
charcoal bag


1803

sealed inside
the charcoal kiln...
a rising sun


1803

red berries too
roll and tumble...
briquettes


1803

rainy day--
tramping over firewood
to my evening's gazing


1803

happiness
just before dawn
is a wood fire


1803

vegetables hung to dry
at two houses...
thatch dripping rain


1803

vegetables hung to dry
in front...
two little houses


1803

smack in front
of Buddha, vegetables
hung to dry


1803

looking shameful
to the pufferfish...
people's faces


1803

for the headman
in the house facing mine...
pufferfish soup


1803

Kyoto, Kyoto
in the heart of Kyoto!
pufferfish soup


1803

how much are you bringing
to the headman?
pufferfish soup


1803

red leaves
flitting down...
pufferfish soup


1803

pufferfish soup--
putting on airs
like a great courtier


1803

a pufferfish soup-lover
in the facing window...
rented house


1803

pufferfish soup--
not wanting to eat
the head


1803

in Kyoto
even for apprentices!
pufferfish soup


1803

for a great courtier
of the imperial palace...
pufferfish soup


1803

the mountain's red leaves
blowing down...
pufferfish soup


1803

from one side
wind from the hills...
plovers singing


1803

from atop a kettle
in evening's glow...
a plover's song


1803

a temple bell tolls
a waterfowl calls...
a dark night


1803

in falling rain
waterfowl...
healthy and spry


1803

trust in the Buddha
waterfowl!
a rainy night


1803

whichever way
you fly, waterfowl...
it's dusk


1803

waterfowl--
each and every human
so busy


1803

to wherever
the wind may blow it...
a pufferfish


1803

a tiger pufferfish
face sticks out...
shade of leaves


1803

from scallions
a face sticks out...
pufferfish


1803

even in Kyoto
the same as always...
pufferfish face


1803

my hem caught
on withered bush clover...
sunset


1803

winter's withered bush clover
peaceful too...
house for sale


1803

those red berries
are poisonous!
withered plume grass


1803

withered plume grass--
a solitary house
for sale


1803

that one is
tomorrow night's dinner...
radish


1803

even if winter rain falls
I'll save this one
radish


1803

yanking radishes
one by one...
watching the clouds


1803

in the rain shower
standing straight...
the radish puller


1803

winter arrives
at my hut...
a scrawny radish


1803

the house for sale
so peaceful...
withered roses


1803

he kindly cleared away
the withered roses...
former owner


1803

its dragged foot
makes a rice paddy...
withered roses


1803

those red berries
what on earth are they?
withering grove


1803

two or three leaves
are tenacious...
winter grove


1803

more fertilizer
for the evening mountain garden...
red leaves fall


1803

sadly sunset
comes fast...
out-of-season blooms


1803

north window--
though scorned by people
out-of-season blooms


1803

surprising
the gardener...
out-of-season blooms


1803

by a mountain stream
catching a chill...
out-of-season blooms


1803

also facing
the sea...
winter camellias


1803

thrusting up
throught dried-up mud...
winter camellias


1803

"No warmth in this house!"
the stuck-up
winter camellia


1803

without seeing sunlight
the winter camellia
blooms


1803

"No society here!"
the stuck-up
winter camellia


1803

the pillar marking
Shichigo village...
hackberry tree


1803

a clear sky
at high noon...
walking out alone


1804

on New Year's Day
tall as a sleeping man...
the clouds


1804

First Month--
the plum trees blooming
elsewhere


1804

once again
I've managed not to die...
blossoming spring


1804

my spring--
a bit of bamboo
and a willow sprig


1804

spring begins--
forty three years
fed by strangers


1804

spring begins--
Mount Tsukuba a vision
from long ago


1804

spring begins--
in Yoshino the faces
of fools


1804

without a shred
of pine decoration...
the year's first dawn


1804

I greet the year's first dawn
in the top bunk...
inn


1804

in the top bunk
I'm first to greet it...
year's first dawn


1804

choosing a branch
for her "pregnancy stick"...
Mount Oshio


1804

the homecoming servant
stands in front
visiting graves


1804

homecoming servant--
Shinto dances on the mountain
ended yesterday


1804

homecoming servant--
the graveyard's pine
safe and sound


1804

Servants' Holiday!
sing "Great Japan"
rain on the wheat field


1804

even a hackberry tree
is uprooted...
first day of Rat


1804

yanking up trees
he saves one for moon-gazing...
little pine


1804

down comes my New Year's pine--
let the god of wealth
be shocked!


1804

a Sumiyoshi shrine charm
attached too...
gate's pine decoration


1804

keeping the falling
snow company...
New Year's pine


1804

the begging actors
pay a visit...
parents and children


1804

the pounding
of the seven herbs resumes...
noontime


1804

are you coming down
crane, to see?
picking herbs


1804

the kettle's lid
rattle-rattles...
New Year's herbs


1804

right underfoot
for travelers...
morning's New Year's herbs


1804

in every thicket
where people live...
pounding New Year's herbs


1804

Great Japan's answer
to cock-a-doodle-doo...
rice cake pounding


1804

to my home village
the water flows...
springtime


1804

spring peace--
last year which tree root
was my pillow?


1804

the spring day's
remnants...
only in the water


1804

spring evening--
he comes out to pet
the gourd


1804

spring rushes by
so little of it left...
mountain rain


1804

Kyoto citizens
just sick of it...
spring snow


1804

fancy footwork
through tufted grasses...
spring rain


1804

not falling
on the predicted day...
spring rain


1804

steam of boiling water
in the hedge...
spring rain


1804

on the nondrinker's
row house...
spring rain


1804

watching the river
through a window of trees...
spring rain falls


1804

yesterday from bed
I could see Mount Saga...
spring rain


1804

haystacks fat and round
when clouds clear...
spring rain


1804

who's sleeping
up on Mount Saga?
spring rain


1804

"Sake for sale"
a sign on a wall...
spring rain


1804

the white wall
is farther away...
spring rain


1804

water trickles
from the cloth-pounding mallet...
spring rain


1804

sleeve for a hat
watching water...
spring rain


1804

tall as my sleeve
it's a happy hedge...
spring rain


1804

because of spring rain
the dear hackberry tree
is missed


1804

becoming inured
to spring's rain...
lamp-lit house in the trees


1804

a lot of shaking
in spring rain...
tea-drinking bridge


1804

standing tall
in the spring rain...
hackberry tree


1804

spring rain
so soon is annoying...
hackberry tree


1804

spring rain--
alongside the smoke
my sweetheart's gate


1804

spring rain--
a sparrow begs
by my dinner tray


1804

spring rain--
lamps lit so early
on Mount Matchi


1804

spring rain--
a delightful fire
under the kettle


1804

steam on the bay
past midday...
spring rain


1804

walking along
a baking pan on his head...
spring rain


1804

clang once more
mountain temple bell!
spring rain


1804

my pine tree too
is grateful...
spring rain


1804

the little tub's
braided bamboo is green...
spring breeze


1804

not a blade of grass
untouched by the spring breeze...
country jelly


1804

spring breeze--
golden flowers bloom
on Mutsu mountain


1804

the pine saplings
over shoulder-high...
spring breeze


1804

walking in mist
in a little sedge hat
with both parents


1804

in heat shimmers
the holy man's
bare feet


1804

splashed with slush
close to the ground...
a high priest's face


1804

secluded house--
even here, crowd-sick
spring mountain


1804

the old priest
in his fancy clothes...
spring mountain


1804

pinching head lice
in a doorway...
spring fields


1804

cowberries too
at the festival...
red flowers


1804

in Katsushika
like olden times, unchanged...
Doll Festival


1804

the mist covers up
the women first...
shell gathering


1804

solitude--
even on a low tide day
Sumida River


1804

low tide
in a soft, soft rain...
darkness coming


1804

low tide--
to my woman's house
a long way to go


1804

low tide--
the mist wrecks my view
of the women


1804

low tide
without pine trees...
lonelier still


1804

at Sumiyoshi
all through the low tide...
moon in the pine


1804

waited so long
for the low tide...
a driving rain


1804

a house
with a rooster crowing...
low tide


1804

rain falling--
for shellfish gatherers
the sunset bell at last


1804

from the temple
quick and easy access...
shell gathering


1804

where I've seen
birds nesting...
they burn the mountain


1804

toward the open mouth
of the nesting bird...
the sunset bell tolls


1804

pray good health
for the nesting bird!
Amida's priest


1804

the bird nest
in plain sight for all to see...
hackberry tree


1804

bird's nest--
tomorrow the pine by the gate
will be cut down


1804

"Happy New Year,
long live Japan!"
a baby sparrow cheeps


1804

sparrow babies
in plum blossoms
praise Buddha!


1804

bush warbler
are you also returning?
my window


1804

hey bush warbler
turn this way!
red beans and rice


1804

to every window
an off-key bush warbler
comes too


1804

in a sparse thicket
an off-key bush warbler too...
first song


1804

on the mountain
rain falling
lark singing


1804

at Sumiyoshi
lamps are burning
larks are singing


1804

a skylark sings--
a man facing
sunset


1804

singing skylark
where is this poor village's
border?


1804

even the field's
radishes are blooming...
the lark singing!


1804

the lark sings
as it flies along...
Great Japan!


1804

my home village
no longer in sight...
singing lark


1804

evening rushes in--
someone on the tideland
a lark singing


1804

evening lark
don't let the field's smoke
annoy you


1804

mingling
with the thunder--
a pheasant's cry


1804

a pigeon cries--
even deep in the Thousand Islands
it's Buddha's world


1804

celebrate the morning rain
then off you go!
rice field geese


1804

the last in line
hits the rain...
departing geese


1804

departing geese
where will you moon-gaze
tomorrow?


1804

the departing goose
stares the man
in the face


1804

are the rice field's geese
planning to fly north?
planning not to?


1804

pooping on the farmer's
umbrella-hat
the goose departs


1804

the bald mountain, too
memorize by sight!
geese flying north


1804

just one
but he goes honking...
departing goose


1804

geese taking off
have a drink on me...
Kyoto's water


1804

traveling geese--
those rice fields weren't flooded
yesterday


1804

don't go geese!
after twenty days
this is your home


1804

"My love
is at Mount Sarashina!"
the goose departs


1804

a lovely night lit
with oil lamps...
croaking frogs


1804

croaking frogs--
my first night
visiting this house


1804

the kettle's soot
in his mouth and eyes...
croaking frog


1804

spring's first frog--
another drop falls
from the twig


1804

on a hurry-scurry
butterfly day
guarding the money


1804

fresh-scooped mud
from the little ditch...
a little flitting butterfly


1804

nervously
through the raindrops...
spring butterfly


1804

riverbank--
the butterfly's bed
a kettle's bottom


1804

the mountain sunset
within my grasp...
spring butterfly


1804

a shortcut through
the temple with permission...
spring butterfly


1804

flitting butterfly
even stagnant water
a spring thing


1804

the year's first
butterfly
full of swagger


1804

blowing along
blowing along...
little butterfly


1804

blown to the window
again
little butterfly


1804

from a palanquin
at the lake, watching
spring butterflies


1804

rubbing sand from his eyes
in my hand...
little butterfly


1804

behind the man
walking along, look!
windblown butterfly


1804

getting used to
the screen weaver's hammer...
little butterfly


1804

a group of women
overtake me...
field of violets


1804

violets on the gate--
even at night
sweet nostalgia


1804

blooming violets--
some worthless grass
dug up too


1804

before me
who also lived here
with these violets?


1804

clobbered every day
by raindrops from the eaves...
camellias


1804

a tide wall
for the coast, camellias
blooming


1804

surveying also
bloody clams...
plum blossoms


1804

"Look! Plum blossoms!"
the little boat
turns around


1804

if there's a house
standing alone, sure enough...
plum blossoms


1804

precious little plum trees
in bloom...
the main road


1804

if only for a day
to have my own house!
plum blossoms


1804

behind me
laughter at my rags...
plum blossoms


1804

plum blossom scent--
for whoever shows up
a cracked teacup


1804

in plum blossoms
kettle soot won't come off...
my wrinkled hands


1804

plum in bloom--
even wood chopping
a morning scene


1804

plum blossoms--
last year's unemployed worker
from Echigo


1804

plum trees bloom
in full glory...
my broken inkstone


1804

plum blossom moon
and the rump
of a cow


1804

viewing plum blossoms
viewing blue sky...
but I'm in the sticks


1804

also rambling
over the big field...
plum blossom moon


1804

one by one they come
off-key bush warblers
to the plum blossom window


1804

has this place become
old Lo-yang?
plum blossom moon


1804

after blooming
the plum tree a neck scratcher...
for the horse


1804

the damn cedars
ripping sleeves!
plum trees in bloom


1804

a plum blossom falls
to a low place...
scar from burning wormwood


1804

the lap-baby's
first pointing...
plum blossoms


1804

not very devoted
to blooming...
plum tree at my gate


1804

a difficult feat--
in utter silence
the plum tree blooms


1804

my hut's
down-and-out plum tree
has bloomed!


1804

Mister Monkey too
wears a funny face...
plum blossoms


1804

white as a monk's
white robe...
plum blossoms


1804

are the sparrows too
having a private party?
plum blossoms


1804

soon after blooming
pelted by rain...
mountain cherry trees


1804

from where
did those blossoms float?
Sumida River


1804

eating my pickle
rind and all...
blossom shade


1804

first flowers--
boiled mountain millet
sweet nostalgia


1804

are you falling
to wash dust off blossoms
rain?


1804

in falling rain
one man remains...
blossom shade


1804

the home village
I abandoned...
mountain cherry blossoms


1804

made to wither
by the people of Edo's eyes...
cherry blossoms


1804

blown to the big river
floating away...
cherry blossoms


1804

heavy rain--
in cherry blossom shade
I stayed too long


1804

blended in
with people of Kyoto...
cherry blossoms


1804

after blooming
they're roped off...
cherry blossoms


1804

four, five, nine years
always the first to bloom...
cherry tree


1804

the holy man
leaves them behind...
cherry blossoms


1804

the first cherry tree
tall as my sleeve...
in bloom


1804

the first cherry blossoms
soon scatter and stick...
people's faces


1804

cherry blossoms--
tree after tree
of good karma


1804

an evening
of steady rainfall...
cherry blossoms


1804

again someone stands
blocking my view!
first cherry blossoms


1804

half-hidden
in the rain shower...
cherry blossoms


1804

evening falls--
in a pondless place, too
cherry blossoms scatter


1804

cherry blossoms--
whichever side I sleep on
within hand's reach


1804

Lucky the Toad, too
swaggers out...
peach blossoms


1804

green willow--
thinking of a night
of calling fireflies


1804

green willow--
soon we'll be calling
fireflies here


1804

Shiruyoshi's bell
is clanging...
willow tree


1804

all spattered
with bird poop...
the willow tree


1804

no one at home
to sleep with?
willow shade


1804

an evening spot
for calling fireflies...
planting a willow


1804

from where a fence
pens it in...
a willow


1804

three strands or so
hide in the pine...
willow tree


1804

looking at willows
and Toh Temple...
olden times return


1804

little by little
the summer night turns dawn...
people's faces


1804

summer evening--
no one notices
the wildflowers


1804

all day, all day
day after day...
June rain


1804

June rain--
in the town how long
this flute ban?


1804

June rain--
a house with no children
and growing old


1804

June rain--
postponed by Amida
till yesterday


1804

cawing crow
today will the June rains
peter out?


1804

two won't fit
in the little shrine...
June rain


1804

a pretty sleeping mat
also in view...
cloudburst


1804

rainstorm--
a one-bamboo
little vegetable patch


1804

rainstorm--
watching from a boat
Kyoto's mountain


1804

billowing clouds rise--
in the field below
rice balls


1804

on every man's face
a hungry look...
billowing clouds


1804

plunging my hand
into the lake...
billowing clouds


1804

house in the weeds--
while sperm is spent
billowing clouds


1804

patting my belly
full of worms...
billowing clouds


1804

no night water
hauled to this backstreet...
summer moon


1804

in soup kettle
and outhouse
the summer moon


1804

summer moon--
in one pat on the pillar
it's dawn


1804

all alone
is he gazing at wildflowers?
summer moon


1804

how much longer
this damn drought?
summer moon


1804

my parents' house
no longer in sight...
summer mountain


1804

summer mountain--
just when I sight Kyoto
rain!


1804

summer mountain--
a glowing
little pilgrim


1804

a man wiping
a post...
the summer mountain


1804

among tufted grasses
when the moon shines...
pure water


1804

secluded house--
no moonlight
but gushing pure water


1804

pure water gushes--
looking at tomorrow's mountain
lying down


1804

out of respect
for the wild roses...
pure water


1804

no need for two
is there?
pure water gushing


1804

in Futamori
even summer's pure water...
running late


1804

the moon shines
up to the pine...
pure water gushes


1804

gushing pure water--
Mount Asama's smoke
appears again


1804

the hated grasses
rear their heads...
green rice field


1804

hidden by trees
mother's side-field...
rice so green


1804

new summer robes--
the thicket's become
opulent


1804

new summer robes--
now I want
a pine tree!


1804

at Takasago
even for the hackberry tree...
a new summer robe


1804

in a sparse thicket, in my window
the bright moon...
new summer robes


1804

even trying on my summer kimono
lonely...
Higashi Mountains


1804

entering my ramshackle
hut you see...
a parasol


1804

the high priest
poops in the field...
parasol


1804

moonlight enters
only through the window...
paper mosquito net


1804

after trying out
the twice-fired sake...
paper fan


1804

the field's too much
for one man alone...
rustic fan


1804

the pine tree dew
dripping, dripping...
smudge pot smoke


1804

when the tree is watered
the bamboo makes do...
run-off


1804

morning glories blooming
just for me...
cool air at the gate


1804

tomorrow
Buddha will be shaved...
evening cool


1804

cooling at the gate--
morning glories have bloomed
elsewhere


1804

even cool air basking
not worth the effort...
moon at the gate


1804

a bamboo flute
Kamakura-style, rice planters
in umbrella-hats


1804

crack of dawn
already it's ready!
overnight sake


1804

overnight sake--
even the neighbor kid
comes over


1804

his face older
than the pine...
sweet jelly


1804

even living
in Katsushika...
"Cuckoo!"


1804

Sumida River
even more old-timey...
"Cuckoo!"


1804

amid the thunder's
rumble...
a reed warbler singing


1804

O reed warbler
which road is the dead end
of Kasai?


1804

hey reed warbler
which way to ancient
Naniwa?


1804

Matsushima
barely in sight...
warble of a reed warbler


1804

take a look
at the fresh-sprouted grass...
flitting firefly


1804

from branches that block
the wind...
fireflies


1804

disgraceful!
'round the red-faced drunkard
fireflies flit


1804

even the little bamboo
isn't mine...
flitting fireflies


1804

flitting fireflies--
another annoying night
in the house


1804

flit-flitting
a night of fireflies...
tea water bucket


1804

the potted plant's
one wish...
a flitting firefly


1804

a pine
no taller than a ruler...
first firefly


1804

big rain
big moon
cicada in the pine


1804

secluded house--
a hot bath
and cicadas in the pines


1804

tired of listening
the man walks away...
cicada on a branch


1804

cicadas chirr--
house in the willows
morning moon


1804

glimmer of tea water
left out overnight...
a snail


1804

viewed in passing
after summer's first bonito...
Mount Fuji


1804

summer's first bonito--
even at the mountain's edge
a taste of Edo


1804

not a trace
of sunburn shows...
peony


1804

half of it showing
in the deep grass...
peony


1804

getting sunburned
amid the grasses...
peony


1804

for the green willow
night rushes in...
lotus blossoms


1804

in a big swamp
just one bloom...
but it's a lotus!


1804

sparrows bathing
have scattered it...
lotus water


1804

lilies in bloom--
from morning on
sunset colors


1804

the melon cooling
two days now...
no one has come


1804

unexpected moonlight
shines down...
cooling melon


1804

a flitting butterfly
and green-leafed cherry tree
roped off


1804

round the lye bucket
a happy butterfly...
deep cool shade


1804

in deutzia blossoms
the priest buries
the frog


1804

deutzia blossoms--
the children play
funeral


1804

deutzia blossoms--
in the water's gleam
a croaking frog


1804

in solitude
walking on oyster shells...
deutzia in bloom


1804

autumn begins--
I thought by now this journey
would've ended


1804

from the roof's overhang
three drops...
first autumn morning


1804

a cold morning--
but the same pine tree
as last year


1804

among tufted grasses
becoming a tea lover...
morning cold


1804

the backs
of Fukagawa's houses...
morning cold


1804

the more I look at
the parasol tree...
a cold night


1804

in the morning
no sign of night's cold...
another inn


1804

facing the gate
of elder brother...
a cold night


1804

a pounding pestle
completes the scene...
a cold night


1804

the field's smoke
crawls into my sleeves...
a cold night


1804

looking at a mountain
kneeling on one knee...
a cold night


1804

autumn evening--
from elsewhere another horse
neighs in reply


1804

even the pestle
becomes part of the scene...
a long night


1804

every time I go out
the horse neighs...
a long night


1804

Tone River's
farewell to autumn...
bright moon


1804

cawing in the tree
are you a widow, crow?
Milky Way above


1804

shaded by thicket--
the moon breaks through...
my house


1804

harvest moon--
and later a field
of tufted grass


1804

harvest moon
on a clear, rainless night
elsewhere!


1804

harvest moon--
people on the stone
with pale faces


1804

harvest moon--
all the same faces
as last year


1804

harvest moon--
even in Kyoto
growing old


1804

watching the bridge
as evening falls...
autumn sky


1804

autumn rain--
not a soul in sight
the back gate


1804

autumn rain--
he's just like me
the snail


1804

autumn rain--
for a lonely pine
day's end


1804

the sold pony
looks back at mother...
autumn rain


1804

a song from Echigo
in the storehouse...
autumn rain


1804

in Katsushika
falling in the distance...
autumn rain


1804

all night looking
at my wrinkled hands...
autumn rain


1804

mountain village--
a rainy autumn evening's
long walk


1804

autumn wind--
a hand-dyed, handspun
little kimono


1804

autumn wind--
even for a monkey without tricks
the dawn


1804

autumn wind--
a beggar looking
sizes me up


1804

autumn wind--
the cicadas' grumbling
is louder


1804

does this autumn wind
come from the Mountain
of Swords?


1804

autumn wind--
on my pilgrimage
to which hell?


1804

blowing under
the loom's rod sleeves...
autumn wind


1804

entering a land
where the old are discarded...
autumn wind


1804

the little pine
puts on a show...
autumn wind


1804

arms exposed
but not in hot tubs...
autumn wind


1804

next to the fence
a foot-washing tub...
autumn gale


1804

bit by bit
trimming the horse's hooves...
autumn gale


1804

festival at the mountain's foot--
in the cauldron
an autumn gale


1804

popping a bubble
of morning dew...
a ghost


1804

amid dewdrops
it triggers nostalgia...
hackberry tree


1804

dewdrops form--
I spend this year's O-Bon
in Kazusa's mountains


1804

in earthenware
an offering of chestnuts...
dewy grass


1804

not apologizing
to the country's father...
evening dew


1804

travelers set out
as the sun rises...
morning dew


1804

travelers set out
in familiar grass...
autumn dew


1804

autumn fog--
the river beach's pinks
barely visible


1804

when the fog clears
a mountain...
of fire chips


1804

from a hand that holds
a bucket of sacred branches...
fog rises


1804

from a hand
pricked by sacred branches...
fog rises


1804

even at a house
shrouded in mountain fog...
a festival


1804

behind my sweetheart's
house a field...
of flowers


1804

tiny sandals
made of red paper...
for the ancestor


1804

when the bell tolls
for the ancestors...
dewdrops scatter


1804

the Bon Festival
flickers out too...
lanterns for the dead


1804

evening wind--
for the tree-less gate
a tall Bon lantern


1804

someone else's affair
you think...
lanterns for the dead


1804

right alongside
Adashi Field's fires...
Bon Festival dance


1804

becoming crooked
down a backstreet...
Bon Festival dance


1804

evening Bon dance--
dust from Asama's eruption
twenty years old


1804

evening Bon dance--
this pine tree saw
the Osaka Siege


1804

evening Bon dancers
flee the rain...
hackberry by the gate


1804

up to last year
his Bon dancing clogs...
moon at the gate


1804

trying to sleep
now the noise is annoying...
Bon Festival dance


1804

two people
in a town no one visits...
Bon Festival dance


1804

an isolated house
in mountain shade
but a festival dance!


1804

mountain village--
the old man doesn't know
the dance


1804

Tanabata Night
in Kyoto, the same
autumn mountain


1804

world of man--
in a mountain nook too
Tanabata stars


1804

sky over Kazusa--
is my star up there
prowling?


1804

Muen Temple's bell
clangs too...
great fireworks


1804

autumn sumo tournament--
from day one
mountain clouds


1804

heading straight
to the wildflowers...
sumo wrestler


1804

making the crane
feel lonely...
the scarecrow


1804

was there ever
an older looking scarecrow?
Sumida River


1804

in the outcastes' village too
a lovely night...
pounding cloth


1804

evening cloth-pounding--
a cycad tree wrapped
in a reed mat


1804

even the bald mountain
isn't left out...
evening cloth-pounding


1804

a sakaki tree planted
for good luck...
cloth-pounding


1804

for the pine sapling too
a windy night...
new sake


1804

young buck--
when he starts to make love
mountain rain


1804

his dying place
fairly well thatched...
crying deer


1804

sing, quail!
if my hut bothers you
I'll close it


1804

the man I'm meeting
just now...
scares a snipe


1804

a snipe calls--
the crane on his usual
pine tree hill


1804

all people must
grow old...
the snipe rises


1804

the princess pine
so fancy...
a snipe flies up


1804

not exactly
well hidden...
rice field goose


1804

rice field geese
with moon above...
I want a hut here!


1804

also lent
to the geese and ducks...
vegetable patch


1804

even ducks and geese
with samurai faces...
natives of Kasai


1804

geese and ducks--
all night wishing for
a rice field


1804

will I grow old
like you?
autumn butterfly


1804

don't be bewildered
by the cold weather!
dragonfly


1804

dragonfly--
flying two feet
then two feet more


1804

the katydid next door
clear
as a bell


1804

that grass over there
won't be cut...
katydid


1804

a burned field
but soon he's singing...
katydid


1804

evening moon--
surviving the flood
a katydid


1804

in the rain gutter too
wildflowers
have sprouted


1804

lasting five, six days
at the gate...
wildflower


1804

fish frolicking
on foot...
chrysanthemums


1804

in the mum garden
sprouting all at once...
weeds


1804

even in the thicket
beyond the bramble gate
a little chrysanthemum


1804

a splash for the white
chrysanthemum...
hand-wash water


1804

chrysanthemums bloom
with ease...
river's edge


1804

in poor soil
little by little it blooms...
chrysanthemum


1804

a standing priest
a standing crane...
field chrysanthemums


1804

morning glories--
amid the mosquitos
standing tall


1804

red-leaf ivy--
lipstick is applied
to the eaves


1804

the petite ivy
not to be outdone
turns red


1804

no stink this evening
in the temple...
blooming bush clover


1804

loosestrife--
if soaked in water
wind will blow


1804

little by little
scrawny cock's combs bloom...
in moonlight


1804

the Shinano road
through blooming buckwheat...
a swath of cloth


1804

buckwheat blossoms
enough for the Buddha
and me


1804

buckwheat
in front of two houses...
in bloom


1804

very soon
it's hot springs time...
buckwheat blooming


1804

on a barren mountain
it bloomed in a flash
buckwheat


1804

rice dries on racks--
all night the little thicket
lit by the moon


1804

the rice thresher's
extra partner...
a duck


1804

the woodpecker too
engulfed in sunset...
red leaves


1804

to stop at that point
is just fine...
pale red leaves


1804

first red leaves--
the view blocked
by hackberry trees


1804

the birds have left
the chopped down pine...
evening's red leaves


1804

following the man
who shoulders a winnow...
red leaves


1804

once again
wet those red leaves...
today's rain


1804

acting fidgety
in the flood...
roses of Sharon


1804

outside of sleeping
lacking good sense...
rose of Sharon


1804

an unlevel hedge, too
in bloom...
roses of Sharon


1804

three drops of rain
and it's drenched...
the gourd


1804

with light hearts
the grasses bloom...
gourds


1804

the bird flies off
making a mental note...
the big gourd


1804

in the gloom of night
bit by bit it grows...
the gourd


1804

at the gate
looking at berries...
Kiso cloudburst!


1804

how annoying
to walk this mountain
pelted by berries


1804

falling berries--
is my red loincloth
happy now?


1804

how many days
staining my toes?
berries


1804

did others sit here too
waiting for spring?
old tatami mat


1804

a good dream
for the year's end?
lacquered pillow


1804

my sleeping place
just thatched yesterday...
first winter rain


1804

my very first night
sleeping here...
winter rain on bamboo


1804

in winter wind
no one to talk to...
evening


1804

in winter wind
in three-foot wide lodgings...
my night


1804

the winter wind
stops blowing...
people like pigeons


1804

winter wind--
in a little ditch smoke
and bamboo tongs


1804

winter wind--
in the konjac jelly
stars and moon


1804

winter wind--
a street singer at dusk
hunkers to the ground


1804

in first snowfall
though slurping only hot water...
my home


1804

first snowfall--
tomorrow's smoke one
bundle of straw


1804

first snowfall--
in the bamboo evening
sleeping alone


1804

first snow--
my home village through a hole
in the wall


1804

"I too await
snowy nights!"
chipped earthen pot


1804

in falling snow
with a pang of guilt...
I stay in bed


1804

on a snowy day
ignorant of history...
a sparrow


1804

thicket's chrysanthemum
on a day of hailstorm...
blooms


1804

heavy frost
on the old house, its owner
in the ground


1804

adding to
my solitude...
frost on the window


1804

rain on withered fields
resounds...
my pillow


1804

withering fields--
oh for a bite to eat
in my hut!


1804

safe and sound
on Basho's Death-Day...
chrysanthemum


1804

leaving Kyoto
I hear it again...
monks beating bowls


1804

in western mountains
a bush warbler already?
a monk beats his bowl


1804

a monk beats his bowl--
by now a dent
in the mountain!


1804

stocking up
for my winter seclusion...
a treasured strand of ivy


1804

shining moon--
the year's end fair
on Mount Matsuchi


1804

year's end fair
"What's he doing here?"
they ask


1804

at my home
the flies too, a year older...
seacoast


1804

winter seclusion--
all night the sound
of mountain rain


1804

for a man who climbed
over my fence...
a wooden brazier


1804

empty charcoal bag--
in the mud so quickly
trampled


1804

wood fire--
oh happy age!
on every face


1804

under tall oaks
in the mountain's shade
pufferfish soup


1804

fighting the mountain wind
on foot...
a wren


1804

little wren
despite your cheeping
the day ends


1804

breaking out in song
at the evening rain...
wren


1804

a plover lives
in one of my walls...
evening


1804

"This evening in the wheat field
so pretty!"
sings the plover


1804

"The field of wheat
so spring-like!"
sings the plover


1804

with a pufferfish
in the middle of Kyoto...
he passes


1804

on raised ground
they start sticking to shoes...
fallen leaves


1804

my soup stock
is growing splendidly...
falling leaves


1804

did you break your fall
with roses of Sharon?
tree leaves


1804

a strange evening
for falling leaves...
pigeon feed


1804

an oak leaf this morning
fallen
in the tofu tank


1804

the garden's chrysanthemum
blooms at great pains...
fallen leaves


1804

flitting down
to hang on roses of Sharon...
tree leaves


1804

at dawn a keepsake
left on the window
red leaves


1804

the garden looking
freshly plowed...
fallen red leaves


1804

who might be living
downriver?
red leaves fall


1804

into the lake shoreman's
winnowing basket...
red leaves fall


1804

red leaves fall--
just to be swept away
tomorrow?


1804

red leaves fall--
even in a waterless place
a moonlit night


1804

a barrier built
for the winter mums...
plum tree


1804

winter chrysanthemum--
in the nape
of the mill-carver's neck


1805

a new year begins--
before sunrise
a pine-decorated boat


1805

it's become
a First Month scene...
snow on the mud


1805

birds singing--
for an old farmer on a mat, too
happy New Year


1805

my spring--
one charcoal ball
and a bundle of greens


1805

a cracked kettle
and the rising sun...
this too is spring


1805

spring's first day
turns moonlit night...
my wrinkled face


1805

spring's beginning
and bright moon are elsewhere...
my hut


1805

the offbeat clomping
of clogs...
must be spring!


1805

spring begins--
even for a gate
without grass


1805

spring comes too
to the weed-thatched hut...
evening rain


1805

into the New Year's bonfire--
lucky calligraphy
harmony" and "ease


1805

into the New Year's bonfire--
lucky calligraphy
harmony" and "ease


1805

two houses, three, four...
an evening
of kites


1805

a kite--
Mokubo Temple settles
into evening


1805

mountain shade--
deep in a thicket
a kite


1805

on this misty day
sleeping through New Year's?
mountain home


1805

one bucketful
for Buddha...
morning herbs


1805

in a field looking sideways
at evening's sky...
New Year's herb picker


1805

picking herbs
the heron also
seems lonely


1805

herb garden--
picking one, he shouts
"Over here!"


1805

a broken lock
calls to people...
seaside herb garden


1805

the earth mound's
part of it indeed...
a fine spring day


1805

the trash on the bridge
washed away...
a spring day


1805

even from the gable
clear blue sky...
a spring day


1805

exposing my spine
to the spring sun...
this year


1805

on the spring day
all day, rain...
Kyoto


1805

spring day--
visible even after sunset
Higashi Mountains


1805

alder trees
little by little blooming...
a spring day


1805

mountains and river
on this spring day...
needlework


1805

getting dark later--
the bean goose
clacks his beak


1805

long spring days
and yet...
in the sticks


1805

grating on sand
the big ferryboat...
late sunset


1805

little by little
my scrawny vegetables bloom...
a long spring day


1805

in falling rain
in Kyoto too
dusk of spring


1805

for the painted faced
maiden too...
spring dusk


1805

counting the windows
of Shimogyo Town...
spring dusk


1805

my sedge umbrella-hat
isn't fluffy...
spring dusk


1805

for the wisteria in the pine, too
spring's dusk
this evening


1805

the horned owl
makes a face...
spring dusk


1805

spring evening--
in a village lacking nothing
plum blossom scent


1805

water spider
on spring's last day
blushing


1805

Yoshino's spring--
just one more night
left


1805

road to Nara--
a crow caws
at spring's last day


1805

rice field crane
again, come on down!
spring rain


1805

the Black Gate
just half visible...
spring rain


1805

spring rain--
ducks waddle-waddle
to the gate


1805

spring rain--
Edo's citizens are used to it
at Kanei Temple


1805

spring rain--
to the dinner tray's edge
the tea grove


1805

spring rain--
the morning moon
in a clam shell


1805

pine trees too
grow dark a bit early...
spring rain


1805

the spring breeze
blows in darkness too...
house on the shore


1805

spring breeze--
the clay doll
gets some color


1805

on the tip of the pole
the tea strainer dries...
spring breeze


1805

shallow river--
on hands rinsing a kettle
spring moon


1805

spring moon--
if I touched it
it would drip


1805

the spring moon
in a raindrop from the eaves...
falls again


1805

even at dawn
spring haze hovers...
Sumida River


1805

green moss--
all the way to my lap
spring's rainbow


1805

grilling sardines
in a mountain field...
thin mist


1805

thin mist--
night after night
vegetable soup


1805

at the back window
the same person...
mist


1805

the misty day, too
viewed out back...
my humble hut


1805

misty day--
in evening mountain's shadow
candyman's flute


1805

peeking in, peeking out
of the mist...
Mount Tsukuba


1805

the thieving crow
strikes again...
helped by spring mist


1805

the post is wiped
all clean...
spring mist


1805

even my sleeve
is one with the mist...
evening


1805

standing deep inside
the heat shimmers...
weeds


1805

heat shimmers--
traces of a dear friend's
walking stick


1805

heat shimmers--
umbrella-hat's handprints too
a sign of spring


1805

moonlight halos
the house...
spring water


1805

blades of grass
are plucked for their sake...
equinox dumplings


1805

even in mountain shade
is it Peach Day?
sugar vendor


1805

come, monkey!
come, Peach Boy!
herb cakes


1805

even at my home
herbs for cake turn green...
evening


1805

the herb picker
reaches...
for the setting sun


1805

where I saw
a pretty bird...
they burn the mountain


1805

another mountain
set on fire...
the haze thickens


1805

dead grass burning--
on my eyebrows pattering
evening rain


1805

sowing herbs--
the smell of fish cooking
a little past noon


1805

looking for a wife
he's become respectable...
stray cat


1805

the stray cat too
goes wife-hunting...
nightfall


1805

even the wild cat
looks for sex...
peeking in the gate


1805

wild cat--
after making love
he's the town pet


1805

no break for the bird's nest
to dry...
mountain rain


1805

from night onward
rain...
birds who've left the nest


1805

human goblins live
in hills and fields!
bird leaving the nest


1805

Asakusa--
on the day the swallows fly
rented clogs


1805

blades of grass
swish in the tide...
a swallow flies


1805

blades of grass--
swallows start arriving
prettily


1805

high tide
and a happy morning...
swallows flying


1805

a swallow--
not at all bothered
by my smoke


1805

the swallows, too
avoid it this year...
patch of weeds


1805

a happy night
among tufted grasses...
a pheasant cries


1805

a pheasant cries--
yesterday it wasn't there
mountain field


1805

a pheasant cries--
bedded down in tall grass
a horse's face!


1805

poking his face
into the haystack...
a pheasant cries


1805

is it hard leaving behind
the flowering mustard?
rice field geese


1805

celebrating the rain
in tufted grasses...
croaking frogs


1805

sunset--
tears shine in a frog's eyes
too


1805

on one knee
in moonlight...
a frog


1805

looks almost
like frogs hopping!
rain on the grass


1805

in grassy shade
such rude grumbling...
a frog


1805

in grassy shade
what's that grumbling?
evening frog


1805

frogs singing--
"Tonight let the weeds
grow taller!"


1805

in leafy shade
deciding not to croak...
a frog


1805

even in a sparse thicket
"This is our night!"
croak the frogs


1805

in the waste threads
yesterday's dewdrops...
spring butterfly


1805

devotedly stuck
to the reed mat...
little butterfly


1805

clinging to
the pestle's trough...
little butterfly


1805

a butterfly flits--
two houses with piss-poor
gardens


1805

flitting butterfly--
after dinner, a temple
pilgrimage


1805

a flitting butterfly
outstrips me...
paper sandals


1805

birds singing
butterflies flitting...
old tatami mat


1805

even when planting
two or three eggplants...
little butterflies


1805

now on, now off
the hair cord maker...
little butterfly


1805

at Machiguchi
night falls so fast...
little butterfly


1805

a little person
enters the scene...
a little butterfly


1805

my hut
the butterfly's sleeping place
tonight


1805

for two or three days
its pure fun...
for silkworms


1805

a sickle moon--
hands groping
for pond snails


1805

even the clams
are related to the great
men of old


1805

parsley pickers--
don't let the crane
think you're clumsy!


1805

one more dawn
for the flowering mustard...
Yoshino Hill


1805

the rain cleared
recently, I see...
dripping bracken


1805

I wonder who picked
all this?
skinny bracken


1805

eyes wide for
a tree that turns to gold...
outcaste home


1805

giving Holy Binzuru
a rub...
the budding tree


1805

my hut's camellias--
not a shoddy one
among them


1805

a calf's face
stretches forward...
camellias


1805

I'll put on shell-sandals
too!
village plum blossoms


1805

plum blossoms--
the sound of a three-penny
flute


1805

plum blossoms--
in a mountain nook
somebody's house


1805

plum blossoms scatter
in the sky, nine a.m.
to one p.m.


1805

unconquered
by the smell of broiled eels...
plum blossoms


1805

my kimono cuffs
are last year's rags...
plum blossoms


1805

through the garden's fallen
plum blossoms, footprints...
he was big!


1805

my hem dragging
through dirt...
plum blossoms


1805

while I slept--
night unfurled all kinds
of plum blossoms


1805

catching its breath
on the pine tree's root...
plum blossom


1805

plum blossoms--
they've come to see Edo
child tourists


1805

plum blossoms--
in a metal tub
a sickle moon


1805

even the hot water vendor
lingers...
blossoming mountain


1805

not giving a damn
that cherry blossoms fall...
his stern face


1805

in scattering blossoms
I've lived too long...
evening


1805

cherry blossoms scatter--
the earthenware Saigyo
looks merry


1805

bloom, cherry trees!
Izen's snoring
may stop


1805

rain on blossoms--
under a hemp tarp
his stern face


1805

blossoming mountain--
the little food shop
lost in mist


1805

from behind me
they blow...cherry blossoms!
cherry blossoms!


1805

feeding the whole
neighborhood...
cherry blossoms


1805

though my rice sack
is empty...
cherry blossoms!


1805

cherry blossoms
on the spring mountain...
another hot water?


1805

it's how the village
makes a living...
cherry trees in bloom


1805

peach blossoms--
at the gate he weighs
the cat


1805

green willow--
jointly owned by neighbors
a tea-drinking bridge


1805

dawn's glow
even more of a wonder...
willow tree


1805

waiting and waiting
for sunset...
the willow tree


1805

a willow stands
at the entrance gate...
Kyoto


1805

annoyingly
it hides one wall...
willow


1805

willow tree graft--
tomorrow you leave
the hut


1805

the earth-dyed cotton
looking happy too...
willow tree


1805

in sweltering heat
slayed by sunshine...
my head


1805

summer night--
the disdained gate's
wildflowers


1805

summer evening--
at the thatched hut
of a clever man


1805

holy hermit--
in early dawn walking
to a village


1805

crushed
under the June rain...
my home


1805

in June rain too
just one helping...
thatched hut


1805

for my empty belly
the wind blows...
billowing clouds


1805

billowing clouds
on the move...
before my umbrella-hat


1805

tufted grasses--
in summer moonlight, distant
cloth-pounding


1805

the bush warbler
sings too...
pure water over moss


1805

chilled amid the green
rice field...
back into the hot tub


1805

barnyard grass too
rustles, rustles...
like the green rice field


1805

a happy sight--
on purification evening
the Milky Way


1805

evening purification--
a splash of water on bamboo
will do


1805

life alone--
when I die may the bamboo
blinds be green


1805

after re-papering
the first thing I fan...
weeds


1805

with my wastepaper fan
striking poses...
alone


1805

evening shadows--
rain pitter-patters
on my fan


1805

all the bought water
is for the bamboo...
evening


1805

my nose
to a wooden fence...
cool air


1805

every evening
at the canal's edge...
evening cool


1805

evening cool--
the toad who comes out
I call "Lucky"


1805

this falling rain
feels like last year...
"Cuckoo!"


1805

answering the blast
of the conch...
mountain cuckoo


1805

in grass, in trees
the army of the Genji...
fireflies flit


1805

a rain sprinkle...they're off
to Matsura Lagoon!
fireflies


1805

every evening
even in the dirty bamboo...
fireflies


1805

waking up, look!
that fly still hasn't left
facing Mount Fuji


1805

the flies you have
came earlier
from other flies


1805

on the moonlit spider web
an evening
cicada


1805

cicada chorus--
for the butterfly too
no sunburn


1805

a cicada chirrs--
covering the pears
a paper bag


1805

does the red dawn
delight you...
snail?


1805

snail--
the butterfly in a mad
hurry


1805

bindweed flowers
along with the hay...
clipped


1805

lotus blossom--
a dragon once rode you
people say


1805

dusting off
my ankles...
irises blooming


1805

the sunlight behind
is irritating...
blooming irises


1805

while looking at them
sunlight hits...
blooming irises


1805

the melon
can't sink completely...
the well


1805

Kamo River--
after soaking a melon
the moon sets


1805

a hedge where no priests
enter...
deutzia in bloom


1805

a person-shaped
hole beckons...
deutzia blossoms


1805

little morning glories
big morning glories...
it's Ninth Month!


1805

a house with baking pan
pushed aside...
autumn cold


1805

so cold in morning's cold--
vegetable vendor
winnow vendor


1805

morning cold--
a bucket of pickled plums
ready for travel


1805

morning cold--
the toad's eyes too
open wide


1805

green willow at the gate
rustling...
a cold night


1805

a smart man
amuses himself...
a cold night


1805

even the replanted
melon blooms...
a cold night


1805

dawn is your time
for dancing...
hackberry tree


1805

even tortoise and crane
meet their fate...
autumn evening


1805

are you regretting
Matsubara's autumn's end?
clamoring cranes


1805

Katsushika--
a moonlit house
by a sewer


1805

the village fires
burn anciently...
a moonlit night


1805

going out
to get soup stock...
bright moon


1805

on Musashi Plain
complementing a house...
autumn moon


1805

Musashi Plain--
over the dog's toilet too
a bright moon


1805

mountain moon--
father pulls the bell rope
his child prays


1805

almost a harvest moon
burning pine needles...
Saga Field


1805

in some sky
rain isn't falling...
harvest moon night


1805

rain wrecks two
harvest moon nights...
Sumida River


1805

rain falling, too
on Sumida's river beach...
harvest moon night


1805

after renting the house
the first thing: moon-gazing
twice


1805

after renting the house
moon-gazing there...
twice


1805

a big rain--
on the moon-gazing boat
watching it fall


1805

tonight's moon--
I, too, am staying
in Musashi!


1805

harvest moon night--
did someone pray
for this rain?


1805

harvest moon
but a mist-wrapped house...
my life


1805

on both harvest
moon nights, rain...
Sumida River


1805

on both harvest
moon nights, rain?
Sumida River


1805

harvest moon--
for the rice field
Mimeguri's rain


1805

no moon-gazing
this stormy night...
this year


1805

growing old--
even while moon-gazing
praising Buddha!


1805

on Musashi Plain
met a second time...
harvest moon



1805

not caring about
a harvest shining above...
thatched hut


1805

until the harvest
moon's second appearance...
my humble hut


1805

harvest moon
number two too...
dripping eaves


1805

rain hanging on
hanging on...
no harvest moon


1805

Ninth Month moon--
in the mountain's shade
a food festival


1805

rain, rain!
on harvest moon night
of course


1805

the mountain's blooming
buckwheat hides it...
Ninth Month moon


1805

no fear
of autumn rain's downpour...
mountainside house


1805

he rakes pine needles
for tomorrow's tea, perhaps...
autumn rain


1805

the deer stands close
to the husk bucket...
autumn rain


1805

the cut grass
sticks to my feet...
autumn rain


1805

today too
autumn rain...
mountainside house


1805

mountain field--
pigeons cooing
in autumn rain


1805

in autumn wind
trusting in the Buddha...
little butterfly


1805

blow, autumn wind!
my little pine
won't grow bigger


1805

an autumn wind's
blowing! blowing! night...
open window


1805

autumn wind--
without even a house
the "big man"


1805

autumn wind--
topping the grasses
someone's face


1805

in autumn wind
its life divinely protected...
mosquito


1805

reaching the face
of Buddha in his niche...
autumn wind


1805

out the back door
quickly grown dark...
autumn wind


1805

water splashed
on the stone, on the tree...
autumn wind


1805

each time I look
autumn wind is blowing...
Edo's sky


1805

going out in autumn
on just three legs...
evening dew


1805

so restless
people also lack trust...
evening dew


1805

the morning fog
tangled
in the willow


1805

over the thicket
a custom-made cloud...
evening fog


1805

autumn mountain--
is he banging that gong
because he's alive?


1805

autumn mountains
one by one
the evening falls


1805

at my feet
sunset's rays, autumn
mountain


1805

bird sings again
bell tolls again...
autumn mountain


1805

in people's faces
the same darkness...
autumn mountain


1805

up to my doorway
the autumn field blooms...
rainy day


1805

at my ramshackle hut, too
night is cool...
lanterns for the dead


1805

almost cold
drenched in grass...
lanterns for the dead


1805

the pine breeze too
blows carefully...
lanterns for the dead


1805

at sunset
alone on the main road...
Bon Festival dance


1805

at the hermit's hut, too--
an upturned face awaits
the stars


1805

awaiting the stars--
even a turtle cools
his behind


1805

lined up perfectly
with the pine...
Herder Star


1805

a rush of red leaves
blown against him...
scarecrow


1805

one by one
the frigid gusts...
bird clapper


1805

Mount Asa--
even when cloth-pounding stops
sweet nostalgia


1805

new house--
here too, three or four
cloth-pounders


1805

rising smoke
towering pine, then...
cloth-pounding


1805

the owl comes
to lend a hand...
cloth-pounding


1805

Mutsu province--
even in a haunted field
pounding cloth


1805

parched rice--
even at a house without kids
a holiday


1805

I leave my chrysanthemum
for the evening...
fresh-brewed sake


1805

a suitable pine
for the Day of the Rat...
new sake


1805

autumn in Sarashina--
mostly
rainy nights


1805

high tide--
splish-splash
goes the buck


1805

the young buck
tries to hide
in bush clover


1805

do you think you're hiding
in that bush clover?
face of a deer


1805

this mountain rain
and the deer's tears
must be mingling


1805

only after the woodpecker
flies...
back in my hut


1805

the woodpecker returns
to the pine...
now I'm old


1805

the woodpecker works
one spot...
all through sunset


1805

the woodpecker
pecks it to death...
the post


1805

Asazawa Marsh--
when a snipe calls
the grass drips


1805

seeing the horse
and the spear
a hidden snipe flies


1805

a snipe flies up--
the horse in the field
yawns


1805

a war lord--
dragged behind a snipe
flying away


1805

honking geese--
I picture skies
over inns


1805

just today and tomorrow
left of autumn!
rice field geese


1805

an insect chirps--
yesterday it wasn't there
hole in the wall


1805

cricket--
you too have adapted to life
in Edo


1805

katydid--
"katy-katy!" not dead
yet


1805

not a thicket
for a katydid's singing
in sight


1805

even in the barn's shade
if there's grass
there's autumn blooms


1805

all for Buddha
in the sky...
wildflowers


1805

blocking the gate--
morning glories
and a slob


1805

into morning glories
with one shoulder bare...
holy man


1805

morning glories
and loads of children...
farmhouse


1805

lost
in the morning glories
little house


1805

droplets forming
on the morning glories...
sitting still


1805

in morning glories
a chill chilling
my spine


1805

in the morning glories
warming up...
the cold


1805

morning glories
even in sewer mud
a morning scene


1805

selling morning glories
wet with morning dew...
a tough character


1805

voice of the bell--
the morning glories are the first
to stir


1805

on the busy gate, too
morning glories
bloom


1805

my house's pitiful
morning glories, too
greet the dawn


1805

trickling down
morning's tea dregs...
ivy in the window


1805

even the poor ivy
at my place...
turning red


1805

rain falling--
the moon in two days
bush clover tomorrow


1805

among ears of rice
dog stalks too...
sunrise


1805

rice ears hanging
for good luck...
hackberry tree


1805

ears of rice--
a Suma crane flies
in the window


1805

wind blows
in a wet-colored sky...
harvesting rice


1805

it's become
a rice-husk autumn...
rain-drenched grass


1805

on one branch
tumbling head over heels...
autumn colors


1805

leaves turning red--
the village shrine priest
goes forth


1805

mountain field--
the mouse's hole too
under red leaves


1805

enough leftover cotton
to make pajamas...
blowing in the wind


1805

as expected this evening--
willow leaves
begin to fall


1805

low cloud--
night after night
willow leaves fall


1805

in autumn frost
lushly blooming again
roses of Sharon


1805

they crowd to bloom
facing the sea...
roses of Sharon


1805

late-blooming roses of Sharon
four or five...
mosquitos whine


1805

a babbling brook
chills the sake...
roses of Sharon


1805

"For roses of Sharon too
the season of withering..."
whines a mosquito


1805

roses of Sharon
on peaks, in valleys
all the way to Takaya


1805

even the willow
is lonely...
rose of Sharon


1805

night after night
a good wind blows...
roses of Sharon


1805

the moon emerges
'round a curve...
the gourd


1805

all the mountains
are looking old...
gourds


1805

winter night--
received yesterday
a Harima kettle


1805

winter night--
a garden hill too
casts its shadow


1805

cold winter poop
on the pine tree...
evening rain


1805

with the emptiness
of bare trees...
this year ends


1805

for me and the pine
this year of suffering
finally ends


1805

mouth open
as if waiting for spring...
paper maché dog


1805

waiting for spring
sparrows also make a home
in the bamboo


1805

year's end--
the bell of my death place
tolls too


1805

year's end--
when will my turn come
temple bell?


1805

bamboo thicket--
on the year's last day, too
evening rain


1805

first snowfall--
the crows of Kasai
happily caw


1805

lying in bed
with my death stipend rice...
snowy evening


1805

just being here
just being...
snow flitting down


1805

the ban on music
is lifted...
evening snow


1805

climb old China's
Mount Hua...
snow on umbrella-hat


1805

snow falling--
extra plaster
for the little window


1805

falling snow
around the lone pine
twisting


1805

snowy night--
to my half-portion of rice
adding a plum


1805

snow falling--
every place
where people are


1805

night snow--
in a hush people
passing


1805

hurry along!
in nighttime hail
on wooden clogs


1805

expecting an evening
of spring...
evening frost


1805

Basho's Death Day--
at a place famous
for konjac jelly


1805

village festival--
even for the blacksmith
in the trees


1805

even in Edo
cleaning out the hearth...
all alone


1805

harvest moon--
the pine tree's head too
swept for soot


1805

pine breeze--
in the middle of a field too
Twelfth Month singers


1805

pounding rice cakes
gliding into evening...
Sumida River


1805

pounding rice cakes--
the gate is the sparrows'
playground


1805

pounding rice cakes--
the holy man's goose, too
alive and well


1805

at night a sound
like rice cake pounding...
the hackberry tree


1805

at my gate
the usual evening rain...
pounding rice cakes


1805

come, come, snow!
the young pine needs
new clothes


1805

a Pure Land temple's
bell of old age...
listen!


1805

falconry--
a wheat field's rising sun
on one sleeve


1805

winter manure hanging
in the pine...
evening rain


1805

along the road--
enough cotton gathered
to pad my robe


1805

plain, light-blue
skullcaps...
sprinkled in


1805

going to bed
my chrysanthemum sleeps too...
wooden brazier


1805

a sparrow too
my sunset bosom buddy...
wooden brazier


1805

charcoal-smashing hands--
so lonely
so frail


1805

charcoal fire--
my old tatami mat
evening's eyesore


1805

in a flash my home's
dressed to the nines...
morning's charcoal fire


1805

every evening
you're also more depleted...
charcoal bag


1805

rain falling--
tomorrow's chance of firewood
is nil


1805

eating up
the Bay of Waka...
wood fire


1805

by the wood fire
comparing our wrinkles...
Mount Kagami


1805

banked fire--
gulls clamor
in the redbud tree


1805

my banked fire
not lasting long enough...
evening


1805

banked fire--
the mountain pine wind
at my pillow


1805

old Tone--
a wild duck-quacking night
sake flavor


1805

"A famous site
for boiled tofu!"
quack the ducks


1805

with eyes
like a citizen of Edo...
pufferfish


1805

big pufferfish--
facing Mount Fuji
mouth open wide


1805

descending the mountain--
a pufferfish face
claps against him


1805

the door lock
also looks rusty...
falling leaves


1805

when the deer cries
the red leaves too
fall like tears


1805

falling red leaves
not quite enough...
paddy field


1805

in a shallow marsh
feeding a turtle...
winter withering


1805

Shimogyo Town--
the sound of pulping paper
and winter withering


1805

moonlight! shadow!
even en route to Yoshiwara
winter's withering


1805

a man's shadow--
even on St. Jizo's monument
winter withering


1805

winter withering--
sheer boredom
in the mountain home


1805

winter withering--
a signboard for rice cakes
dried and cracked


1805

even for winter's withering
an indifferent face...
sea gull


1805

winter withering--
departing from mother
the pony's face


1805

winter withering--
the sound of pulping paper
completes the evening


1805

winter withering--
a deer looking at
the bucket of beans


1805

celebrate the dawn
too, cricket...
winter plum tree


1805

honorable cherry
and plum blossoms...
moon in the pine


1805

me and the pine--
how much more suffering
for old relics?


1805

rainy thicket--
the god of the poor
must be here


1806

another year
just taking up space...
thatched hut


1806

spring peace--
no plum blossoms yet
this First Month


1806

even my house
is all decked out...
the emperor's spring


1806

does the spoonbill too
hear the begging actors?
"Happy New Year!"


1806

Great Japan!
with your dinner trays
spring blossoms


1806

sleeping through
the New Year's celebration...
mountain home


1806

little well--
seaside herbs mirrored
in its water


1806

on Aimochi Bridge
spring has sprung...
bright moon


1806

little by little
a few trees blooming...
it's springtime!


1806

rain from the eaves
drip-drip...
a late sunset


1806

spring evening--
the boistruous racket
dies down


1806

while examining
a millstone's hoop...
spring has ended


1806

forest ranger--
he sweeps away spring
with a broom


1806

departing spring's
sky turns dark...
mountain pass


1806

so very thin
over morning pickles...
spring frost


1806

wild geese honking
"Let tonight be the end
of the frost!"


1806

down to two leaves
the lonely morning glory...
spring frost


1806

shelter amid tufted grasses--
every time I turn over
spring rain


1806

a little sparrow
chirps in his sleep...
spring rain


1806

not missing
the spring rain's blessing...
blades of grass


1806

spring rain too
comes in sideways...
seacoast


1806

spring rain
on an ancient road...
the pickle vendor


1806

spring rain--
there's one window
per person


1806

even the priceless
garden stone, sick of it...
spring rain


1806

through a window big
as an umbrella-hat...
spring breeze


1806

spring breeze--
the mop on the fence
drying


1806

spring breeze--
let the grass also
drink sake!


1806

temple mountain--
under a spring moon heading
to a poem party


1806

every evening
in raindrops from the eaves...
spring moon


1806

bit by bit
more haze, more moon...
secluded temple


1806

in the misty day
no window can be seen...
a prison


1806

misty day--
grasses at the gate
at noon


1806

on one sleeve
rain pitter-patters...
spring mist


1806

a vegetable patch
of fat little sparrows too...
in the mist


1806

spring mist--
not taking up a hoe
a shameless loafer


1806

Musashi Plain--
our dwelling too
in mist


1806

veiling the mountain
village's sleeping face...
mist


1806

heat shimmers--
the mosquito-breeding thicket
is pretty too


1806

in my sweetheart's house
not one provincial doll
on Doll's Day


1806

my home village--
even the doll's face
made of weeds


1806

their colorful umbrellas
fluttering...
low tide


1806

plowing the rice field
dewdrops fall too...
entrance gate


1806

plowing fields--
festivals, festivals
all over!


1806

back road--
even on top of grasses
sowing herbs


1806

mountain field--
"Nice job of seeding!"
sing the birds


1806

the bush warbler aims
and arrives...
my fence


1806

mountain crows
bring the mountain bush warblers
when you come


1806

hey nesting swallows--
grassy green mountains
are elsewhere


1806

flying swallows--
wherever there's grass
hail Great Japan!


1806

entrusting the thicket
to the field crow...
the lark sings


1806

Mount Ashigara's
mountain pheasant,
celebrate the haze!


1806

hilltop pheasant
are you jealous of the heron's
style?


1806

around noon, squawking
the pheasant walks
through town


1806

even in mountain shade
a plowed field!
the pheasant cries


1806

geese fly north--
how they yearn to see
Mount Sarashina


1806

the geese I know
by sight, are they gone?
rice field of Nara


1806

frogs croaking--
"This rain on the grass
is unsanctioned!"


1806

in Adashi Field
the butterflies seem
sinless


1806

behind me a butterfly
west toward Matsubara
crawls


1806

O goddess Ichihime
smile!
a meadow butterfly


1806

casting a spell
on the man...
meadow butterflies


1806

in Katsushika
even in the outhouse...
a spring butterfly


1806

gate after gate
making the rounds...
little butterfly


1806

heron on a post--
butterflies in a breathless
flurry


1806

meadow butterflies--
the cow also
gazes


1806

flitting butterfly
to Buddha's lap
returns


1806

the new grass
cools my cold rice...
humble hut


1806

in the new grass too
evening comes...
chirping sparrow


1806

chiding the new grass
for not being ready...
sunset bell


1806

straggly violets--
here, too
the moon's dwelling


1806

a swish-swish
deep in the thicket...
flowering mustard


1806

flowering mustard
drapes the back...
my home


1806

in the thicket no one
knows about
trees budding bright


1806

springtime
yet it blooms reluctantly...
the camellia


1806

my home village--
even lying-down cows
look at camellias


1806

in plain old everyday
plains and fields...
plum blossoms!


1806

may the wind send
this plum blossom scent
to Kyoto!


1806

plum blossom scent--
even the weasel passes
with a song


1806

wrapped in the scent
of plum blossoms...
little house


1806

plum blossom scent--
through a needle's eye
the light


1806

even weeds under the tree
smell nice...
plum blossoms


1806

mountain village--
wiping greasy hands
on plum blossoms


1806

that dog ought to poop
pure gold!
blossom shade


1806

scattering blossoms--
today too
like olden times


1806

under my nose
they have passed on too...
cherry blossoms of Ueno


1806

cherry blossoms--
I also hear a temple bell
from my twenties


1806

in cherry blossom shade
there are even those
who hate this world


1806

from now on
cherry blossom solitude!
my window


1806

on Mount Ubasute
where the old were left to die...
cherry blossoms


1806

most end up
stuck in mud...
cherry blossoms


1806

an idler--
under the cherry blossoms
I live


1806

even in sleep
pigeons come to coo...
cherry blossoms


1806

no one says
"First cherry blossoms!"
my humble hut


1806

cherry trees in bloom
with no crowds...
castle mountain


1806

all night
under the cherry blossoms
nagging


1806

vacant temple--
industriously blooming
peach and cherry


1806

Japan's night sky
has become
all willows


1806

lined up
with the evening mountain...
a willow


1806

in summer's early dawn
a hackberry tree...
back window


1806

in summer's early dawn
a bird comes chirping...
hackberry tree


1806

the moon shining--
no carousing
this summer night!


1806

evening cool--
for each little village
one little hill


1806

evening cool--
a Buddha of healing
in a thicket


1806

in a cloudburst
another festival shrine
passes by


1806

rainstorm--
hanging over the village
that doesn't pray


1806

rainstorm--
a wildflower blooms
at my pillow


1806

remote village--
before rice can be hulled
the clouds billow


1806

mountain village--
before rice can be hulled
the clouds billow


1806

only when a scrap of cloud
billows to form peaks...
then to bed


1806

when I go back to sleep
it quickly forms peaks...
little cloud


1806

at a humble hut, too
a green rice field, the smoke
of New Year's pine


1806

an arm for a pillow
imagining the green rice field
is mine


1806

Buddha's birthday--
fat little sparrows
and their parents


1806

picking flowers--
everyone with a different
style of fan


1806

a butterfly deigns
to come and dance...
summer flowers


1806

a cool wind today
the first of the month...
Mount Fuji


1806

irises on the eaves--
before they shrivel
to bed I go


1806

new summer robes--
the town today
at the low-tide beach


1806

a "Good fortune!" wish
even for the pigweed...
paper fan


1806

sunset bell--
one ear covered
with my paper fan


1806

catching a cold
in Kasuga Field's bush clover...
a fawn


1806

a fawn imitating
people...
deep tree shade


1806

eating bush clover leaves
while sound asleep...
a fawn


1806

smoke rising--
the bats' world, too
is good


1806

cuckoo--
laughing at the man
in the burning house?


1806

even a penny teahouse
a happy thing!
mountain cuckoo


1806

mountain cuckoo--
the cherry blossoms of Shinano
have bloomed!


1806

when you step one foot
on the mountain...
mountain cuckoo


1806

my hut's firefly
still hasn't starved
to death


1806

first firefly--
I see you enter Kyoto
a second time


1806

Musashi Plain--
can't see Fuji from this village
but it's firefly time!


1806

skinny firefly
on the big boat's mast
clinging


1806

skinny firefly--
here too I wonder who
will call for you?


1806

my house
where the town's fireflies
hide out


1806

my gate--
lodging for the fireflies
there being no grass


1806

in my thicket
at the end of their time...
fireflies


1806

O joy!
the mosquitos of Kazusa
feast on me too


1806

burned to ashes--
even the blameless
mosquitos


1806

my hut's flies--
what are you so restlessly
doing with your lives?


1806

Katsushika--
swatting at flies
befriending a pine


1806

while swatting a fly
today again...
the mountain temple bell


1806

swatting flies--
today too they come
at a sheep's pace


1806

swatting flies--
the cape's pine tree
becomes a friend


1806

flies flying--
a maple tree reflected
on the tatami mat


1806

so many flies--
a storm engulfs
the maple tree


1806

sharing the sunset
with the pony...
a snail


1806

at an old house
with sooty straw...
blooming peony


1806

one little tub
one blooming lotus...
evening falls


1806

lotus blossoms--
the beggar's smoke
wafts over


1806

lotuses in bloom--
the swallow isn't
growing old!


1806

Lucky the Toad
crawl out!
lotus blossom


1806

foggy rain--
let the lilies in the desolate field
bloom!


1806

the bamboo shoots suffer
this crappy world's
storm


1806

another fruitless year
for the scrawny plum tree...
my life


1806

Ninth Month--
the sky wears a colorful
kimono


1806

the blooming pink
rallies its spirits...
a cold night


1806

the pink flaunts
a single bloom...
a cold night


1806

people's voices--
in the grove the cold night
isn't


1806

mountain village--
a cold night's
night walker


1806

a chill running
up my spine...
chilly clouds


1806

chilly, chilly
the sun deigns to rise
behind me


1806

yet another traveler
overtakes me...
autumn dusk


1806

children
on autumn's last day...
a ruckus!


1806

taking no notice
of such a moon...
little house


1806

on a soot-grimed
straw mat too...
moon-gazing


1806

harvest moon--
before long a hated
wind blows


1806

in autumn wind
a cicada-stung man too
passes by


1806

autumn wind--
a face used to its blast
in his mountain home


1806

from morning on
autumn wind blowing...
burnt roof tiles


1806

autumn wind--
from people's faces
it starts to blow


1806

behind me
the autumn wind blows
me home


1806

the bucket hoops
can't stop trembling...
autumn wind


1806

so quickly
on my umbrella-hat's cord...
autumn wind's first day


1806

under which star
is my home?
autumn wind


1806

watching water
sprinkling on grass...
autumn wind


1806

burnt wooden posts
stretching upward...
autumn wind


1806

blow and cool
the burnt wooden posts!
autumn wind


1806

examining
burnt wooden posts...
autumn wind


1806

over tumbled-down
burnt house pillars...
autumn wind


1806

do you whisper
"Cast away desire?"
autumn wind


1806

morning glories open
one by one...
an autumn gale


1806

from babyhood
this lesson is learned...
evening dew


1806

not thinking that
tomorrow I'll be smoke...
grassy dew


1806

soon enough
for the murderer too...
dew on the grass


1806

dewdrops forming--
on the hill, of course
smoke rising


1806

dewdrops forming--
widlflowers
at the samurai's gate


1806

on my nagging
climbing over the fence...
dewdrops


1806

dewy gate--
the sparrow's chirp
sparkles too


1806

dewdrops on the grass
at first so happy!
so cool!


1806

unaware
of the silver dewdrops...
my neighbor's flute


1806

dew dripping down--
a scowling Buddha-face
wet with it


1806

in beads of dew
one by one my home
village


1806

lightning flash--
a rain shower party
for the wild grasses


1806

is that dew
the horse's tears?
autumn mountain


1806

on Bon-dancing night
a hidden pine too...
has grown old


1806

with a spear
you dance! dance! so well
village child


1806

such cool air!
Tanabata clouds
and evening


1806

Tanabata Night--
a single eggplant
standing up


1806

the Boy Star
beams his smile...
through the trees


1806

the sumo champion
and the dawn...
classics


1806

once upon a time
he was the champ...
humble cottage


1806

evening falls--
wind blows too
on the sumo wrestler


1806

scarecrows standing--
a house without rice cakes
can't be found


1806

the pine saplings
looking pretty...
a scarecrow


1806

facing my way
in the cold rain...
a scarecrow


1806

that farmer
draining his rice field...
lonely too?


1806

the rice field guard
also watches...
water drains away


1806

in Yoshino's
ancient night...
someone pounding cloth


1806

a bush warbler too
shows up singing...
yuzumiso in the pot


1806

they call it
wind through the pines...
cooking yumiso


1806

a hill--
snipes call for a day
of life to begin


1806

Kamakura--
they even fly up sleeves
the snipe


1806

a snipe calls--
steam is rising
from my soup


1806

rice field geese--
not a single voice
sounds old


1806

once they settle down
another clamor...
rice field geese


1806

wind is blowing
and so the geese
are honking


1806

geese honking
hasten the evening...
little house


1806

evening wind--
the geese turn around
honking


1806

the day is short
as is the life
of the dragonfly


1806

leaving the morning glory
songless...
a katydid


1806

over wildflowers
soup steam wafts...
autumn festival


1806

chrysanthemums bloom
with ease...
riverbank


1806

among my pitifully
thatched eaves...
a chrysanthemum


1806

born again
morning glories make
autumn bloom


1806

morning glories--
they also aren't tired
of blooming


1806

morning glories
on the saw scrap heap
bloom


1806

is that dew
the horse's tears?
rice blossoms


1806

even where the puppy
sleeps...
red fallen leaves


1806

a fluffy pillow
for the young buck...
red leaves


1806

one sleeve cold
river's rushing sound...
evening's red leaves


1806

leaves turning red--
making my morning tea
complete


1806

oppressed by creepers
roses
of Sharon


1806

roses of Sharon
despite the scolding crows
survive


1806

chestnuts dropping
one by one...
the night deepens


1806

wooden bucket--
but no mountain chestnuts
today


1806

little chestnuts
how often are you
stepped on!


1806

little chestnuts
pissed on by the horse...
shiny new


1806

a frozen bell clangs
on the mountain behind...
still in bed


1806

marking the end
of another year...
snowfall


1806

comparing my wrinkles
with the pickled plums...
first winter rain


1806

come in snail
and live with me...
first winter rain


1806

festival sake
festooned with red leaves...
first winter rain


1806

mushrooms congregate
on the tree stump...
winter rain


1806

on me, on the mountain
we take our turns...
winter rain


1806

over the vendor's cooked food
evening's
winter wind


1806

winter wind
blowing in my sleeves...
sake, beans and rice


1806

in winter wind
basking in the sun...
Mount Matsuchi


1806

falling snow
we'll sleep at my house
maybe tomorrow


1806

it's snowing, geese
come quick!
to my gate


1806

pierced by
Lord Noto's arrowhead...
a hailstone


1806

stuck in the wrinkles
of my knees...
hailstones


1806

sleet falling
into steam rising...
rice cake tub


1806

hot water on rice
and I'm happy...
sleet falling


1806

first frost--
my teeth could crack radishes
up to last year


1806

frost on grass--
in this year of suffering
I'm off to trample you


1806

facing a house
without sake...
night frost


1806

here and there
eggplants dangle too...
withered fields


1806

all sorts of fools
moon-gaze too...
winter prayers


1806

break out
the konjac jelly!
first winter rain


1806

at midwinter bathing
wringing my sleeves too...
so cold!


1806

ashamed--
eating then going to bed
I hear the winter prayers


1806

just watching it
my whole body shivers...
cold water bathing


1806

all the tea at hand
I unseal...
evening time


1806

first thing smoking
in my winter hearth...
red leaves


1806

in Katsushika
they dump soot there too...
Sumida River


1806

the Twelfth Month singers
don't turn around and look...
Sumida River


1806

at dawn
with the wicker fish trap
fisherman, chatting


1806

a bit cheeky
morning's first rooster...
wicker fish trap hut


1806

sowing wheat
under the pines...
Buddhist temple


1806

even for this body of dust--
this year's cotton
is worn


1806

hearing the winter quilt
unfold, here comes
sparrow


1806

is the horse also
growing old well?
snow sled song


1806

"Great Japan!"
join the snow sled song
sparrows


1806

the plum tree too
utterly shackled...
winter seclusion


1806

early winter seclusion--
whose thin smoke
over there?


1806

winter seclusion--
the wild geese labor
till evening


1806

for three months
my winter seclusion...
old age


1806

white charcoal
not broken his year...
in my fist


1806

wild boar--
it looks like you just
woke up


1806

wind blows--
the wild boar's sleeping face
so innocent


1806

trampling my house
to pieces, are you?
flock of plovers


1806

wrapped in
red, red leaves...
pufferfish face


1806

entering a gate
under plum blossoms...
pufferfish vendor


1806

entering Kyoto
wrapped in red leaves...
pufferfish face


1806

with a pufferfish
crossing Musashi Plain...
red raincoat


1806

winter hay
and smoke from tea grounds...
sweet nostalgia


1806

bobbing and weaving
a know-nothing bird sings...
fallen leaves


1806

tea smoke too
in the Buddha's shadow...
falling leaves


1806

at falling time
the birds rejoice...
tree leaves


1806

looking again and again
behind him...
leaves falling


1806

mixed in
with the fried rice...
red leaves


1806

why so slow
withering?
little thicket's hedge


1806

lacking good sense
out-of-season flowers
on the fence


1806

on a burnt branch
before my eyes...
out-of-season bloom


1806

let this be your
singing place, cricket...
winter plum tree


1807

even on New Year's Day
around here Edo
is countrified


1807

for the turtle too
it's the First Month
first day


1807

may the gods grant
prosperity!
the emperor's spring


1807

spring begins--
I send up my smoke
like everyone else


1807

at my gate
the artless pigeon too
sings "It's spring!"


1807

even the smoke
rises anciently...
spring begins


1807

with no cards or letters
spring has begun...
thatched hut


1807

"Spring's begun"
I say then see
the hole in the wall


1807

today too
the hackberry tree snags
the kite


1807

the trainer lets
his monkey hold it...
New Year's kite


1807

sound of a loom--
hidden in bamboo
a New Year's kite


1807

New Year's Day--
plum blossom-viewing
from my bed


1807

it being today
even in a nook of the hedge
picking herbs


1807

Koyorogi--
the beach sets a limit
to herb-picking


1807

appreciating
the falling snow...
picking herbs


1807

the bush warbler sings
with a country twang...
springtime


1807

rising over
the swishing grasses...
spring sun


1807

spring sun--
over the swishing grasses
gliding up


1807

off to Asakusa
with coins to offer...
a long spring day


1807

for the turtle on a rock
the usual...
long spring day


1807

the back gate
opens on its own...
a long spring day


1807

getting dark later--
the sound of building
a hut for hawks


1807

the chicken stares
at the man...
a long spring day


1807

the horned owl's opinion--
every day
is long


1807

blades of grass
catch the measles too...
spring departs


1807

"even this long spring
comes to an end..."
mountain meadow


1807

thin spring snow--
everyone in
a New Year's mood


1807

spring snow
on my narrow sleeves...
clinging


1807

spring snow sprinkles
the earth god's
festival song


1807

my home village--
rice cakes soaked
with spring snow


1807

rustling reeds
all bedraggled...
spring rain


1807

off to enjoy
Mokubo Temple's evening...
spring's last rain


1807

for the mountain village
the usual First Month...
spring rain


1807

the spring breeze
whistles through...
pond snail shells


1807

in spring's breeze
clutching chopsticks...
a sleeping child


1807

over sticky rice cakes
the good spring breeze
blows


1807

misty day--
the meal at the mountain's foot
marvelous


1807

through heat shimmers
the murmuring
rain


1807

heat shimmers--
the katydid must be
in that hole


1807

on Devil's Island
on Buddha's Death-Day...
cherry blossoms


1807

even the sumo wrestler
has a blast...
Doll Festival


1807

by ones and twos
in little nooks they crouch...
low tide


1807

Fukagawa--
from a peach tree gathering
low tide shells


1807

threshing tea--
leaves fly at a fat sparrow's
face too


1807

sowing seeds to the edge
of the kettle's soot-pile...
herbs


1807

the blessed priest
won't see it in his next life...
grafted tree


1807

at my gate
the crow laughs
at the branch I grafted


1807

even the stray cat
begging
for a wife!


1807

nestling--
even when people come
opening its mouth


1807

while I watch
he's off to make a living alone...
baby sparrow


1807

after the bush warbler drinks
water is drawn...
old well


1807

bush warbler--
what don't you know
about people?


1807

the bush warbler sings--
no trace of a country
accent


1807

bush warbler sings
a pestle pounds...
plum blossoms


1807

even on the little islands
Buddha's law...
swallows


1807

baby swallows in the nest--
eyes glued
on the evening sky


1807

mountain village--
even the swallows sing
in celebration


1807

evening swallows--
no hope for tomorrow
for me


1807

through a gap
in the cloths for sale...
a skylark


1807

singing since morning
skylark, your throat
is parched


1807

singing lark--
little grasses too
become money


1807

getting used to drinking
the horse's water...
a pheasant


1807

a pheasant crying
the old woman's plot of wheat, too
all green


1807

a pheasant cries--
burnt black yesterday
this ancient pine


1807

the pheasant's cry
sounds half-hearted...
spring begins


1807

giving these skinny legs
new life...
a pheasant


1807

geese have gone--
the field's grass chafing
people


1807

the departing goose
drops an enormous
crap


1807

smell the thicket's
buckwheat before you go...
departing geese


1807

the traveling geese
check it out thoroughly...
sooty mat


1807

traveling geese--
the human heart, too
wanders


1807

from a tub
amid tufted grasses...
croaking frog


1807

next to my shadow
that
of a frog


1807

frogs croaking
the nights becoming
shorter


1807

Noin's rain
pitter-patter falls too...
on the frog


1807

in leafy shade
an old man's voice...
a frog!


1807

in leafy shade
gazing at the camellia...
croaking frog


1807

"Come see
the crappy house at night!"
croak the frogs


1807

an evening frog
in rainy weeds sings
of old age


1807

at my gate
the hoarse frog
keeps singing


1807

a butterfly on the horse's
wet leg
fast asleep


1807

thicket bees
in the next life don't
be like me


1807

tufted grasses--
the horse gazes
at plum blossoms


1807

for the pony
it's a neck-scratcher...
blooming plum


1807

the thicket's edge
blooming on the sly...
plum trees


1807

glaring at the newcomer
with his umbrella...
blossom shade


1807

like the sky
over Katsushika...
clouds of blossoms


1807

cherry blossoms--
I've been living in Edo
for this day!


1807

rain of cherry blossoms--
this year, too
I've sinned


1807

cherry blossom shade--
"That was good thunder!"
he says


1807

cherry blossom clouds--
leaving Edo
tomorrow


1807

blossoming mountain--
even men who've knocked down Buddha
are here


1807

for the poor
there's no spring
without blossoms!


1807

even in falling rain
satisfied faces...
blossom shade


1807

behind me a dog
growls his distrust...
cherry blossoms!


1807

bells and big drums
all stop...
cherry blossoms


1807

cherry blossom guard--
not much
of a Buddhist


1807

simply trust,
simply trust!
cherry blossoms in bloom


1807

the vegetable patch too
is worth a look...
cherry blossoms


1807

in yellow roses
a great courtier's
thin kimono


1807

the village child
clutching the willow
sound asleep


1807

planting grass--
the nights are growing
shorter


1807

short summer night--
this morning on my pillow
dewdrops


1807

June rain--
the crow scorns
my thatched hut


1807

June rain--
they watch from two houses
wildflowers


1807

looking again
looking again...
someone else's green field


1807

the sky colors
of dawn have changed
to summer clothes


1807

every time I put on
the summer kimono...
feel old


1807

such a moon!
yet he's under his fan
asleep


1807

the rivers have
an ancient darkness...
cuckoo


1807

cuckoo--
since you're in Kyoto
look at that moon!


1807

cuckoo--
this year again, nothing
but weeds


1807

the cuckoo's becoming
a regular...
moonlit night


1807

making the bush warbler
reach old age...
my thatched hut


1807

my fence where the bush warbler
comes to sleep...
it too is old


1807

wind-blown softly
through the open window...
firefly


1807

is my wrinkled hand
bad for walking?
first firefly


1807

while I'm gone
you and the bush warbler are in charge
my snail


1807

fresh green leaves
blowing, blowing...
where I lie


1807

smoke rises
on Mount Togakushi...
skin-chilling air


1807

Echigo mountains--
a chill runs up
my spine


1807

a chill runs up
my spine...
Echigo mountains


1807

autumn chill--
my spine feels
the mottled mountain


1807

autumn evening--
this is nothing like
my home village


1807

drifting cloud--
"Autumn is over!"
a cicada sings


1807

a glimpse of moon
over my home village...
then clouds


1807

even the moon
over my home village...
brings tears


1807

bright moon--
in a little thicket too
a festival!


1807

not caring about
the harvest moon above...
house party


1807

mountain fog--
the beautiful voice
of the dung-hauler


1807

does it delight
the village child?
bell for the ancestors


1807

on the ancestors' altar
without fail
a lucky wind blows


1807

you saw the bonfires
for the dead?
mountain rain


1807

Bon dancing night--
the little stream flows
more anciently


1807

Bon dancing night--
seems especially ancient
this flow...


1807

now and then
a pine breeze...
sumo wrestler


1807

avoiding the wildflowers
he sits...
sumo champion


1807

the sumo wrestler
and the pine
grow old together


1807

a little party
in the red leaves...
mountain deer


1807

the hoe's a curse
I'm thinking tonight...
wild geese calling


1807

pulling shut
the window covers...
geese honking


1807

in the grassy meadow
how l-o-n-g you are!
red dragonfly


1807

people call it
the "Buckwheat Place"
red dragonfly


1807

the dragonfly's redness--
chased away
by people


1807

the dragonfly's tail, too
day by day
grows old


1807

from the eaves
one by one...
wildflowers


1807

blooming better
and better!
the festival chrysanthemum


1807

watered by
the village dog...
chrysanthemum


1807

snow country's
humongous morning glories
have bloomed!


1807

down and dirty
just as is...
bush clover blooms


1807

after blooming day
twining 'round my legs...
bush clover


1807

Tama River--
entwined around a pestle
blooming bush clover


1807

barren bush clover--
softly, softly its blooms
have scattered


1807

evening falls--
blooming bush clover
fills the window


1807

the little crow
also weeps for joy...
ears of rice


1807

morning after morning
slurping salted tea...
red leaves


1807

the young buck
wipes his wet nose...
autumn leaves


1807

drawing near them
a sudden loneliness...
autumn leaves


1807

red leaves--
the closer you get
a bit sad


1807

the youngest child
joins us for morning tea...
red persimmon leaves


1807

puckery persimmons
also yield red leaves...
late riser


1807

before people do
herons raise a clamor
"Ice!"


1807

the year ends--
how long will that turtle
hang there?


1807

winter storm, winter wind--
the cow's sweat
blown away


1807

winter wind
from off the mountain...
night howling


1807

winter wind--
the pig giggles
in his sleep


1807

from the deep heart
of Shinano
snow is falling


1807

mallet brushwood--
good words spoken about
our great snow country


1807

sleeping side by side
Shinano's mountains too...
evening snow


1807

snow falling--
the entrance gate
to Shinano


1807

snowy day--
people of my village too
unwelcoming


1807

mountain of snow--
the day I don't see it
I'll go


1807

first frost--
what are you praying for
katydid?


1807

Basho's Death Day--
where winter rain falls
konjac jelly


1807

my grave too
will soon need his prayer...
a monk beats his bowl


1807

sweeping soot--
even the sparrow's bed
in the thicket


1807

grumble, grumble
the pigeon nags...
no gift of new clothes


1807

the pines of Takasago
laughing...
the year's last day


1807

gathered up and down
the shore...
firewood for the new year


1807

drowsily nodding off--
circle of friends
in paper robes


1807

looking pitiful
in the blighted tree...
a skullcap


1807

for a chysanthemum
nipped by frost...
wooden brazier


1807

today too
bamboo viewing...
wooden brazier


1807

charcoal scale--
please dont be
next door!


1807

paying no heed
that spring is coming...
the wood fire


1807

through the smoke
a glimpse of olden times...
fallen leaves


1807

this loneliness
and to top it off...
fallen leaves


1807

even holy Jizo
is looking older...
fallen leaves


1807

falling on
my lone bonfire of leaves...
evening rain


1807

for the bush warbler
one is a hat...
red leaves


1807

pruning the wick
of the candle too...
little pine


1807

the crow looks
like he's thinking
"Tomorrow!"


1807

meeting you again
my home village...
one-sided love


1807

hot bath steam
a bit stuck-up...
little hut


1808

ah well
the road is wretched...
year's first day


1808

a shiny-new year
has come again...
for my lice


1808

First Month--
at the cat's grave too
plum blossoms


1808

First Month--
in a nook of the village
plum blossoms!


1808

old coat--
a long First Month
finally ends


1808

stand of trees--
wild daisies also part
of flowering spring


1808

the wild daisies
celebrating
spring's first day


1808

a new spring
and a monkey!
viewed through my cuff


1808

spring's begun--
the sky over my house too
like olden times


1808

while I slept
the plum tree bloomed!
lucky direction walk


1808

those plum blossoms too
must trust...
lowering the basket


1808

on the homecoming servant's
face too...
plum blossoms


1808

on the Servants' Holiday
there's no hiding
the white hair


1808

Soba Field--
on the first day of Rat
picking a pine tree


1808

stockpiling rice
for Little New Year's...
little nook of spring


1808

out of place
with the New Year's pine...
my house


1808

putting on my
New Year's clothes...
the mountain owl laughs


1808

New Year's water--
an unfortunate soul
ladles it


1808

begging actors--
the olden times return
today


1808

now it's a springtime
befitting old men...
evening rain


1808

spring peace--
too much light hits
my back-alley home


1808

spring day--
the outhouse sandals
are new


1808

the bush warbler's
throat is parched...
a long spring day


1808

grass growing
from a dent in stone...
getting dark later


1808

complaining about
my neighbor's bamboo...
a long spring day


1808

even for the meadow
butterflies...
the day is long


1808

days for blossoms
to scatter...
sadly grow longer


1808

roly-poly pigeons
growing fatter...
a long spring day


1808

Sumida River
from whence will spring's dusk
come?


1808

the spring dusk
signs off...
Kanei Temple


1808

spring evening--
the bamboo fire-feeding pipe
is a treasure


1808

at Iozaki
an old-timey evening...
spring rain


1808

hole in the wall--
"blessed" spring's
night rain


1808

in a place spring rain
has stopped...
"I wait for thee"


1808

in spring rain
Kamakura's sparrow's...
how they sing!


1808

home village--
spring rain on the grass
Hoe Festival


1808

to my dinner tray
evening's spring breeze
comes wafting


1808

misty day--
the great courtier
with sand in his hair


1808

a precious harp
a beggar's flute
deep in mist


1808

a poorly played flute
faintly, faintly...
spring mist


1808

heat shimmers rise
even from my hand's
wrinkles!


1808

heat shimmers--
tomorrow's sake price
on a little brushwood fence


1808

heat shimmers--
yesterday it sang
pond snail shell


1808

heat shimmers--
someone listening to
a snail shell


1808

by Doll Festival time
not a decent cherry tree
blooming anywhere


1808

do you think
it's too smoky in here?
face of the doll


1808

the butterfly and sparrow
creep along with it...
low tide


1808

some stay behind
in the wheat...
low tide crows


1808

the bush warbler, too
has a merry song...
tea pickers


1808

even bird-eating birds
lose their nests
in the burning grass


1808

the butterfly sleeps--
until the burning field's smoke
covers it


1808

giving shade
for the farmer's plowing...
plum blossoms


1808

just hearing a bush warbler
is enough...
grafting a branch


1808

become the bush warbler's
sleeping place...
my grafted tree


1808

after dark
now I want to fix it...
grafted tree


1808

plum blossom scent
sends him carousing...
lazy cat


1808

are you planning
to leave your nest, little bird?
evening bell


1808

anchoring
the bird's nest...
the fence


1808

adding themselves
to the bird's nest...
cherry blossoms


1808

bush warbler--
even the turtle wants
to break into song


1808

not hushing up
for the bush warbler...
sparrows


1808

bush warbler--
the nursing baby also
opens her mouth


1808

nesting swallows
what are you grumbling about?
darkness


1808

speeding along
a lazy day, the singing
of a skylark


1808

a pheasant cries--
the teardrop rain
of Umewaka Day


1808

its tail points
to the rising moon...
pheasant


1808

the field pheasant's
hiding place...
my hut


1808

Mokubo Temple--
even at dusk the pheasant
still crying


1808

mountain temple--
in the outhouse too
a pheasant cries


1808

at my gate
what's your point?
crying pheasant


1808

even the wild geese
leave it alone...
my home


1808

that croaking at the plum tree
is growing old...
frog


1808

even atop
the seaside dweller's rice...
a frog


1808

his mouth open
for the falling blossoms...
a frog


1808

behind blooming
flowers of bindweed...
a frog


1808

mountain temple bell--
the frog too
must feel old


1808

watching me
with a grumpy face...
a frog


1808

on the offering shelf
does the butterfly also hear
Buddha's promise?


1808

Adashi Field--
preceding the dewdrops
butterflies


1808

gate's butterfly
since dawn, how have you
kept yourself busy?


1808

if you like sake
butterfly, come!
Sumida River


1808

a flying butterfly
broken by chopsticks...
wild plum


1808

spring's first butterfly
sleeps there all night...
dog's bowl


1808

first butterfly--
before long some crow's
bite


1808

spring butterflies--
the cow has no desire
to be young again


1808

a copper pheasant
coos in the rain...
a flitting butterfly


1808

among the whitebait
a big mud turtle
plays too


1808

darting whitebait
suddenly are born...
night haze


1808

whitebait--
yesterday they parted ways
with the turtle


1808

in new grass
even I'm in fashion!
this year's sleeves


1808

new grass--
a sparrow and I
just playing


1808

in round numbers
about three hundred years...
violets


1808

flowering mustard
barging in, blooms...
Yoshino Hill


1808

mustard flowers bloom
while lying down...
my hut


1808

flowering mustard--
even on a rainy night
Higashi Mountains


1808

tied to the trellis
it blooms no more...
wisteria


1808

the way things are--
the bark-stripper's plum trees
are in bloom


1808

plum blossom scent--
slurping it in
with the vegetable soup


1808

getting used to this blanket
of plum blossom scent...
straw mat


1808

tucked into folds
of plum blossom scent
I sleep


1808

plum blossoms gone
suddenly Kyoto
looks old


1808

the owl
has a connoisseur's face...
plum blossoms


1808

"Well then, we'll teach you
how to die..."
blossom shade


1808

the beggar too
sings a song?
blossom shade


1808

among cherry blossoms
not so soldierly...
Sir Horse


1808

cherry blossoms--
how long
since olden times?


1808

splish-splash!
the sparrow takes
a blossom bath


1808

cherry blossoms scatter--
a bush warbler sings
I cry


1808

cherry trees in full bloom--
colds, no doubt
are spreading


1808

cherry blossoms--
birds with eyes stitched
shut singing


1808

rain of blossoms
and the Tiger's tears...
let them mingle


1808

once again
there's a toll on the bridge...
blossom viewing


1808

a cherry blossom
blizzard...
the dog's bowl


1808

tomorrow and tomorrow
will they still be?
cherry blossoms


1808

polished to a shine
by my sweat...
cherry blossoms


1808

the little boy
goes with his father...
mountain cherry blossoms


1808

even the rice grinders
stop singing...
cherry blossoms scatter


1808

cherry blossoms--
to my lowly sleeve
they cling


1808

that they die hard
is proven again...
cherry blossoms


1808

a soot-grimed
umbrella-hat too...
on cherry blossom day


1808

the cursed cedar
growing fat...
cherry blossoms fall


1808

cherry blossoms scatter--
another day
of life's chaos


1808

under the cherry tree
in bloom
a little gambling shack


1808

sticky rice cakes--
but too late
cherry blossoms fall


1808

the Buddha too
looks this way...
cherry blossoms!


1808

mountain cherry blossoms--
hair decoration
for a bald man


1808

mountain cherry blossoms--
the pine trees
stand guard


1808

his peach sapling
has blossomed...
though he never prays


1808

the servant returns
and welcoming him home...
peach blossoms


1808

in mosquito territory
the double blossom
yellow roses


1808

yellow rose--
the cultivated grasses
blocking your sun


1808

the yellow rose
wants to hang around...
for the cuckoo


1808

even in little nooks
green willows...
Kyoto


1808

killing a chicken--
the willow at the gate
so green


1808

a bird leaves the nest
to see for himself...
short summer night


1808

stitching together
the short summer nights...
croaking frogs


1808

short summer night--
wind-made flaws in bamboo
mend


1808

choking off
the cool breeze...
wild roses


1808

glug-glug goes
cool water...
bees have left their hive


1808

even where I sleep
the June rain
sends its wind


1808

in the cloudburst
paying no heed...
sleeves of the dancers


1808

summer mountain--
dewdrops in the grass
all shapes and sizes


1808

from the plume grass
the saint's pure water
flows


1808

the blooming pinks
folded over...
pure water


1808

the beehive dangles
heavily above...
pure water


1808

mountain's pure water--
though shaded by trees
it disperses


1808

deigning to guard
the pure water...
a stone Buddha


1808

old weeds--
the festival's breeze
reaches them


1808

paying no heed
to Buddha's birthday...
wildflowers


1808

a wisteria trellis
joins the fray...
Buddha's birthday flowers


1808

lazy cicada--
wearing only a light
kimono of wings


1808

growing old
with the early chrysanthemum
paper fan


1808

conducting the choir
of evening's insects...
paper fan


1808

it reaches
the bush warbler's bed too...
smudge pot smoke


1808

a four or five foot
yellow rose trembles...
smudge pot smoke


1808

at my humble hut
smoked by mosquito smudge...
wildflowers


1808

dewdrops--
evening's smudge pot smoke
over wildflowers


1808

thin legs--
while cooling myself appraised
by a horsefly


1808

the bats' home
getting on in years...
the post


1808

get a move on, bat!
it's dinnertime
in Kyoto


1808

drinking cheap sake--
this cuckoo
this grove


1808

the bush warbler, too
isn't growing old!
mountain sake


1808

from deep inside
the pretty flower...
a mosquito


1808

drinking at the gate--
mosquito, you too
toast the morning moon!


1808

mosquitos coming out--
such a gorgeous
evening sky


1808

whine of mosquitos--
just stretching your foot
toward the grass


1808

mosquitos whine--
even the rustling bamboo
is slandered


1808

on wet shins
they can't stick well...
mosquitos


1808

a great spot
to hear the cuckoo...
but mosquitos!


1808

swatting a fly
but hitting
the Buddha


1808

chasing a fly
all the way
to the blooming pink


1808

blades of grass--
utterly drenched the cicada
sings


1808

the only thing
the cicada wears...
cool,light kimono


1808

for the cicada too
with outstretched legs...
the noon sky


1808

in one village
late-summer bonito
and bright moon


1808

through blooming bindweed
a large woman
makes her way


1808

in bindweed
"Cricky! Cricky!" a cricket
sings


1808

blooming bindweed--
as red
as the devil's eggplant


1808

bindweed flowers--
even on the smoke-covered
rocks


1808

be a Moon Flower
Rich Man...
just one star


1808

enjoy the moonflowers
O god
of the outhouse!


1808

moonflowers--
the pitter-pattering rain
a good luck god


1808

bamboo shoots--
the bush warbler brings
her children


1808

peeling a melon
in the plume grass...
a breeze


1808

Ninth Month--
the 29th day
the chrysanthemum blooms


1808

autumn begins--
lying down, looking at
snowy mountains


1808

first autumn morning
the mountain snow's wind
arrives


1808

nippy air
turns even nippier...
nightfall


1808

a nippy wind--
quince fruit
quince blossoms


1808

nippy air--
the sold pony goes
on a journey


1808

nippy, nippy air
in the thatched hut...
nightfall


1808

the horse neighs--
the night just as cold
for him


1808

a pine tree
like none other...
a cold night


1808

against the tree
by the gate a ladder...
a cold night


1808

a huge disappointment
nights turning cold...
little house


1808

one and all
faces of the Buddhas
cold tonight


1808

emerging moon--
there's no house
not cold tonight


1808

such cold nights!
behind the barrier gate
he stands


1808

even the gourd
seems to shiver...
a cold night


1808

my paper lantern
is snatched away...
a cold night


1808

hey snail
how do you make your living?
autumn dusk


1808

the owl is happy
in his solitude...
autumn dusk


1808

with the moon out
it seems to shrink back...
little mountain


1808

no sight yet
of the rising moon...
holy men


1808

Shinano road--
how many nights now
that moon on the eaves?


1808

not looking smoky
through hot spring steam...
face of the moon


1808

under my bottom
the stone warms up...
moonlit night


1808

as if stone--
this harvest moon
that woman


1808

blocking completely
the harvest moon...
hackberry tree


1808

lit by the harvest moon
no different...
trashy house


1808

the harvest moon too
turns a cold shoulder...
little house


1808

autumn heavens--
for one little bird
so vast


1808

trusting its fate
to the autumn wind...
duckweed


1808

in autumn wind
this year's crop...
red leaves


1808

autumn wind--
even in the eaves
balls of miso


1808

autumn wind--
death draws closer
with every year


1808

through what teeth
I have left
autumn's wind whistles


1808

dewdrops forming--
each by each no worry
till tomorrow


1808

dew on the grass--
are you watching people
as you tumble?


1808

what do you think
of the silver dew
Mr. Scarecrow?


1808

in the silver dew
I'd like to sow seeds
of plume grass


1808

in silver dew
people with offerings...
rice for Buddha


1808

silver dewdrops--
the house's owner
is ashamed


1808

silvery silvery dewdrops--
I rest my chin
on my cane


1808

happily watching
the dewdrops forming...
a frog


1808

please do form
O dewdrops!
says my hut


1808

stinging bug
you too someday, some time...
dewy grass


1808

the swallow's steady
stare...
lantern for the dead


1808

warrior monk--
Tanabata night's rain
pouring down


1808

watching in an underskirt--
above the moonflower trellis
Tanabata stars


1808

scarecrows at dusk
darkening...
human faces


1808

stored away
with reverence...
the scarecrow


1808

for people
and for scarecrows
the day ends


1808

the young buck cries
with good reason...
rain on the mountain


1808

young buck--
his last cry
thin and long


1808

mountain deer
in bush clover dew...
wash your face!


1808

before the geese
can take their seats...
crows


1808

autumn's first geese
come first
to the poor town


1808

my lantern comes--
the insect breaks out
in song


1808

caged insect--
he's learned to sing
in all this smoke


1808

five or six trembling
rice plants...
my insect cage


1808

the insects' chorus
makes it smaller...
shrine


1808

Buddha and ladles
and everything else...
insect song


1808

Musashi Plain--
in its middle at a inn
an insect cage


1808

singing all
the cool night long...
caged insect


1808

the caterpillar
transformed flies away...
morning moon


1808

hey toad
the caterpillar will grow
and fly away!


1808

he, too, quickly learns
how cold the morning is...
dragonfly


1808

when will it become
a cricket's nest?
my white hair


1808

"The world is good!
Good!" so say
the locusts


1808

not shrinking back
from the sunset...
wildflowers


1808

in grass where the wolf
shed his fur...
wildflowers


1808

wildflowers--
high over people's heads
the bell tolls


1808

out of the grasses
the inevitable
wildflowers!


1808

birds singing--
wild daisies too
are blooming


1808

in the musket's
line of fire...
a maiden flower


1808

my autumn--
time for the ivy
to turn red


1808

decorating the puppy
bush clover
blooms


1808

children play
with the deer
bush clover blooming


1808

bush clover blooming--
the big dog
sound asleep


1808

Miyagi wilds--
one lone bush clover
in bloom


1808

every evening
not growing old...
blooming bush clover


1808

in one sleeve
the plume grass wind
buffets


1808

the autumn fly's
final sleeping spot...
paulownia leaf


1808

morning rain
pitter-patters...
a paulownia leaf falls


1808

dropping plop!
onto the puppy...
one leaf


1808

one leaf falls--
yet the summer weeds
still are lush


1808

after one day
among people...
one leaf left


1808

not a pretty sight
the paulownia leaf
wind-blown


1808

the autumn wind
isn't blowing...
mountain gourd


1808

acorns--
soon to drop down
with the dew


1808

one by one
not noticed by people...
mushrooms


1808

a "Praise Buddha!"
pops to my lips...
mushrooms


1808

a matsutake mushroom
on his head...
high priest


1808

pines shed their needles--
come mushroom-hunting time
who'll be here?


1808

to the mountain's god
the mushroom thief
prays


1808

among the reeds
on the year's last evening...
a wooden drum


1808

standing
in the dying year's sun...
hackberry tree


1808

Sumida River--
all the snow in sight
swept away


1808

snow and sleet
chasing behind me...
a hundred miles


1808

my child too
praising Buddha...
winter prayers


1808

plum blossom viewing
is difficult tonight...
winter prayers


1808

as night falls
even Mount Fuji ages...
winter prayers


1808

let the place I die
have cherry blossoms...
my winter prayer


1808

clueless I bow
toward my house...
winter prayers


1808

plum tree--
the dumping ground for
Kyoto's soot


1808

soot sweeping--
the horse's head
is next


1808

soot sweeping--
the first bush warbler's
singing spot


1808

sweeping soot
the sun sets in peace...
vegetable field


1808

sweeping soot--
plum blossoms at the gate
indifferent


1808

in the tree's shade
pounding rice cakes
for Amida Buddha


1808

pounding rice cakes--
in Kyoto all chickens
are awake


1808

in a Sumiyoshi nook
growing a year older...
sea gulls


1808

despised
by the barrier guard...
a plover sings


1808

rather ugly
the pufferfish thinks...
human face


1808

withering naturally
where it stands...
willow tree


1808

today
exactly like today
in the evening...


1809

cornerstone--
on New Year's morning
a bird without a nest


1809

on New Year's Day
I have company
bird without a nest


1809

on New Year's Day
a balancing act in her sleep...
pretty woman


1809

less and less First Month
as nights pass by...
mist


1809

missing the boat
for First Month...
spring breeze


1809

morning's laugh--
how much to buy
the blossoming spring?


1809

now with homeless eyes
I see it...
blossoming spring


1809

for this homeless body
of mine, spring's
first day


1809

homecoming servant--
pretending the persimmon
is sweet


1809

homecoming servant--
the paulownia tree too
grew up fast


1809

in the mop's
drying place...
my New Year's pine


1809

making charcoal balls
one by one...
a long spring day


1809

the big crane
not stirring a bit...
a long spring day


1809

it's getting dark later
getting dark later...
whispers the wind


1809

in the long spring day
mouth wide, passing by...
a crow


1809

swishing in the tide
this long spring day...
grasses


1809

no one in the village
says a word...
a long spring day


1809

thin smoke rising--
this spring day
is long indeed!


1809

tomorrow spring
will come to an end...
nape of my neck


1809

at spring's last night
the owl
is nagging


1809

paying no attention
to the departing spring...
crows


1809

that village's
floating bridge of dreams...
spring frost


1809

the little shrine
is all azaleas...
spring rain


1809

chrysanthemum seedlings
wet and bedraggled...
spring rain


1809

today too
looking at the same mountain...
spring rain


1809

the willow completely
a willow now...
spring rain


1809

an earthenware
elder sister doll for sale...
spring rain


1809

in spring rain
plucking wilted flowers...
the courtier


1809

this spring rain
won't be enough, I think!
Sumida River


1809

where the spring rain
falls first...
pond snail shells


1809

spring rain--
mud-dumplings too
gifts from afar


1809

spring rain--
better than the flowers of others
my little thicket


1809

at the pole's tip
evergreen and redbud...
spring rain


1809

the spring breeze
blows all evening too...
Higashi Mountains


1809

spring breeze--
drying in the grass
a paper dog


1809

spring wind--
even in the pillar's hole
pollen


1809

spring breeze--
on a night journey to see
Higashi Mountains


1809

spring breeze--
even at night a market stand
on Naniwa Bay


1809

accusing the pine
of foolishness...
evening mist


1809

to my window
he comes as usual...
thin mist


1809

the evening bath
slish-slosh...
mist


1809

it's my umbrella-hat
don't run, geese!
first mist


1809

in heat shimmers
the vines people loathe...
beautiful


1809

heat shimmers--
yesterday it wasn't there
tea-and-dumpling shop


1809

snow melting--
for sparrows at the gate
good as a harvest moon!


1809

snow melting--
at the gate the sparrows'
New Year's bash!


1809

"I'm the first
of the migrating servants!"
a crow


1809

umbrella-hats and kimonos
as evening falls...
threshing tea leaves


1809

a plowman facing
sunset...
Mount Tsukuba


1809

at dawn
the homeless cat, too
cries for love


1809

the lover cat
dandied up like Genji
at the fence


1809

settling into
the penny toss hole...
baby sparrow


1809

chasing the crow
ten or twelve yards...
mother sparrow


1809

baby sparrow--
inside someone's fist
his first cry


1809

fledgling faces
peek out the nest...
sparrows


1809

the bush warbler
hushes to listen...
tea-picking song


1809

accompanying the rain
with its tail...
a pheasant


1809

seeing off
the departing geese...
little pines


1809

an auspicious
twenty fifth day...
the geese depart


1809

traveling geese
my lake is crossed
in no time


1809

a butterfly flits
as if wanting nothing
in this world


1809

butterflies flitting--
pretty little bamboo shoots
shooting up


1809

nothing else blooming
but mustard plants...
my hut


1809

wisteria trellis--
behind it, in the light
wildflowers


1809

plum blossom scent--
I tell you spring
is a night thing


1809

the plum tree
where the stray cat carouses
in bloom


1809

my home village--
even in summer
plum trees bloom


1809

plum blossom scent--
the edict board furnished
with sacred sake


1809

simply trust!
cherry blossoms flitting
down


1809

cherry blossoms scatter--
bad Buddhists
carousing


1809

cherry blossoms!
country bush warblers
country candy


1809

one cherry tree
has kept blooming...
the corrupt world


1809

secluded house--
the cherry blossoms late
the bonito...late


1809

a windy place!
but one cherry tree
in bloom


1809

fifty years
of gazing, gazing...
cherry blossoms


1809

in a Sumiyoshi nook
blooming
cherry blossoms


1809

simply trust!
cherry blossoms fall
pit-a-pat


1809

even the frog's eyes
can't turn away...
cherry blossoms!


1809

almost criminal--
blooming cherry tree
and a little house


1809

the old cherry tree
blooming
till it drops


1809

mountain cherry blossoms--
in all 88
sacred sites


1809

my mean peach tree
nice and chubby
with blossoms


1809

peach tree in bloom--
but first a prayer
for the dewy wheat


1809

green willows--
at ten different holes
gamblers tossing pennies


1809

rustling
in Goddess Kannon's heart...
the willow


1809

planting a willow--
someday, in summer
who'll enjoy its cool air?


1809

again there is splendor
beyond the gate...
willow tree


1809

coming now
is it a Kiso cloudburst?
Mount Asama


1809

under the cloudburst
standing tall...
lamps in the grove


1809

in the cloudburst
there's not a gate
without a pink


1809

extending from my pillow
in the downpour...
plume grass


1809

every evening
"Rain is coming!"
cloud watchers


1809

night festival--
the big cloudburst
has passed on


1809

in the pine breeze
the saint's pure water
flows


1809

planted for
my summer retreat's scenery...
little pine


1809

a praying mantis
to the base of Mount Fuji
clings


1809

it's Mount Fuji's grass
but no trace
of cool air


1809

no Mount Fuji
I can almost straddle
this year


1809

let's thatch with irises--
Mount Asama's smoke
looks calm


1809

swallows return
on the day eaves are thatched
with irises


1809

from the mountain
I see my own gate...
summer banner


1809

pit-a-pat pearls
of sweat drip down...
rice plants


1809

it's the bush warbler's
dinnertime...
I change to a summer robe


1809

new summer robe--
from morning on used
by the pine


1809

Kasuga Field's deer
sniff it...
my summer kimono


1809

first day of summer
my summer kimono...
rustic


1809

watching the whiteness
of summer kimonos...
Sumida River


1809

a boor with the ladies
but he puts one on...
thin summer kimono


1809

tomorrow night and the next
the same?
in my mosquito net, alone


1809

stopping to count
my mosquito net's holes...
sickle moon


1809

high noon--
inside the mosquito net
wildflowers blooming


1809

stroke victim--
even holding a paper fan
an ordeal


1809

smoking out mosquitos--
soon the fireflies
are gone too


1809

veiling the face
of the evening moon...
smudge pot smoke


1809

they're all slandering
my rice field!
evening cool


1809

stitching her eyes shut
makes the bird cry...
cool air at the gate


1809

the ice vendor
cools himself...
with just plume grass


1809

a soft pillow
for the fawn...
azalea bush


1809

growing up
with the bush clover...
a fawn


1809

Mokubo Temple
even at night can be seen...
cuckoo


1809

hey cuckoo
did you call out?
logs for the temple


1809

cuckoo--
in a province without rice fields
splendid


1809

it has a sky
for singing cuckoos...
farmhouse


1809

three raindrops
and three or four
fireflies


1809

a softly blowing
world-improving breeze...
fireflies flit


1809

into my pitiful kettle
one by one...
fireflies


1809

"Come, fireflies!"
a single stalk of bamboo
makes my night


1809

sparkling fireflies--
even the frog's mouth
gapes


1809

evening falls--
dampened by fireflies
my thin tatami mat


1809

the pesky mosquito's
birthplace...
temple flower


1809

a swallowtail butterfly
flutters in...
mosquito-scorching fire


1809

do you also miss
your mother?
cicada


1809

the world-healing
bamboo! little thicket!
cicada chorus


1809

come what may
won't you trust in the Buddha
snail?


1809

it's Buddha's rain
that's falling!
snail


1809

moonflowers--
world-improving rain
so refreshing


1809

the peony has bloomed!
the whole day
sparrows chirping


1809

the cat's bell tinkling
in the peonies
here and there


1809

at my hut--
rascally crows
emaciated peonies


1809

staring at the shoots
of new bamboo...
Buddha


1809

"Grow, grow, grow
melons!"
buzz the bees


1809

thick drapes over
the deutzia blossoms...
willow


1809

deutzia blossoms--
by lantern light
I bury the frog


1809

blooming deutzia--
both of us
Buddha's devotees


1809

a plum drops
and then another...
beads of dew


1809

without fanfare
they've borne plums!
trees in the field


1809

mountain mansion--
the plum trees
stand ripening


1809

moon in the autumn dawn--
to the pretty sky flies
a mosquito


1809

rubbish dump--
yet still the harvest
moon arrives


1809

tonight's so-called
harvest moon...
a mountain


1809

the harvest moon
hangs over it...
rice cake gift


1809

harvest moon--
in the pine planted
by a nondrinker


1809

harvest moon--
I tell you it's cold
on Shinano Mountain!


1809

harvest moon--
wherever you are
someone's annoyed


1809

harvest moon--
a Fukakusa ceramic
Princess Kaguya


1809

autumn rain--
the weaned pony
goes to market


1809

hey snail
how do you make your living?
autumn rain


1809

the horse drinks
medicine too...
autumn rain


1809

even in Sarashina
one by one...
rainy autumn nights


1809

making what teeth
I have left wiggle...
autumn wind


1809

autumn wind--
the untrimmed hair
of my fifty years


1809

autumn wind--
blowing from mountainside
lanterns


1809

his hair tied with straw
but joyous...
autumn wind


1809

silver dewdrops--
and just as precious
irises


1809

mountain temple--
fog covers up
the wood shavings


1809

almost halfway
burned out...
lanterns for the dead


1809

katydid--
caught by someone
waiting for the stars


1809

it'll probably wreck
Tanabata...
smudge pot smoke


1809

instead of Tanabata
all I can see...
smudge pot smoke


1809

on Tanabata night
he brings his cow...
first plume grass


1809

shine through to my bedroom
Tanabata stars!
smudge pot smoke


1809

awaiting the stars
throwing out tea grounds...
Chikuma River


1809

the wild pony
is led away from Kiso...
his tail waving goodbye


1809

the cricket's song
is accompaniment...
the rice field drains


1809

evening smoke--
on the man playing pigeon flute
it hangs


1809

for pine and bamboo
it's like olden days...
cloth-pounding


1809

like in Old China
Yoshino, too, clonks...
evening cloth-pounding


1809

still green--
miso beans at my hut
yanked up at last


1809

this year's sake--
first toast:
to the weeds!


1809

buckwheat blooming
chrysanthemums fluttering...
new sake!


1809

emptied so quickly--
this year's
sake from Kasai


1809

in deep grass
a quail sings...
grandma starches clothes


1809

Asazawa Marsh--
arising yet again
call of a snipe


1809

a snipe flying
finishes off the day...
dusk


1809

a snipe flies up--
the sinless cow
only wants to sleep


1809

flying snipe--
skimming over crossing
the tall grass


1809

the snipe standing
on one leg...
deep in thought


1809

migrating birds--
how many of your flocks
have overtaken me?


1809

migrating birds
haven't you seen me before
in Japan?


1809

bagworm--
hanging in the plum tree
his job


1809

bagworm--
hanging from flowers
his job


1809

a cicada chirrs--
suddenly light breaks
toward the lake


1809

atop the magistrate's
folding fan...
a locust


1809

flying locusts--
the willow tree too
grows old


1809

Eighth Month--
on the raw fish salad
locusts gather


1809

locust swarm--
suddenly in a mood
for humming


1809

the mountain lord's
beloved ivy...
also turns red


1809

grasses and bush clover
clog it with blooms...
doorway


1809

bush clover blooming--
the butt print
of Tokiwa Gozen


1809

over the bush clover
under the bell-flowers
mosquitos whisper


1809

beside the road
wildly disheveled...
bush clover blooms


1809

field of graves--
a red cock's comb
blooms alone


1809

"Praise Buddha!
All praise to Amida Buddha!"
manjusa flower


1809

the rice I planted--
I know it
by sight


1809

four or five rice stalks
at my gate...
evening falls


1809

the bush warbler struts
crunch crunch...
red leaves


1809

autumn's goddess
allows the piddle splashing...
red leaves


1809

the shrine's snipe
spots a red leaf...
snatches it


1809

everyone on good terms
smoke from three or four pipes...
red persimmon leaves


1809

even the suckling
kitten watches...
falling leaf


1809

red roses of Sharon
enough to cool
a man


1809

trodding on acorns
big and round...
I wander


1809

little chestnuts
it's not yet your day
to burst


1809

a reedy place--
from the gate onward
gathering mushrooms


1809

the horsefly calls
"Surely the mushrooms
are this way!"


1809

"This way
to the mushrooms!"
the horsefly flies


1809

one by one--
even the mouse's hole
has mushrooms


1809

it suits me--
even the former owner's
winter cold


1809

first snowfall--
what are you praying for
katydid?


1809

my hometown's
sleeve-dragging snow
flitting down


1809

red leaves fall--
one in my dear one's
little pan


1809

will I be the next one
you caw over?
crows


1810

homeless, too
seeing in the new year
in Edo


1810

even cows and horses
with New Year's faces...
mountain home


1810

my home village--
even the horse
with a New Year's face


1810

taking stock
of this old body...
spring's first dawn


1810

great Edo--
even for a monkey without tricks
spring blossoms


1810

Shimogyo Town--
in the dark before dawn
spring blossoms


1810

for my lonely life too
help arrives...
spring blossoms


1810

my hut--
just two green leaves
my blossoming spring


1810

muddy clogs
at the gates reveal...
it's spring!


1810

how do the words
"Spring's begun" strike you?
Ueno Hill


1810

even my ramshackle
hut, home
to the New Year's god


1810

big field--
the late homecoming servant
late plum blossoms


1810

homecoming servant--
behind the graveyard's pines
the wind


1810

a kite flies--
it's practically already
a world of wheat


1810

New Year's Day--
a one-penny kite, too
in Edo's sky


1810

the monkey with
a dancer's fan...
a tear rolls down


1810

morning shadows--
someone who has parents
picking herbs


1810

I too
live in this world...
New Year's herbs


1810

slick and slippery
in the spring day...
sacred branches


1810

go ahead, clamor
this long spring day!
geese at my gate


1810

trembling in seaside rice...
for the crane too
the day is long


1810

"just today
spring comes to an end..."
field of grass


1810

the long spring
finally at an end...
Sumida River


1810

the young sparrows
clamor at spring's
last day


1810

the horned owl
regrets spring's passing...
those eyes!


1810

crossing the field
with a paper lantern...
spring rain


1810

in spring rain
chasing the elusive fish...
dog on the shore


1810

spring rain--
showing a sake cup
calling foxes


1810

in spring rain
a bit bedraggled...
Tone River crane


1810

spring rain--
a world of vegetables
at Yone shrine


1810

pigeons mating
crows mating...
the spring rain falls


1810

seeing it
on a spring breeze night...
my house


1810

spring breeze--
completely gone now
the holy men


1810

in the spring breeze
already casting shadows...
irises


1810

father's steady glare
another thing
in the mist


1810

in spring mist
three pines, two cranes
husband and wife


1810

at the gate
so many in the mist!
Sumida River cranes


1810

at my hut in the mist
so many legs!
Sumida River cranes


1810

hurry into mist
hurry, hurry!
a bird set free


1810

evening falls--
from mist the bell
of life passing


1810

in one spot
the crows congregate...
snow is melting!


1810

the geese awake
"snow is melting!
melting!"


1810

a winter's worth of snow
melting...
a humongous moon


1810

snow melting--
tonight a fat round
moon


1810

melting snow--
the morning voices
of pilgrims


1810

snow melting--
where ducks are nesting
soft moonlight


1810

"Snow's melting! Melting!"
pigeons celebrate
in the tree


1810

talking things over
in the plum tree...
migrating servants


1810

this same hazy night
somewhere else...
the Doll Festival


1810

the beggar child prays
with trembling voice...
for a doll


1810

looking like she's enduring
my crappy house...
the doll


1810

first one to blow
on the hot herb cakes...
Mount Tsukuba's east wind


1810

herb cakes--
the garden's bush warbler
wants this one


1810

from the tip
of the bush warbler's beak
the tide rushes out


1810

sparrows chirp
in a garden nook, here too...
low tide


1810

now and then deer
move in close...
tea pickers


1810

what day then?
all the hut's sparrows
leave the nest


1810

sing, sing!
orphan sparrow...
so quiet


1810

she cries and attacks
the human goblins...
mother sparrow


1810

"Beware the human goblins!"
is that what you're chirping?
mother sparrow


1810

a happy family--
the sparrow has
both parents!


1810

evening falls--
how the orphan sparrow
cries!


1810

Asakusa--
behind the house Mount Fuji
and a singing lark


1810

today too
a single skylark...
Mount Matchi


1810

completing
the green mountain
a pheasant cries


1810

looking like ants
people at dusk...
a pheasant cries


1810

the sake bucket--
where the pheasant
goes to sing


1810

the crying pheasant
teases it with his tail...
Sumida River


1810

my hut's thin
thread of smoke...
a pheasant's cry


1810

my evening--
a village dog barks
a pheasant cries


1810

dawn--
a Buddha-praising goose
flies too


1810

in a mood for farewell
farewell!
the wild geese


1810

to returning geese
what I am...
a worthless nobody


1810

don't go, geese!
now I'm unlocking
the house in the trees


1810

wishing them
Buddha's blessing...
departing geese


1810

"First Month!
we want First Month!"
croaking frogs


1810

on a flower petal
clucking his tongue...
a frog


1810

stand of trees--
the inevitable croaking
frog


1810

evening shadows--
separated from his friends
a frog croaks


1810

aware of the sun
setting, the butterfly
flits away


1810

Kiso Mountains--
butterflies fill your sky
so briefly!


1810

butterfly flitting--
I too am made
of dust


1810

she had a husband
when the year was new...
widow butterfly


1810

the flitting butterfly
not bothered at all...
smoke


1810

what a shame--
the butterfly flits off
to the Other Shore


1810

shame, shame!
on the month's last day
a meadow butterfly


1810

"Hey bagworm
are you ready?" asks
the flitting butterfly


1810

first butterfly
don't get caught up!
horse dung raking


1810

living on the mountain
I'm used to the bees...
evening pillow


1810

sunset--
a ruckus of cherry blossoms
a ruckus of trout


1810

"Be brave, cherry blossoms
and fall!"
the little trout


1810

the bamboo grass shade
an empty hope...
little trout


1810

darting to the rhythm
of blossoms falling...
little trout


1810

little trout
swimming west while blossoms
flow east


1810

letting clams
vomit mud...
a moonlit night


1810

mountain grass--
soon as it sprouts
it's sold


1810

the grasses too
are in their youth...
flock of sparrows


1810

the dandelions too
have shaved heads...
festival day


1810

straggly violets--
the cherry blossom spring
has passed


1810

the katydid
born just today...
blooming violets


1810

in a Sumiyoshi nook
violets have
their capital


1810

his detested wife's
violets...
all have bloomed


1810

violets blooming--
the camellia spring
has passed


1810

do your headwaters horde
all the violets?
Sumida River


1810

herb cake herbs
join in the rustling
violets


1810

flowering mustard--
the little beauty
worries about her sleeves


1810

deep mountain trees--
soon as buds appear
they're eaten


1810

plum blossom lovers
who planted plum trees...
parents


1810

plum blossoms--
spreading into the countryside
lice of Edo


1810

the child
clutches them tightly...
plum blossoms


1810

world of man--
even in the country bowing
to plum blossoms!


1810

to be alive like this
is a wonder...
cherry blossom shade


1810

among cherry blossoms
a long stay
in this world


1810

amid cherry blossoms
he speaks bluntly...
old man


1810

cherry blossoms--
residents of this world
a short time


1810

ripples on water--
mingling with cherry blossoms
an old clog


1810

cherry blossoms scatter--
my life too is heading
downhill


1810

blossoms scatter--
my years too
on a downhill slide


1810

all by itself
without any help...
blossoming mountain


1810

cherry blossoms
in a nook in this floating
world of craving


1810

in falling blossoms
growling to Amida Buddha...
temple dog


1810

rain of cherry blossoms--
not a face
without a fan


1810

cherry blossom shade--
a fox spirit
has enchanted me!


1810

just touching
the cherry blossom petals
brings tears


1810

even my inner devil--
come out, look!
blossoming mountain


1810

as evening falls
my usual journey...
blossoming mountain


1810

a defiled priest--
before the cherry blossoms
he stands


1810

trampled demons
supporting Buddha's way...
cherry blossoms


1810

at the outcastes' temple
with cool defiance...
cherry blossoms


1810

the puppy is escort
on the pilgrimage...
cherry blossoms!


1810

the devil's horns
snap off!
cherry blossoms


1810

where Goddess Kannon
is found, expect
cherry blossoms!


1810

before blooming
they already seduce...
cherry blossoms


1810

cherry tree--
the same blooming splendor
for Father Emperor


1810

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms
Third Month, 30th day!


1810

hey cherry blossoms--
why the rush
to scatter so soon?


1810

ripples on water--
only so-so
cherry blossoms


1810

"Get ready, get ready
for death!"
cherry blossoms


1810

to saintly eyes
they are bodhisattvas...
cherry blossoms


1810

cherry blossoms
brush my sweaty underwear...
windblown


1810

fall, cherry blossoms--
stop up
their foul mouths!


1810

is today the 30th?
the 30th?
cherry blossoms scatter


1810

even to these old eyes--
cherry blossoms!
cherry blossoms!


1810

how they bloom
even in the west...
cherry trees


1810

mountain cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms!
even on the 29th


1810

mountain cherry trees--
the blossoms quite
sickly


1810

seeing the mountain
cherry blossoms...
I miss my teeth


1810

evening cherry blossoms--
the devil is moved
to tears


1810

evening cherry blossoms--
today too
like olden times


1810

growing old--
even the cherry blossoms
a bit annoying


1810

yellow roses--
hidden in the grass
they rustle


1810

summer evening--
how many fields crossed
fish from Mito?


1810

in the summer night
out the back door too...
Mount Matchi


1810

summer's early dawn--
in a dark little corner
a willow


1810

five blades of grass
go swish-swish...
nights grow short


1810

the hot night's
great, great thing...
weeds!


1810

hot night--
in an Edo nook
bickering


1810

a big sky's
splendiferous sunset...
the heat


1810

a wasteland
of lush green life...
the heat


1810

staring at straw sandals
with stripes...
the heat


1810

morning coolness--
the mountain pine's
fever drops


1810

evening at the gate--
a cool sky
coming soon


1810

a cool breeze--
the katydid
bursting with song


1810

the cool breeze
a gift from Buddha...
pine by the grave


1810

in this cool air--
grateful drops
of evening dew


1810

in cool air
my stringed money purse...
stolen


1810

cool air--
now I must leave you
green bamboo blind


1810

cool summer air--
viewed from the mountain
a big sitting room


1810

cool air--
a dark little nook
on Sumida River


1810

cool moon
and a cool pine tree
standing


1810

June rain--
pressing on my chest
Chichibu mountain


1810

with dignity
in the cloudburst drooping...
willow


1810

little festival--
people in the tree shade
while it pours


1810

evening market--
the cloudburst caught
in sandals for sale


1810

in the cloudburst
an enormous morning glory
has bloomed!


1810

summer mountain--
the maiden flower
happy by herself


1810

watched over
by hot peppers...
pure water by the gate


1810

in an old, old kettle
from olden times...
pure water


1810

evening shadows--
he throws pure water
on the horse


1810

flute pratice--
the rice fields one and all
so green!


1810

youngest child--
for this year's festival
a red fan


1810

splashing about
the sparrows bathe...
Buddha's birthday tea


1810

Kasuga Field's deer
also attend...
Buddha amid birthday flowers


1810

village children
and crows mingle...
Buddha amid birthday flowers


1810

traveling crow
at Edo's purification...
now you're old


1810

toad parents
bring their children...
evening purification


1810

evening's shrine boats--
about ten snipes
stand guard


1810

purification hoop--
the first three times
for Mother


1810

purification dolls lag behind
others in the lead...
Sumida River


1810

purification dolls--
how wise of them
drifting west


1810

purification dolls--
setting them on the water
heavy traffic


1810

night storm--
I rely on my little
purification doll


1810

bullheads sing--
he fishes the moonlit
mountain stream


1810

night fishing--
the pleading
of a katydid


1810

grow old
with the cormorant fisherman
little pine


1810

the cormorant fisherman
tends to his cormorants...
wildflowers


1810

beyond the pretty
grasses...
a cormorant boat


1810

wind wafting
it now sets forth...
cormorant boat


1810

watching wildflowers
flit and flutter...
cormorant boat


1810

the man's child
tends to the cormorant...
wildflowers


1810

evening dew hangs
on the man who watches...
cormorant boat


1810

in their new summer robes
today too...
mountain, little thicket


1810

doing what I can
to shrink the belly...
new summer robe


1810

the bush warbler
sings to it!
my summer kimono


1810

Fourth Month, second morning
I put on
the summer kimono


1810

grateful
for the summer kimono
evening dew


1810

soft-blowing grasses
and soft, soft
green bamboo blind


1810

green yesterday
in the blowing wind...
bamboo blind


1810

empty boat--
three herons guard
the mosquito net


1810

O owl
don't tell the world my house
has no mosquito net!


1810

evening falls--
on the tip of my fan
Mount Asama


1810

smoke from the mountain--
my paper fan
speeds it along


1810

pretty--
beyond the smudge pot smoke
Sumida River


1810

rushing into
the smudge pot smoke...
evening crow


1810

in grasses' shade
where soon I'll enter...
evening cool


1810

back gate--
under the big hackberry tree
nobody cooling off


1810

the empty purse
floats away...
evening cool


1810

tea smoke--
Buddha's little rice field
is planted too


1810

Great Japan!
an evening of deer
does and fawns


1810

following behind
the hunter with his bow...
a fawn


1810

like it's throwing a party
for the bats...
grove of new bamboo


1810

placing its trust
in human goblins...
molting bird


1810

gobble up
my dawn dream...
cuckoo!


1810

morning after morning--
what day is it now
cuckoo?


1810

he's not the type
to wait around...
cuckoo


1810

ten cloudy days--
this is getting old
cuckoo!


1810

it's New Year's
for the blooming pinks...
"Cuckoo!"


1810

wake up, pinks
and plume grass...
"Cuckoo!"


1810

you too
should grow old...
cuckoo


1810

cuckoo--
he even scolds
the tree planter


1810

hey cuckoo--
this lake doesn't
belong to me!


1810

in all Musashi Plain
just one...
cuckoo


1810

useless me
useless weeds...
the cuckoo's opinion


1810

he's hated
by the young folk...
the dear cuckoo


1810

I've waited long
for thee
O cuckoo!


1810

come what may
praise Buddha!
mountain cuckoo


1810

cheered on
by a reed warbler
the incompetent thief


1810

cooling off
in the long day...
floating nest


1810

a flower big
as an umbrella-hat...
flitting firefly


1810

an arm for a pillow--
though there's nagging
a firefly guest


1810

fireflies flitting--
yet still absentmindedly
calling for them


1810

so quickly they join
the human goblins...
fireflies


1810

the owl
seems to be hooting
for fireflies


1810

pre-festival evening--
a huge firefly
comes out


1810

the mountain hermit
doesn't suit their taste...
flitting fireflies


1810

though a poor-soiled
province...
such fireflies!


1810

tomorrow, tomorrow
and tomorrow...
Mount Mi's mosquitos


1810

in old age
mosquito-burning
the only great feat


1810

the bell clangs
"Come to mosquito country!
Come! Come!"


1810

swarm of mosquitos--
a five foot tall
chrysanthemum


1810

just seeing
a willow being planted...
mosquitos come out


1810

evening after evening
alive with mosquitos...
cherry tree


1810

mountain hermit--
deep in his sleeve
singing, a cicada


1810

morning rain--
look! next to me
a snail


1810

just as you are
become Buddha!
snail


1810

the potted bamboo
rustles, rustles...
bonito!


1810

simply trust
mountain cuckoo!
summer's first bonito


1810

for a traveler
rainmaking flowers
have bloomed


1810

when the tofu vendor
comes by, bindweed
blooms


1810

just being alive
I
and the poppy


1810

a vast wheat field
dotted with blooming
peonies


1810

floating leaves, floating leaves
lotus blossom horseflies
feed


1810

after biting the horse
the horsefly hides out...
lotus blossoms


1810

lotuses at their peak
horseflies and mosquitos
feast


1810

from today on
hear my "Praise Buddha!"
lilies


1810

amid blooming lilies
many, many prayers
to Amida Buddha


1810

quietly the lilies
have bloomed...
a skylark sings


1810

the cow sleeps--
the lilies must
have happy hearts


1810

lilies blooming
sanctioned by no one...
evening


1810

lilies blooming!
giving his all to his song
the skylark


1810

bush warbler--
in a floating world nook
ripened wheat


1810

blooming in a nook
of ripened wheat...
what's that flower?


1810

with all your might
wiggle young bamboo
while you can!


1810

wiggle wiggle
wiggle young bamboo
while you can!


1810

young bamboo--
just two or three days
of youth


1810

for bamboo shoots
a dark night
for bamboo shoots


1810

living apart
from the bamboo shoots...
wildflowers


1810

bamboo shoots--
big brothers, little brothers
growing up


1810

bamboo shoots--
scraggly yellow roses, too
grew overnight


1810

night after night
the gate's bamboo shoots
rise in the world


1810

morning and night
yet still not smoldered...
fresh green leaves


1810

mulberry tree--
tomorrow, tomorrow
your new leaves


1810

deep tree shade--
some bush clover-like grass
in bloom


1810

hard tofu--
amid deutzia blossoms
a farmhouse


1810

the closer I get
to my village, the more pain...
wild roses


1810

boat in the reeds--
truly, truly
a cold night


1810

little post--
on a cold night
my good luck god


1810

my home village--
Lord Buddha
in the cold night


1810

red-laced straw sandals
pass by too...
autumn evening


1810

red-laced straw sandals
pass by too...
autumn dusk


1810

bickering in the long night
in a nook
of Sumida River


1810

to my rib cage bones
O the night
is long!


1810

autumn's end--
a big man strolls
along


1810

autumn ends--
already the Buddha
fills Kyoto's sky


1810

trying and trying
to grasp the harvest moon--
toddler


1810

aimed at the face
of the harvest moon...
tea smoke


1810

harvest moon--
tonight even you
are busy!


1810

harvest moon on a journey--
bush clover
and plume grass


1810

the harvest moon
drifts with the tide...
a little boat


1810

evening falls--
like demons emerging
autumn clouds


1810

autumn rain--
a little sumo wrestler
passes


1810

the autumn wind
blows him along...
Tada the musician


1810

on autumn wind
from the thicket...
the usual smoke


1810

autumn wind--
he was good-looking too
in olden times


1810

autumn wind--
landing on my belly
a katydid


1810

from the midst
of swimming servants...
autumn wind


1810

grassy field--
over tofu dregs
the autumn wind


1810

from which star
did you tumble?
autumn wind


1810

morning dew--
the gigantic shape
of a butterfly


1810

blades of grass--
lost among the raindrops
autumn dew


1810

here for as long
as the silver dewdrops...
mountain ascetic


1810

over silver dewdrops
the usual smoke...
wafting


1810

silver dewdrops
drop by drop leading...
to Buddha


1810

in silver dewdrops
what is he praying for?
my neighbor


1810

in silver dewdrops
holding out his bowl...
holy man


1810

in the silver dewdrops
vanishing...
my house


1810

silver dewdrops--
a sparrow sings
of next-life enlightenment


1810

silver dewdrops--
the treasures
or Sir Yasuyori!


1810

grateful
for the cool, cool air...
evening dew


1810

dewdrops scatter--
the sparrow sings
of next-life enlightenment


1810

in dewdrops dewdrops
like it's drifting...
the pillar


1810

the dewdrop world's
great helper...
his boat of prayer


1810

amid dewdrops
of this dewdrop world
a quarrel


1810

amid weeping dewdrops
pigeons coo
"Praise Buddha!"


1810

even viewing dewdrops
an occasion for sake...
this year


1810

face of a toad--
adopt the mood
of dewdrops!


1810

coveting--
dewdrops on evening's rice field
dewdrops on grass


1810

a treasure at my gate
pearls
of dew


1810

someone's young pine
enjoys it too...
Tanabata stars


1810

bell for the ancestors--
in falling dewdrops
it rings


1810

my ancestors--
today too they wander
to points unknown


1810

delighted by bonfires
for the dead...
children


1810

in the grassy meadow
flickering red...
lantern for the dead


1810

a clumsy festival!
my love wrecks her chopsticks
of plume grass


1810

morning glories
make the fence bloom...
sumo wrestling


1810

sumo wrestler--
for you this maiden
flower


1810

a scarecrow stands--
now the age
of moonlit nights!


1810

where did this cold
come from...
Mr. Scarecrow?


1810

flute melody--
thanking the mountain
scarecrow


1810

Great Japan!
a cowherd's flute
and evening cloth-pounding


1810

the lover cat
watches with one eye...
evening cloth-pounding


1810

singing with
the young pine nearby...
pounding cloth


1810

one pink
has bloomed...
evening cloth-pounding


1810

home village--
pounding cloth at the temple
and evening rain


1810

home village--
mother's cloth-pounding
faintly heard


1810

old pine--
my own life's autumn
is like that


1810

old pine--
my own life's autumn
fills my eyes


1810

back door--
three spears of plume grass
and Mr. and Mrs. Goose


1810

big bridge--
the hunter is followed
by a goose


1810

evening falls--
wild geese, smoke
and my bended knees


1810

the moon's out!
in the gate's rice field
polite geese


1810

the red dragonfly
savors the evening too...
doesn't he?


1810

evening tide--
on the grass blade's tip
a red dragonfly


1810

crickets sing
"Cricky! Cricky!"
two young lovers


1810

making love
in the withered fields...
locusts


1810

night in the hut--
a katydid forages
for food


1810

a katydid walking
searching...
my hut's shelf


1810

trampling the god's
sticky rice cake...
katydid


1810

stomping and singing
on sticky rice cake...
katydid!


1810

at evening tide
clinging to flotsam...
a katydid


1810

wildflowers--
all we say or speak about
is autumn wind


1810

when the owl hoots
how many are left?
wildflowers


1810

singed by a bolt
of lightning...
maiden flowers


1810

you can't beat me
in trembling!
maiden flower


1810

dawn--
the rice blossoms of a man
with parents


1810

four or five rice plants
rustle still...
ears left behind


1810

tea smoke--
the upland rice
trusts in the dew


1810

a great thing
under the harvest moon...
rice blossoms!


1810

evening moon--
and reaching to the sky
rice blossoms!


1810

the young face
of the sickle moon...
a paulownia leaf falls


1810

looking at persimmons--
someone's parents
planted seeds


1810

spilling from the sleeve
of a mountain goddess...
cherries


1810

chestnuts dropping--
a tea-drinking bridge
not there yesterday


1810

Tenth Month
on the tenth day...
hail


1810

first winter month--
dimly in the mist
selling temple cotton


1810

unpleasant tonight--
full moon coming
cold weather coming


1810

the year ending--
one bundle of firewood
a luxury


1810

straw fire--
this year goes up
in smoke


1810

the bush warbler follows
his mother...
first winter rain


1810

without fail
the bathhouse, closed...
first winter rain


1810

first winter rain--
the world drowns
in haiku


1810

in winter rain
how they scowl...
the Buddhas


1810

enduring the winter rain
for whom?
stone Buddha


1810

on my sleeping mat
the winter rain suddenly
gives off light!


1810

wrapping dinner
in butterbur leaves...
winter rain


1810

tripping over the dog
again...
night of winter rain


1810

in the mountain village
the clonk of a hammer...
winter rain


1810

bush warbler and granny's
winter wind...
blowing hard


1810

today too
the winter wind has strewn about
the vegetables


1810

in the winter wind
a great thing, the great
moon!


1810

winter wind--
a topic of conversation
for sparrows too


1810

in winter wind
my forehead throbs...
Higashi Mountains


1810

the first snowfall
becomes a nuisance...
evening


1810

first snowfall--
the worms in my belly
sing


1810

first snowfall--
early morning at my gate
a beggar


1810

first snowfall--
for a dog-less village
the garbage remover


1810

first snowfall--
a big deal for people
in the world


1810

first snowfall--
the rooster's morning crow
at Senso Temple


1810

first snowfall--
from Buddha's direction
pure water gushes


1810

first snowfall--
the temple walkway
misty dim


1810

"First snowfall, snowfall!"
he says
without teeth


1810

watching first snowfall
in a rotten mood...
Shinano Mountain


1810

morning snow--
my piss is also
for sale


1810

as snow falls
a seventy year-old face...
evening soba shop


1810

snow falling--
bird and maiden flower
don't care


1810

snow falls--
scratching my door at night
cherished cat


1810

a sudden flare
like a straw fire...
snow is falling


1810

hailstones--
even the gargoyle demon
seems to cry


1810

hailstones--
the nightjar returns
to the moon


1810

hailstones falling--
the pigeons hear
their fate


1810

in a tizzy
worried by hailstones...
the sparrow


1810

today even the pigeon
coos a prayer...
first winter rain


1810

winter rain falling
on the thicket...
on the Old Man's grave


1810

big fat drops
his favorite kind...
first winter rain


1810

click-clack
in a soot-sweeping mist...
Mount Matchi


1810

sea gull--
even you
are covered in soot


1810

Twelfth Month singers
look! over there!
plum blossoms


1810

don't tell anyone
about my singed paper robe!
maiden flower


1810

not crossing
Kamo River twice!
paper robe


1810

on winter's first day
big toes emerge...
toe socks


1810

the cricket's
winter residence...
my quilt


1810

two neighbors walk along
toting it...
a wooden brazier


1810

reciting a "Praise Buddha!"
for you...
wooden brazier


1810

what joy!
sawtooth oak charcoal
from a mountain


1810

funny--
my neighbor's charcoal scale
looks like mine


1810

someone's charcoal fire
hidden...
by the chrysanthemum


1810

the charcoal scale's
first purpose a treasured
child's laughter


1810

a slice of sky
over the charcoal kiln...
floating world


1810

staying glued
to the banked fire...
a priest


1810

eyeing the rice cake
on the banked fire...
crow


1810

banked fire--
the god of the poor's
poor fan


1810

tossing 'em on
the banked fire...
stolen chestnuts


1810

rapping on
the banked fire's head...
my pipe


1810

banked fire--
with my pipe rapping
its head


1810

banked fire--
hot water burbles too
evening rain


1810

frozen pickle water--
my teeth
crackle


1810

morning after morning
just a half portion...
natto


1810

dawn--
for a bellyful of natto
a trip to Kyoto


1810

at dawn red leaves
blowing down...
pufferfish soup


1810

O owl--
let me shop for food
first!


1810

bush warbler--
with a shrill voice
calling mother


1810

birdsong in bamboo grass--
too shy
for the fence


1810

evening plovers--
bills are due
people are crying


1810

you call that
your morning mood?
river plover


1810

even flying
into my sleeve...
a plover


1810

without thought
a new year begins as usual...
pond of ducks


1810

ducks quacking--
a cold new rice field
at Gokai


1810

if they were people
they'd be Buddhas!
sea slugs


1810

following custom
all have withered...
wild chamomile


1810

Katsushika--
a heron guards the radish
in the mud


1810

leaves falling--
a prayer-chanting monk
passes by


1810

behind Yoshiwara
look!
leaves are falling


1810

forming a mountain
for the bush warbler...
fallen leaves


1810

killing frost--
"No Begging Allowed"
at the thicket's inn


1810

mercy and compassion
a hoax...
out-of-season blooms


1810

old tree--
till it crashes down
out-of-season blooms


1810

moon! blossoms!
secular devotees
adore you


1811

a classic New Year's
Day spent...
with plum blossoms


1811

spring's first month
in the town...
snow falling


1811

First Month--
such a night
of bright moon!


1811

First Month--
on the servant no sign
of a beard


1811

first spring morning
my 49th year
of blossoms


1811

this morning
just a tiny bit of mist...
it's springtime!


1811

my spring
is lucky, lucky!
plum blossoms


1811

spring's begun--
I even dream about
the grove of young pines


1811

hole in the wall
pretty
my year's first sky


1811

to the year's first sky
the lion puppet
rears his head


1811

it's forming
the New Year's sky...
smoke


1811

so that the year's
first sky might come to be...
tea smoke


1811

the color of the year's
first sky fades--
people's faces


1811

village at the edge
of the year's first sky...
must be cold


1811

under the brilliance
of the year's first sky...
a hut


1811

rising into
the year's first sky...
smoke


1811

year's first sky--
please allow
my tea smoke!


1811

year's first sky--
at the edges its color
is faded


1811

to the eternal
youth ornament the child
prays


1811

day breaks
over the eternal youth ornament...
Sumida River


1811

from under the eternal
youth ornament rising...
sun


1811

my eternal youth ornament--
just three cents
of emperor's pine


1811

eternal youth ornament's
first landmark...
imperial pine


1811

my dream came true--
about the god of the poor
this early spring


1811

a trendy kite soars--
below
a beggar's hut


1811

a trendy kite soars
a mountain home
below


1811

in a silent village
one by one...
rising kites


1811

the street singer's
kite also...
rising and rising


1811

someone's parent
steps over a kite
in passing


1811

loud voices--
over twenty days now
of begging actors


1811

begging actors--
even the horse's rump
gets a song


1811

begging actors at the gate--
pigeons and sparrows
in a row


1811

begging actors--
how many plum blossoms
have you?


1811

begging actors--
even the wheat field
gets a song


1811

the lion puppet
opens wide...
plum blossoms


1811

not shutting up
New Year morning's late riser...
the crow


1811

Second Month--
the heavenly gods'
plum blossoms!


1811

moon shining
on a one-penny bridge...
springtime


1811

spring peace--
smash goes the sake bottle
on Mount Matchi


1811

a pigeon coos--
"That great thing, spring
has passed!"


1811

swish-swish
spring is departing...
field of grass


1811

hey birds!
even if you shut up
spring would go


1811

a big bridge
with guide ropes...
spring rain


1811

the tree at the gate
trusts in Kannon...
spring rain


1811

it this post
just for you, crow?
spring rain


1811

warding off crows
in the radish field...
spring rain


1811

in bush clover
a deer are gone...
spring rain


1811

in the spring rain
a big yawn...
pretty woman


1811

spring rain--
a little island too
blooms gold


1811

spring rain--
here's my house's
evening pine


1811

spring rain--
a doghouse thatched
with azaleas


1811

spring rain--
in an old keg
a plum tree blooms


1811

spring rain--
evening's mountain
shaped like a frown


1811

someone recites
the Lotus Sutra...
spring rain falls


1811

make way
for the God of Laziness...
spring rain


1811

fresh-bought rice cakes
in the box lantern...
spring rain


1811

crumbling rice cakes
with a stone...
spring rain


1811

steam rising
from straw-wrapped tofu...
spring rain


1811

spring breeze--
going down to the east
a sumo wrestler


1811

spring breeze--
a cow leads the way
to Zenkô Temple


1811

O peach
come float to me!
spring mist


1811

a death bell too
can be heard...
misty field


1811

so quickly
the mist is mended...
mountain home


1811

my home village--
a poor "Praise Buddha!" too
in spring mist


1811

the lake steams
like a hot bath...
evening mist


1811

heat shimmers--
Lord Dokan's
lookout mound


1811

today
my hut's little herbs too
become cakes


1811

my child--
today's low tide
little guide


1811

Fukagawa--
even in a five-foot garden
low tide shell-gathering


1811

"Praise Amida!
Praise Amida!"
threshing tea leaves


1811

mixed in
with the second tea harvest
azaleas


1811

plowing the rice field--
the sky a deeper and deeper
blue


1811

plowing the field
wiping snot
on plum blossoms


1811

he grafts the branch
perfectly straight...
sacred branches


1811

blown by the red
horse's nose...
baby sparrow


1811

children crowded 'round
wear her out...
mother sparrow


1811

rising to the blue sky
baby sparrow's
first cry


1811

evening falls--
a stepchild sparrow
cries in the pine


1811

the bush warbler
wipes his feet...
on plum blossoms


1811

the bush warbler
makes a face in the smoke...
fence sitting


1811

a bush warbler
is singing...
in the kettle


1811

listening to the bush warbler's
Lotus Sutra...
Shinano


1811

a bush warbler--
and made to order
plum blossoms


1811

in deep mountains too
now the bush warbler
sings!


1811

drinking country sake--
a country bush warbler
singing


1811

on the hoe's handle
a bush warbler sings...
Little-Plum village


1811

even the bush warbler
of Shinano sings it...
Lotus Sutra


1811

sickle moon--
through plum blossoms softly
the bush warbler


1811

daybreak--
a bush warbler sings
a bell rings


1811

at a little shrine
dragging his tail...
evening pheasant


1811

poking his head
out the little shrine
crying pheasant


1811

Third Month--
come the 30th day
the geese depart


1811

in tufted grasses
croaking while walking...
a frog


1811

Kisa Lagoon--
bathing in cherry blossoms
croaking frog


1811

frogs at my hut
from the beginning have sung
"We grow old!"


1811

butterflies flit--
deep in Shinano
tracks of sandals


1811

such sweet harmony
to be reborn
a meadow butterfly!


1811

this world--
the butterfly also toils
busily


1811

though infested with lice
blossom viewing...
Yoshino Hill


1811

the holy man's
westward waves of wisteria
rustling


1811

the holy man's
westward waves of wisteria
fresh-bloomed


1811

black kite--
the rice cake dealer's wisteria
in bloom


1811

wisteria in bloom
on the 30th day...
Ryodaishi Temple


1811

for the bush warbler
parents and children...
plum blossoms!


1811

plum blossoms--
a new year begins
on Mount Tsukuba


1811

at the edge
of the big sky...
plum blossom farmhouse


1811

the antelope's
mouth opens wide...
plum blossoms


1811

making dumplings
from black mud...
plum blossoms


1811

black mud--
stuck to my straw sandals, too
plum blossoms


1811

the rice husker sits
on his rice cake tub...
plum blossoms


1811

for every three feet
of mountain's foot...
plum blossoms!


1811

on the offering stand
five or six pennies...
plum blossoms


1811

cloth monkeys
three in all...
plum blossoms


1811

my home village--
a dog stands guard
over plum blossoms


1811

from plum blossoms
he calls to the peddlar...
country villa


1811

plum tree blooming--
my blunt and plain
little house


1811

the teahouse
is roofed with shells...
plum blossoms


1811

amid cherry blossoms
the smell of smoke...
pipes


1811

holy Nyoirin
in cherry blossom shade...
sleep talk


1811

cherry blossoms--
with the Founder's blessing
eating fish


1811

spring blossoms--
in the cherry grove
a worldly priest


1811

in blossoming trees
suddenly he's hidden...
my son


1811

on cherry blossom day
fasting too...
wild dog


1811

someone has slapped on
a price tag...
cherry tree


1811

the big cherry blossoms--
no buyers
at all


1811

click-clack
go the wooden clogs...
cherry blossoms!


1811

even while walking
through cherry blossoms...
nagging!


1811

born poor
viewing them even at night...
cherry-blossoms


1811

a rear sitting room
no one enters...
cherry blossoms


1811

flower guard
at night they're yours...
mountain cherry blossoms


1811

the baby at her breast
wants to eat...
cherry blossoms


1811

the roof sweeper
stands still...
evening cherry blossoms


1811

soon as the mountain
cherry trees bloom...
Buddhist whatnots are attached


1811

mountain cherry blossoms--
for you too
an end-of-month sky


1811

mountain cherry blossoms--
over you too
an end-of-month sky


1811

evening cherry blossoms--
the ants also
have a place to sleep


1811

the whole gang
forced to merriment...
cherry blossoms


1811

wheat and all
fattening nicely...
peach blossoms


1811

a yellow rose
offered as a gift...
by the fence


1811

the geese and ducks
are brazen...
willow at the gate


1811

keeping their cool--
the wild goose
the willow


1811

one strand dangles
toward Shimosa...
willow tree


1811

with each willow tree
he plants
"Praise Buddha!"


1811

the ducks have gone--
peace and quiet
of the willow


1811

on a short summer night
setting on the mountain pass...
moon


1811

cool breeze
you, too, surrender to Buddha
this life!


1811

cool breeze--
reaching even nooks
the mouse doesn't know!


1811

on the cool air
one blade of grass also
relies


1811

in summer cool
ambling down my road
to hell


1811

cool air--
evening brings to my gate
the age of Buddha


1811

cool air--
admiring the pine
the shrine's snake


1811

cool air--
the shape of the cloud
is Buddha


1811

the cicadas' world
and my world of cool air...
coming soon


1811

trusting the cloudburst
to water it...
back door Fuji


1811

rainstorm--
plume grass, reeds,
maiden flowers


1811

rainstorm--
a crossroads beggar
with a potted pine


1811

I swear
I see a demon...
billowing clouds


1811

I'd like that little one
for my gate...
billowing clouds


1811

the little ones
are all to the front...
billowing clouds


1811

a good wind!
in it, a tiny
mountain of cloud


1811

my humble hut--
trusting in the sun
rice field greening


1811

Buddha--
all the way to Hokkaido
your birthday party!


1811

the swallows too
pray for the town...
river shrine


1811

trying to yank
the thatch of irises for its nest...
sparrow


1811

the young folk
lick the iris leaves...
bath time


1811

the toddler's head fresh-shaved
his summer kimono
pretty


1811

umbrella-hats
sun hats...
trust in Buddha!


1811

fifty, sixty feet away--
the willow
the parasols


1811

Katsushika--
the cat seeks shelter
in the mosquito net


1811

a white fan--
"Who gave it to you?"
they ask


1811

cooling at the gate--
the old man's swallows
behaving


1811

even Mr. Moon
is slandered!
evening cool


1811

even the moon
is slandered...
evening cool


1811

rice planting--
today too, traveling geese
flutter down


1811

somebody giving
roadside drinking water...
to wildflowers


1811

mother deer
kneeling on one knee...
what's she saying?


1811

Asakusa--
the cuckoo stays close by
in Ueno


1811

Asakura--
introducing himself in passing
a cuckoo


1811

announce yourself
to Lord Pine...
cuckoo!


1811

outcaste village--
instead of a cuckoo
a mountain cuckoo


1811

is night
like this in China?
cuckoo


1811

oh cuckoo
you also hate Kyoto
don't you?


1811

a cuckoo--
the bridge beggar
listens too


1811

are you a fool, too
bush warbler?
singing no more


1811

clinging to the grave
of the lady-turned-nun...
firefly


1811

scattered by
Kumasaka's halberd...
fireflies


1811

they have kids--
bridge beggars too
calling fireflies


1811

a night of fireflies
has arrived...
the willow I planted


1811

the mouth that
praised Amida Buddha
calling fireflies


1811

don't turn into
a thorn bush!
flitting firefly


1811

evening falls--
in Kasai Village
fireflies and flowers


1811

hut's mosquitos
in this year of suffering...
feasting


1811

evening sky--
the whine of mosquitos
pretty


1811

in this world
they linger too long...
whining mosquitos


1811

in a sake cup
a flea
swimming! swimming!


1811

a bug resembling
a flea tsk-tsk...
pitiful


1811

mountain village--
begging I borrow
a flea-infested mat


1811

raising their chirr
on their last day...
summer cicadas


1811

cicadas chirr
herons stand at attention...
temple sitting room


1811

in a dewdrop world
singing of dewdrops...
summer cicada


1811

a refreshing evening
for the moonflowers
dies away


1811

moonflowers--
in this so-so land
a flute plays


1811

in a Sumiyoshi nook
here too
blooming irises


1811

Bancho Town--
deep in the valley
melon blossoms


1811

evening shadows--
a pigeon watches
the melon cool


1811

a blizzard
of deutzia blossoms
on the fence


1811

behind me--
big cold, little cold
night cold


1811

just looking at the shark skin
of a cactus...
the night turns cold


1811

without a blink
a mouse walks in...
a cold night


1811

Kisa Lagoon--
on an island in a rice field, too
autumn dusk


1811

every little island
in its own way...
autumn dusk


1811

quite remarkable
being born human...
autumn dusk


1811

little pine islands
fist after fist...
autumn dusk


1811

this is Yoshiwara
and yet...
autumn dusk


1811

autumn evening--
wind in the window's little hole
plays flute


1811

autumn evening--
the hole in the paper door
blows flute


1811

delightful, the view
from the gate in the long night...
all four directions


1811

autumn departs
trailing the pickled radish
vendor


1811

which of you owns
that red moon
children?


1811

granny walks along
drinking sake...
a moonlit night


1811

harvest moon--
unbefitting a woman
a tavern drinker


1811

harvest moon--
from my gate then up
Shinano Mountain


1811

just a tip remains
of the harvest moon...
Sumida River


1811

harvest moon--
at the divine knees
of Kannon


1811

harvest moon--
Sumida River thick
with mosquitos


1811

the calf begins
his journey...
autumn rain


1811

in autumn wind
how's life over there?
partner island


1811

autumn wind--
the rice field heron's face
darkens too


1811

autumn wind--
graffiti on a wall
the monk Hemamushiyo


1811

autumn wind
stripping the birch tree's
bark


1811

autumn wind--
the face of the man
who planted pines


1811

the calf begins
his journey...
autumn wind


1811

just looking at the shark skin
of a cactus...
autumn wind


1811

dazzling moon
over the autumn gale...
nice and hot


1811

the toasty warm moon
dazzling bright
over the autumn gale


1811

blowing two people
after their fleas...
autumn gale


1811

the forming dewdrops
don't struggle...
"Praise Buddha!"


1811

holy Jizo
is proclaiming something...
dew dripping down


1811

Katsushika--
the dew on bamboo too
gets a prayer


1811

dew at the gate--
the sparrow licks it
clean


1811

heron on a post
gazing down, it seems
at dewdrops


1811

this morning
an auspicious number...
dewdrops in grass


1811

dew turns to steam
trickling down selflessly...
farmhouse


1811

into the silver dew
splashing struts
the crow


1811

watching dewdrops
shows what life is...
my home


1811

passing briefly
through this world...
dewdrop pearls


1811

my humble hut--
washing arms and legs
in dewy grass


1811

the thin fog
in a tangle...
hedgerow


1811

bonfires for the dead
sputter and die...
a flood of memories


1811

placed perfectly straight
by people...
branches on graves


1811

the man in the tree
can't be blamed...
outdoor sumo match


1811

the owl sleeps
nevertheless...
sumo wrestling


1811

not caring
that evening falls...
the scarecrow


1811

the owl high above
laughs to the beat...
pounding cloth


1811

suddenly alighting
a cicada starts his song...
buck's antler


1811

young buck--
on his antler again
the cicada sings


1811

hesitating
at my hut
the stray deer


1811

little eaves--
"It's smoky! smoky!"
sings the quail


1811

big marsh--
calling to returning snipes
snipes


1811

little smoke rises--
once again a snipe's
silhouette


1811

snipe-like a man
rises from tall grass...
evening


1811

a snipe flies up--
behind one man
another man's face


1811

the rising snipe
face to face...
with Buddha


1811

geese at my gate
cry all you like...
no rice


1811

stretching her neck
the goose peeks in
my gate


1811

rice field geese--
the village's population
surges


1811

autumn's first geese
crapping on people
as they go


1811

autumn's first geese
hitting the mark...
field by my hut


1811

autumn's first geese--
plume grass beckons
people chase


1811

Mr. Long-Beard's coming
hush up!
rice field geese


1811

where did you
leave your parents?
rice field goose


1811

the cricket moves
to a new post...
on the post


1811

crying and crying
at Kisa Lagoon...
the katydid


1811

the katydid
breaks out into song...
on the deer's antler


1811

like one long ago--
the katydid rips
its paper cage


1811

stone Buddha--
who gave you wildflowers
to hold?


1811

Katsushika--
praise the twentieth-day moon
wildflowers!


1811

Katsushika--
growing in a mosquito net
a chrysanthemum


1811

blooming chrysanthemum
like me
a pseudo-hermit


1811

the dragonfly
takes a crap...
chrysanthemum


1811

my hut
with its morning glories
a palace


1811

on the month's first day
last day, no vacation?
maiden flowers


1811

graveyard--
all alone a maiden flower
twisting


1811

the young buck
silently bows...
blooming bush clover


1811

the stray cat also
picks this inn...
bush clover blooming


1811

mountain village--
an old-style cat
and bush clover


1811

pushing and shoving
into this dewdrop world...
bush clover in bloom


1811

green rice field--
razed to the ground
still blooming


1811

waving in
a fruitful year...
plume grass


1811

the big temple's doors
slamming shut...
evening's red leaves


1811

staring at the man
burning leaves...
stone Buddha


1811

red leaves--
an old man crushes them
a child collects them


1811

evening's red leaves--
cooling off
the grilled yams


1811

have you forgotten
blooming season's over?
roses of Sharon


1811

surviving
and surviving...
how cold it is!


1811

all according to plan, yet
I'm cold!
poor!


1811

in darkness
even on the tatami mat...
ice


1811

children--
Edo's ice tastes sweet
I bet!


1811

my hut--
from which hole
will spring come?


1811

geese and ducks
sing! sing!
stop the year from ending


1811

like he's biting
the cold moon...
gargoyle


1811

green brushwood
weighed in the scales...
first winter rain


1811

"Why's this winter
rain so late?"
the crow caws


1811

its name tag blowing
in the winter rain...
bag of rice


1811

in winter wind
a churning, churning
in my belly


1811

winter wind--
and there's the Buddha's
two-day moon


1811

winter wind--
for thousands of generations
the big hackberry


1811

first snowfall--
the worms in my gut
raise a ruckus


1811

first snow--
the outhouse attendant's
little lantern


1811

tamping down
my belly's worms...
morning snow


1811

frost has formed--
I see whiteness
in my nostrils!


1811

frost on the graves--
the pilgrim geese above
honking


1811

the bill collector
with shoes on steps inside
to the hearth


1811

stowing the good luck
of roasted beans...
in my heart


1811

a year older
sparrows in the bamboo...
warm and snug


1811

wood fire--
my white hair's luster
gets a compliment


1811

eyeing the potato
on the banked fire...
crow


1811

on Musashi Plain
who are they?
eating pufferfish soup


1811

"Shameful, that piss-pot!"
the flock of plovers
sing


1811

even in the tub
where reeds are burning...
a plover!


1811

on friendly terms
with the dog of Iosaki...
a plover


1811

on holy Jizo's lap!
in his sleeves!
plovers singing


1811

plovers singing--
"It's the last day
of Ninth Month!"


1811

a plover sings--
with a rice bag on his head
he passes


1811

the winter fly
I spare, the cat
snatches


1811

on people
and on pufferfish
the same moon shines


1811

beggars under a bridge
give it a toss...
pufferfish


1811

pufferfish face--
indeed indeed
brazen and bold


1811

presenting itself
to Musashi Plain...
the pufferfish


1811

wrap it in straw
or it'll show...
face of the pufferfish


1811

wrapped in straw--
of course! a pufferfish
and plum blossoms


1811

winter trees--
an old sound
from olden times


1811

leaves fall
in other word, die...
evening rain


1811

let the fleeing people
alone!
red leaves falling


1811

Mamasan Temple--
they pick up by hand
the red leaves


1811

amid frost-killed
grass see!
Great Master Ryogen


1811

killing frost--
the deer of Kitsuji
clickety clack


1811

up to today
still no decision to scatter?
out-of-season blooms


1811

the bush warbler's
son is singing...
blooming silverleaf


1811

an offering
for Jizo's fox-god...
silverleaf blossoms


1811

moon! blossoms!
forty-nine years walking around
a waste


1811

"moon" and "blossoms"
empty babble
of a floating world


1811

an Edo cat
in a restless hurry...
Sumida River


1812

even for the tongue-tied
crow of the east...
spring's first dawn


1812

the baby given chopsticks
digs in...
spring's first morning


1812

well, well...
now I've seen fifty
blossoming springs


1812

amazing to reach
my fiftieth year...
blossoming spring


1812

spring begins--
no reed mat over my head
fifty years now


1812

spring begins--
at least I'm human
fifty years now


1812

spring begins--
the Future Buddha's tenth
Year of the Dragon


1812

creating a pretty
spring...
the evening rain


1812

to the same world
one after another...
temple coin souvenirs


1812

a few broken twigs
this too
is a New Year's pine


1812

just a foot long
but it'll do...
New Year's pine


1812

a greenfinch--
Second Month, eighth day
is lucky too


1812

a crossroads sermon
gibberish
spring peace


1812

spring peace--
in the great courtier's hem
dust


1812

all of a sudden
he shuts up...
crow


1812

in the long spring day
they eat, they don't eat
pond turtles


1812

feel better, bush warbler!
it's the last
night of frost


1812

how many mountains
of seashells!
spring rain


1812

the field crow
slips so cleverly...
spring rain


1812

even the field mouse
squeaks, "What luck!"
spring rain


1812

in spring rain
what to eat tomorrow?
house on the shore


1812

in spring rain
with a paper lantern...
little beauty


1812

potted tree--
I blow a spring breeze on you
again today


1812

spring breeze--
the pleasure quarter's
night life


1812

spring breeze--
over the game stones
ten at a time


1812

spring wind--
my thatched roof
blown flat


1812

spring breeze--
where my feet are pointed
I'm on my way


1812

spring breeze--
when did you come out
day moon?


1812

long and narrow
the spring breeze blows...
gentle slope


1812

turtle shells
blown into a row...
east wind


1812

spring mist--
the place where money trees
are planted


1812

on a misty day
they chat...
horses in the field


1812

misty day--
no doubt Heaven's saints
bored stiff


1812

an old temple bell
and voices too
muffled in mist


1812

the old bowl
quickly misted over...
Sumida River


1812

even the wheat
in a morning mood...
blue mist


1812

imitating me
the good-for-nothing mountain
in the mist


1812

old pine
starting a new year...
how many spring mists?


1812

out of mist
one by one they come...
Kan-ei Temple


1812

the night guest's
lantern, misty
temple in a field


1812

heat shimmers--
how the cat talks
in her sleep!


1812

in heat shimmers
covering the rice...
crows


1812

heat shimmers--
the lackey turns to look
behind him


1812

the little tavern
open for business...
spring mountain


1812

brushed by her sleeves
every mountain
is greening!


1812

herb cakes--
when did you get here
little butterfly?


1812

even tossing rice
is a sin...
sparring chickens


1812

blue skies
nothing but blue skies...
low tide


1812

picking herbs--
the foxhole gets
a thank you


1812

the village child
picking herbs, reveals
a foxhole


1812

from mother's back
the baby monkey watches...
burning field


1812

planting one
pine sapling...
my grandchild's face


1812

snatched
by the spoonbill...
the grafted tree


1812

mountain crow--
laughing at the tree
I grafted


1812

mountain crow--
he sees my grafted tree
and laughs


1812

cats' love calls--
between them flows
Sumida River


1812

the Edo cat
in a frenzy...
Sumida River


1812

jumping so well
over the fire...
the love-crazed cat


1812

Musashi Plain--
just one house
one love-crazed cat


1812

parent sparrows
baby sparrows...
a happy mountain


1812

baby sparrow--
his face unaware
of his parents' fights


1812

are you the bush warbler's
only daughter
behind the others, singing?


1812

hey bush warbler--
up close you don't look
like a big shot


1812

lining up
with newcomer's face...
a swallow


1812

at the little gambling shack
the swallow
prattles


1812

lovely--
the sky after a lark
has sung


1812

lovely--
the sky where a noon lark
is singing


1812

come down! come down!
brushfires have started...
singing lark


1812

today too
over in the bamboo
a lark sings


1812

missing people
by two or three feet...
skylarks


1812

seeing the inn's
inner garden, the lark
sings


1812

down a narrow alley
the ocean...
a singing lark


1812

the mountain man's
hoe is his pillow...
singing lark


1812

a pheasant
loitering about, peeks
in my gate


1812

crying pheasant, pounding mill
till past noon
at the temple


1812

crying pheasant--
swallow the Eight Provinces
in a gulp!


1812

the pheasant cries
as if catching sight
of a mountain


1812

a pheasant rushing
to the mountain, missing
his darling wife


1812

the green willow too
tires of watching...
departing geese


1812

departing geese--
human beings miss them
terribly


1812

after the geese depart
back to normal...
Sumida River


1812

in the Karasaki pine
jet black...
a frog


1812

in grassy shade
the frog's wife also lives
in seclusion


1812

get ready to see
my piss waterfall!
croaking frog


1812

brazenly squatting
on the tatami mat...
a frog


1812

in every direction
ten thousand blessings...
croaking frogs


1812

taking flight
and a leak...
croaking frog


1812

crossing the bridge
behind the blind man...
a frog


1812

paying a visit
to the flower's root...
a frog


1812

just one foot
on a butterbur leaf...
croaking frog


1812

like he's tugging
at his loincloth...
a frog


1812

the yellow rose's
honorable ally...
a frog


1812

scowling
at the evening sky...
a frog


1812

next to evening's Mount Fuji
his butt...
croaking frog


1812

wake up! wake up!
sparrows, butterflies
are dancing


1812

don't be lazy!
sparrows, butterflies
are dancing


1812

making their living
butterfly couples...
three...five!


1812

the poop scooper
utterly smeared...
with butterflies


1812

little straw mat--
Bodhidharma, butterfly
and sparrows


1812

clinging to
the boar hunter's arm...
little butterfly


1812

one came
and two left...
garden butterflies


1812

the butterfly
and the deer, best
of friends


1812

butterfly dances
'round the arrow
in a dying deer


1812

three feet
from the musket's barrel...
little butterfly


1812

temple mountain--
a baby tumbles
a butterfly flits


1812

from dawn to dusk
the butterfly couple
makes their living


1812

a green lawn--
come have a seat
Sir Pond Snail!


1812

little tub--
pond snails ready for shelling
play sliding games


1812

making no fuss
they are captured...
pond snails


1812

pond snails sing
they're in the kettle
but don't know it


1812

sound asleep
there is peace on earth...
pond snail


1812

Mokubo Temple--
a blossom-viewing pond snail
and Mount Tsukuba


1812

a pretty thing
on the beggarly vine...
buds


1812

this changing world--
even my hut's grasses
so young!


1812

new grass--
at the town's back door
Mount Fuji


1812

croaking frogs--
"Mustard in the ditch
has bloomed!"


1812

in the flowering mustard
Kazusa-style
"Praise Buddha!"


1812

in the flowering mustard
well, well
the great god Inari!


1812

beyond the gate
of flowering mustard...
Sumida River


1812

at the far edge
of flowering mustard...
Mount Fuji


1812

Praise Buddha!
my little side-field
has bloomed with rape


1812

flimsily
the beggar's mustard flowers too
have bloomed


1812

like they're calling
to the bush warbler...
the bracken


1812

plum in bloom--
a beggar's blossoms too
next door


1812

on his scrap of mat
four or five pennies...
plum blossoms


1812

in the field
of the Buddha of Misfortune
plum blossoms!


1812

though they bloomed
they're not much to look at...
plum blossoms


1812

in hell's mirror
the plum-blossom thief's
reflection


1812

brother, look!
Sakubei's shop has
plums


1812

coins clattering
he thanks them politely...
plum blossoms


1812

at the end of the money-
begging rope...
plum blossoms


1812

in the woods where
a wild boar was spotted...
plum blossoms


1812

an uproar 'round
the penny toss hole...
blossom shade


1812

spreading as far
as Hokkaido...
Buddhism and blossoms


1812

squirming
through the cherry blossoms...
people


1812

in scattering blossoms
Buddha and Buddhism
unknown


1812

scattering cherry blossoms--
thirsty for that faraway
mist


1812

year after year
the sin of blossoms...
wrinkled now


1812

bloom, cherry trees!
Buddha's law spreads
to Hokkaido


1812

in this world
over hell...
gazing at blossoms


1812

stepchild cherry blossoms--
not stunted
at all


1812

where they dug up
the blooming cherry tree
the wind blows


1812

second day
at market, drying up...
cherry blossoms


1812

like they fell
from heaven...
cherry blossoms


1812

the month's
Mr. Ten and Mr. Nine...
cherry blossoms


1812

he's a mountain
cherry blossom-crazed
old man


1812

as soon as it bloomed
they dug up
the cherry tree


1812

yellow roses--
a horse tied
to an old Jizo


1812

dangling
in the yellow roses
the bull's balls


1812

Sixth Month--
the brutal heat
is no more


1812

over my head
a Sixth Month night
of moon


1812

summer's early dawn--
dwindling night reveals
a willow


1812

nighttime in Edo
is especially short...
it seems


1812

nights growing shorter
a delight...
sweet nostalgia


1812

all the short summer night
hard at work puffing...
Mount Asama


1812

short summer night--
seven villages shaded
by tall grass


1812

short summer night--
little puff-ball flowers
have bloomed


1812

"The summer night
so brief, so brief!"
people and blossoms agree


1812

in the hot day
what's buried there?
crow


1812

a hot day's treasure
they say, little clump
of trees


1812

a bit of joy
on a hot day...
sitting in the kneading tub


1812

fierce heat
in Great Nagoya...
fierce heat


1812

the beards of millet
in good health...
such heat!


1812

a bush warbler hides
in the grass...
such heat!


1812

on Musashi Plain
getting used to the heat...
teahouse smoke


1812

herons in a row--
everywhere the same
cool breeze


1812

a cool breeze
with a moon thrown in...
for five pennies


1812

trailing behind
the cool air...
the month's last day


1812

summer cool--
the puffy clouds
like handballs


1812

when evening falls
the willows of Edo
chill


1812

old age--
even the cool moon
soon grows tiresome


1812

if you unwisely go out
feel it blow...
midsummer east wind


1812

morning's black kite
glides stealthily along...
June rain


1812

a crab hangs on
to a reed--
June rain


1812

Sakamoto--
thatched huts, thatched huts
and June rain


1812

June rain--
not a rock
without azaleas


1812

June rain--
the reedy field
starting to flower


1812

swallows--
children sent forth
in June rain


1812

Mr. Toad--
the June rains
have begun!


1812

the bagworm
has strong karma...
June rain


1812

just three raindrops
and they call it
"A stormy night!"


1812

just three raindrops
"A cloudburst!
A cloudburst!"


1812

rainstorm--
at the edge of the sea
it starts


1812

in the cloudburst
a crane-tortoise-pine-bamboo
attitude


1812

touching the head
of the raining cloud...
plume grass


1812

the cloudburst's
target...
teahouse in a field


1812

the cloudburst's
answer to sunlight...
a night sky


1812

like he's snapping
at the downpour...
gargoyle


1812

standing in the cloudburst
keeping her cool...
maiden flower


1812

a cloudburst--
even His Majesty the Emperor
loves it


1812

rainstorm--
a poor sake bottle
rolls along


1812

the cloud mountain
behind one blade of grass
vanishes


1812

the peaks of clouds
hiding
in the grass


1812

have a festival!
even you little clouds
forming peaks


1812

don't run away
from the sickle moon
billowing clouds!


1812

Musashi Plain--
the flea also heads
for the peaks of clouds


1812

Kisa Lagoon--
a summer moon worthy
of Noin


1812

goddess of spring's
shrine maiden, come out!
summer moon


1812

crossing the river
taking a leak...
summer moon


1812

the hairy bug
becomes a butterfly...
summer moon


1812

the door opens
to Naniwa Bay...
summer moon


1812

summer moon--
there's no such thing
as a flawless night


1812

bush clover leaves
have a deeper meaning...
summer moon


1812

guarded by the goddess
Kannon...
pure water


1812

pure water over moss--
come, pigeons!
come, sparrows!


1812

praise Buddha's
mercy mercy mercy!
pure water


1812

my home village--
even behind the outhouse
pure water gushes


1812

come nightfall
it still gushes diligently...
pure water


1812

in tufted grasses
it rustles again...
rice dumpling wrapper


1812

rustle-rustle
nibbling on a rice dumpling...
a pretty woman


1812

clamorous cormorants
see in the New Year
too


1812

granny's cormorant too
celebrates the third day
of First Month


1812

for the geese and ducks
of this world...
new summer robes


1812

even no-good me
somehow pulls it off...
a new summer robe


1812

the morning willow
is first...
a new summer robe


1812

chanting "Praise Buddha!"
changing into
my summer robe


1812

in the beggar's town, too
in thicket shade
new summer robe


1812

dawn--
through my summer kimono shining
moon in the pine


1812

a catfish caught
in a gourd...
summer kimono


1812

like blue sky
the summer kimono
I'm wearing


1812

a kimono for a sail
rushing along...
little boat


1812

printed small
on the summer kimono
Mount Matchi


1812

like a felled tree
in his summer kimono...
big man


1812

summer kimonos, too
cut to show shins...
festival


1812

in the deep heart
of the tall bamboo...
an afternoon mosquito net


1812

my home village--
from inside my mosquito net
I watch


1812

wildflowers
at full bloom...
her paper fan


1812

shading my eyes
with Saigyo's Mount Fuji...
paper fan


1812

a gift
from the god of the poor...
paper fan


1812

whew!
cooling off in Edo
is also hard


1812

behind my back
fingers rolling prayer beads...
evening cool


1812

the horse's bell
the insects' weaving...
evening cool


1812

nights in Edo
today and tomorrow...
cool air at the gate


1812

on a deserted mountain
pinching fleas...
evening cool


1812

a beggar offers
his services...
evening cool


1812

a soot-grimed Amida Buddha
at my side...
evening cool


1812

the holy hermit
puts on a lined robe...
evening cool


1812

live long!
in your ceremonial robe
enjoy the evening cool


1812

life in town--
while enjoying the cool air
"Praise Buddha!"


1812

the moon departs--
in Kyoto even she enjoys
the cool breeze


1812

night after night--
even the beggarly vine
enjoys the cool air


1812

hey bush warbler
what blooms at the icehouses
of Edo?


1812

in my palm
next to one of my lice...
ice


1812

a day to celebrate
snow country's snow!
a pale blue sky


1812

following behind the fawn
a crow
of Nara


1812

morning after morning
blossoming Fourth Month's
cuckoo


1812

at dawn
Edo's new arrival...
"Cuckoo!"


1812

always around now
from the palace...
"Cuckoo!"


1812

entering Edo
the first voice I hear
"Cuckoo!"


1812

Oyodo Town--
leave in silence
cuckoo


1812

worthy of Sir Cuckoo--
the moon
in the pine


1812

cuckoo--
escaping the palace
at night


1812

cuckoo--
if you don't like the bamboo
stay in the tree!


1812

cuckoo--
azalea clotted fields!
mountains!


1812

cuckoo--
azaleas adorn
my umbrella-hat


1812

oh cuckoo--
swallow blossom-filled Edo
in a gulp!


1812

a good match--
the sickle moon
the cuckoo


1812

don't let Muen Temple's
prayers drown you out...
cuckoo!


1812

mountain country--
why do you dislike it
cuckoo?


1812

the boat departs--
right next to his head
a cuckoo


1812

all our doctrines
just a lot of noise...
to the cuckoo


1812

a mountain cuckoo sings
"Don't fall off
that horse!"


1812

looking down at the village
of white walls
mountain cuckoo


1812

just one reed
for the reed warbler...
Sumida river


1812

hey reed warbler--
it's four or five inches tall
Mount Tsukuba


1812

a reed warbler--
Mount Tsukuba
in a corner of the sky


1812

to the rhythm
of a moorhen's cries...
a cloud speeds by


1812

mocking Mokubo Temple's
prayer gong...
a moorhen calls


1812

old cat
will you catch that snake?
"Hell no!"


1812

reed-thatched house--
no one comes
except fireflies


1812

if a firefly comes
it comes to lick...
lamp oil


1812

a single blade
of grass beckons...
the firefly


1812

kept as pets
by citizens of Edo...
fireflies


1812

he likes the grass
of my umbrella-hat...
flitting firefly


1812

the grass sniffed
by the dog...
a firefly flies


1812

over the crunch-crunch
of my eating...
a firefly flits


1812

"Don't bump your head
on that stone!"
flitting firefly


1812

fly away, firefly
my hut's smoky!
smoky!


1812

called forth
by Mr. Long-Beard...
the first firefly


1812

firefly lights?
though no one comes
the hut is good


1812

a mouth calling fireflies--
one
flies in


1812

evening falls--
to the just-sold grass
fireflies flit


1812

evening firefly--
giving my moxa cautery
a good licking


1812

flit firefly!
to the sound of hands
of hands


1812

one cocoon
in the stone Buddha's
lap


1812

tiger moth--
people acting like people
are hateful


1812

beyond the swarming
mosquitos, the no-good
hackberry tree


1812

one mosquito
flies down my throat...
still whining!


1812

my hut's fleas
how cute!
they sleep with me


1812

a flea jumps
in the laughing Buddha's
mouth


1812

evening falls--
in a big sake cup
moon and a flea


1812

cicadas chirr--
a red leaf
flutters down


1812

"first cicada!"
he says
while it pisses


1812

cooling his butt
toward the lake...
cicada singing


1812

the dog turns
in the cicada's direction...
mouth agape


1812

the morning glories
brightly bloom...
and bonito!


1812

a third day
for citizens of Edo...
summer's first bonito


1812

Sir Whiskers
has first crack
at summer's first bonito


1812

Musashi Plain--
Mount Fuji and bonito
on everyone's mind


1812

big tide--
blooming bindweed clings
to the sand


1812

the bindweed
splish-splash in the tide
blooms anyway


1812

kept cool
by moonflowers...
the Buddha


1812

moonflowers--
home for the spots
of the fawn


1812

blowing her snot
on the moonflower...
a young girl


1812

blowing her snot
on the moonflower...
granny


1812

the moonflowers
get a drenching...
from my spoon


1812

moonflowers--
so swiftly they enter
Osugi Shrine


1812

a big field
by a little village...
poppies


1812

words
are a waste of time...
poppies


1812

the naked child crawls--
the blooming
poppies


1812

like a poppy
how it sways...
front tooth


1812

looks like it's built
on lotus leaves...
the hut


1812

days are becoming
absurdly long!
lotus blossoms


1812

holy Jizo
in the blooming pinks...
dead center


1812

a blooming pink--
the big bee
stings it!


1812

geese and ducks
wipe their feet...
on the irises


1812

dangling from
the young buck's antler...
lilies


1812

all stretched out
the dog naps
in the lilies


1812

evening gloom--
a fawn's spots
on the lily


1812

over the duckweed
one by one in a row...
swallows


1812

duckweed blooms
"Come! Come to the old man's
teahouse!"


1812

the duckweed too
may have prayed...
blooming in the west


1812

"wheat's autumn"--
but in the hut of reeds
"fish autumn"


1812

ripened wheat--
the little field's geese
grow hoarse


1812

home village--
even on a thin post
moss has bloomed


1812

the thicket's bamboo
like all young folk
raising a ruckus


1812

depending on
the young bamboo...
little house


1812

summer's young bamboo--
joyful!
joyful!


1812

smelling the melon
shading his eyes to gaze...
a weasel


1812

I smell melons--
where might they be
katydid?


1812

the year's first melon
big as her head...
baby


1812

the morning glories' rustle
mere extra...
eggplant


1812

caressed by citizens
of Edo...
eggplant


1812

the eggplant I'm growing
in my hut...
a horror!


1812

just one blade
of thick summer grass
works fine


1812

candy lined up
on leaves of bamboo...
thick summer grasses


1812

salty candy
for sale...
thick summer grasses


1812

a candy stand in a nook
of Suminoe...
thick summer grasses


1812

spreading so thick
what an eyesore...
hackberry tree


1812

autumn begins--
in a little pine island's
little nook


1812

the red gems
of a flower's buds...
autumn evening


1812

autumn dusk--
a pretty little bird
passes by


1812

going out to fart
about ten times...
a long night


1812

regret autumn's end
regret it!
ancient pine


1812

for all with children--
a Bon Bon Bon
Festival moon!


1812

earthworms singing
mosquitos on rice cakes...
Bon Festival moon


1812

harvest moon--
my eighty thousand
great saints


1812

autumn wind--
the god of the poor
won't come along


1812

autumn wind--
on the loafer's back
it blows


1812

a crybaby
tagging along...
autumn wine


1812

that red jewel
what seed could it be?
morning dew


1812

at dawn
sprinkled with dew...
Chikuma River


1812

old frog
dewdrops are tumbling
look! there!


1812

true words--
before long we too
are dew on grass


1812

though they fret
amid the dewdrops...
such splendor!


1812

this morning
even my thatched hut
made-up with dew


1812

in the dripping
tip of a dewdrop...
such riches!


1812

taking a leak
adding to the dew...
Kogane Field


1812

this world--
the silver dewdrops
aren't lying


1812

such cool air--
big pearls, little pearls
of dew


1812

a knotweed-eating bug
likes what it likes...
evening dew


1812

all four seasons
dew drips down...
ex-river beach


1812

dew dripping down--
even holy Nyoirin
is thinking...


1812

dewdrop world--
clinging to dewdrops...
cormorant fishermen


1812

a dewdrop world--
dewy pinks
big and little


1812

dewdrops fall
drip-drip, this floating world's
Great Thing


1812

dewdrops falling
drip-drip, this world
is good!


1812

three dewdrops--
Ueno's cicadas
break out into song


1812

bees--
stealing your honey
dewdrops evaporate


1812

blowing a flute
to celebrate the silver dew...
my hometown


1812

on loincloth
and little red flowers...
evening dew


1812

trying to catch
the lightning bolt...
a child


1812

dawn--
Mount Asama's fog on the dinner tray
crawls


1812

on a holy shrine
in tufted grasses...
a singing cicada


1812

the first to arise
a mosquito swarm...
ancestors' altar


1812

even on the ancestors' altar
they wriggle...
maiden flowers


1812

ancestors' altar--
for gnawing silkworms, too
a tea offering


1812

like bonfires for the dead
burning to nothing...
autumn dew


1812

bonfires for the dead--
in every direction
Heike crabs


1812

red string
connects their hands...
Bon dance umbrella-hats


1812

just this year
just this year!
Bon Festival dance


1812

a young potted pine
celebrates too...
Tanabata stars


1812

even the insects sing:
"It's great Tanabata!
Tanabata!"


1812

greeting the stars
of Tanabata
at my hut, pinks


1812

come evening
it's a homeland of blossoms...
Tanabata night


1812

the sumo champion
caresses with his chin...
wildflowers


1812

wildflowers caressed
by his chin...
sumo champion


1812

my hut
and two out-of-sync
cloth-pounders


1812

where were you poked
to make that sound...
mountain deer?


1812

the rear goose--
well, well
a sore foot


1812

hut's evening
sparrows in the bamboo
geese in the reeds


1812

behind me--
it's become a night
of wild geese!


1812

rice field geese
glare at me
as I pass


1812

an uproar--
those wild geese
are the Shogun's!


1812

geese honking--
into Mount Asama's fog
a fire


1812

the wild geese
honking! honking!
about me


1812

from today on
you are Japanese geese...
rest easy


1812

settling back
to dead silence...
rice field geese


1812

autumn's first geese--
from you I could learn
where to sleep


1812

autumn's first geese--
from you I could learn
about travels!


1812

not landing
on the lake...
the geese's plan


1812

aiming their butts
at the evening moon...
rice field geese


1812

cricket--
on the young buck's antler's
tip


1812

gorging himself
on the cat's food...
katydid


1812

a grain of rice
stuck to his cheek...
katydid


1812

come again
I'll lend you my lap...
katydid


1812

the wildflowers
a-buzz with flies
making love


1812

blowing her nose
with a morning glory...
a woman


1812

thatched with
morning glories
my little hut


1812

the puppy's morning glory
has bloomed...
at the gate


1812

just today and tomorrow
for your flirting...
maiden flowers


1812

in this world
no wriggling allowed!
maiden flowers


1812

come one! come all!
the rustling
plume grass


1812

keeping Holy Binzuru
from being rubbed...
a red leaf


1812

evening shadows--
a big red leaf
for divine Idaten


1812

stoppoing the flow
of Heaven's River...
one fallen leaf


1812

just about enough
to cool me off...
fallen leaf


1812

one paulownia leaf
good choice!
it falls westward


1812

one paulownia leaf
then two, three, four...
a downpour!


1812

this morning
one snuck off the tree...
paulownia leaf


1812

for my hermitage
something to write on...
paulownia leaf


1812

snagged by the buck's
antler, one
fallen leaf


1812

dying to the beat
of the prayer to Buddha...
one leaf falls


1812

from the thin curve
of the sickle moon...
one leaf falls


1812

pushing up through
seven feet of millet...
rose of Sharon


1812

roses of Sharon--
for generations
thin smoke rising


1812

the aging gourd
and I
cast our shadows


1812

drainage canal--
dragged off by the water
a mountain gourd


1812

the door latch
rusting deep red...
winter cold


1812

cold day--
in the space above the well
a maiden flower


1812

a cold sun
at the very tip...
wind-cutting charm


1812

Shinano road's mountains
bearing down...
the cold!


1812

two or three
red tree leaves...
bitter cold


1812

all night
a mill's pounding echo...
winter cold


1812

the year's not over
but spring comes anyway...
cats making love


1812

truthfully
it's cold, nothing more!
first winter rain


1812

first winter rain--
songs in the tavern
become ripe


1812

the well bucket
for the "starlings"
first winter rain


1812

tea is steaming
at the mountain temple...
first winter rain


1812

first winter rain--
a mad dash
to the mountain house


1812

while tying up
the maiden flowers...
winter rain


1812

one persimmon
on the tree all alone..
winter rain


1812

the blooming cockscomb
droops listlessly...
winter rain


1812

winter rain--
stomping on the mum
the croaking frog


1812

in winter rain
toward the heart of darkness...
honking geese


1812

the winter rain
hurries to a finish...
little house


1812

clumsily wrecking
the dusk of day...
winter rain


1812

first snow falling--
close your mouth
skillet!


1812

in first snow strutting
to digest his rice cake...
the crow


1812

first snowfall--
atop the rice bag
a little lamp


1812

in first snow
the dog goes first...
two-penny bridge


1812

well here it is,
the place I'll die?
five feet of snow


1812

to my open palms
snowflakes flitting
down


1812

softly, softly
blanketed with snow...
my home


1812

snow falling--
mill-pounding echoes
next door


1812

snow falling--
inside Zenkô Temple
people settle in


1812

on my thin legs
smack! smack!
hailstones


1812

wasted offering--
a crow caws for the god
of wealth's rice


1812

joining the festivities
for the god of wealth...
my hut


1812

secluded house--
sweeping soot
off the dog's head, too


1812

harvest moon--
so much soot to sweep
at Zenkô Temple


1812

Twelfth Month singers--
seven feet away
a little one sings


1812

pounding rice cakes--
now, even I return
to my home village


1812

mountain castle--
even in a little field
gifts of new clothes


1812

red leaves also
stuck where they are...
wicker trap fishing


1812

planting a tree
that will turn to gold...
paper robe


1812

first time wearing it
pulled from a plum tree...
paper robe


1812

at the sunset bell
one ear plugged...
winter quilt


1812

the cricket crawls in
chirping...
winter quilt


1812

the owl laughs
hoo-hoo! hoo-hoo!
winter quilt


1812

in dream world
was I laughing at a turtle?
winter seclusion


1812

set aside the sickle!
blow, wind!
it's brazier time


1812

looking up
from my brazier peerless...
Mount Fuji!


1812

holy hermit--
his brazier cold all
the way to Ueno


1812

driving rain--
father rows the boat
child tends the brazier


1812

what's left
of the crushed charcoals...
my arms


1812

laugh, little Juro
and Goro!
charcoal scale


1812

he beckons
with a charcoal-dusted hand...
old peddler


1812

materializing
above a charcoal fire...
Mount Ogura


1812

happy and well--
the Ise merchant's shop
has a charcoal fire


1812

the bush warbler
alit on it first...
charcoal bag


1812

Mount Saga--
with the natto soup
plum blossoms


1812

my natto shares
my pillow...
my night's sleep


1812

"Come and get it!"
boiled pufferfish
at a Sumida River inn


1812

"Come and get
your boar stew!"
Sumida River inn


1812

were you born
Tenth Month, tenth day?
wren


1812

as evening falls
in Nihonbashi, a chorus
of plovers


1812

spanking the big
chrysanthemum's head...
falling leaf


1812

fallen leaves--
not a single crow
is irksome


1812

even newborn leaves
turned red...
fall like tears


1812

on purple clouds
when will I set sail?
western sea


1812

what a shame!
how many canes prop you up
old pine?


1812

old pine--
you'll reap your karma
in the end


1812

even in the god's tree
a painful nail
is driven


1812

a five-inch nail--
the pine tree
is weeping


1812

what karma will follow you
to the next world?
garden's pine


1812

hey thief
no sitting down there!
old pine


1812

potted pine--
this too flows
from karma


1812

even a priceless
pine tree...
one night's storm


1812

not yet Buddha--
the mindless old
pine


1812

in pine-tree shade
sleeping, eating...
sixty provinces!


1812

well, well
a garden of bamboo...
Ishibatake


1812

swishing bamboo
almost scraping heaven...
such snobs!


1812

even for bamboo
there's nothing but
crookedness


1812

bamboo grove--
here, too, there's no
perfection


1812

an anti-plague charm
on Simon bamboo...
door of the inn


1812

some Simon bamboo
hate sparrows...
sometimes


1812

a thousand years
until the next life?
Mr. and Mrs. Crane


1812

at my hut too
holding a child, listening...
evening crane


1812

are your thousand years
ending today?
song of the crane


1812

the crane descends
for sightseeing...
a charming hut


1812

partaking of
the crane's veggies...
sparrows


1812

is water boiling
in the big kettle?
turtle's nightmare


1812

and how old are you
Mr. Turtle?
Mount Fuji


1812

do tell, turtle
of Future Buddha's tenth
year of the dragon


1812

with a thump, thump
the turtle drags
along


1812

though he's not
walking away...
turtle set free


1812

carry me off too
wherever you like...
beach turtle


1812

the stray cat
makes Buddha's lap
her pillow


1812

filled with shame
flat to the ground...
the thief cat


1812

after three days
you've forgotten me?
stray cat


1812

born in the pines
of Matsushima...
this little nook


1812

pine island--
the same floating world
even here


1812

my dead mother--
every time I see the ocean
every time...


1812

where chickens
waged their war...
now they play


1812

deep inside
of everyone, Mount Asama's
smoke


1813

First Month--
instead of plum blossoms
a blizzard


1813

no customary
New Year's Day
for the slob


1813

blossoms--
from this morning on
29 springs to go


1813

joining
the brushwood fire's smoke
morning's blossoms


1813

gums for grinders
I greet the blossoming
spring


1813

just when my house
has gotten used to deep snow...
spring blossoms


1813

do not think me
a poor-spirited soul...
mankind's spring


1813

a world of plum blossoms
and willows!
mankind's spring


1813

Mankind's Day--
but nothing special
in my rice gruel


1813

back from holiday
the servant brings a friend...
Kyoto


1813

Servants' Holiday--
the great festival shrine
passes by


1813

joining the travelers
on Servants' Holiday...
a huge man


1813

a servant on holiday
behind me says a prayer...
Mount Matchi


1813

lucky beans
and lucky tea
just for me alone


1813

spring at my gate--
the first New Year's greeting
from sparrows


1813

a big kite
rising and crashing...
Mount Matchi


1813

a Kyoto suburb--
even flying kites
is hard


1813

mountain temple--
for the child head-shaved tomorrow
a kite


1813

even the beggar
hopes to get rich...
god of wealth singers


1813

god of wealth singers
come dancing...
plum blossoms


1813

a beggar's New Year's song
too
in the mist


1813

spring begins
so simply...
chestnut rice cake soup


1813

one leaf
for the bush warbler...
New Year's herbs


1813

enough for one helping
spills out while running...
New Year's herbs


1813

dirty nails
facing my New Year's dish
ashamed


1813

heavy rain--
splashing and smashing
Third Month blossoms


1813

blatantly the snow
falls pit-a-pat...
spring peace


1813

off to one side
rain dribbles down...
a long spring day


1813

a thread of smoke
a bit of snow...
a long spring day


1813

the lame chicken
dragging, dragging...
a long spring day


1813

to the beat
of a pheasant's cries
spring dusk


1813

hey spear holder!
don't let the spring
escape!


1813

small talk
down in the cellar...
spring rain


1813

first thing after waking up
spring rain
in my eyes


1813

letting her parent carry
the paper lantern...
spring rain


1813

spring rain--
the uneaten ducks
are quacking


1813

spring rain--
hands turned palms up
for flitting snow


1813

spring rain--
a mouse licking up
Sumida River


1813

in one boat
a horse rides too...
spring rain


1813

take a look,
earthenware Saigyo...
spring rain


1813

the haystack
soaked with rain...
spring breeze


1813

smoking a pipe
by lantern light...
spring breeze


1813

his butt cooled
by the spring breeze
roof thatcher


1813

spring breeze--
purified at the shrine
a dog heads home


1813

spring breeze--
a mouse licking up
Sumida River


1813

spring breeze--
Oman's cloth simply
blowing


1813

spring breeze--
the fence's tea strainer
blowing


1813

crane in the reeds--
this evening's haze
is your doing


1813

night of haze
with a bellyful of rice cakes...
Higashi Mountains


1813

even in spring mist
it's snow-covered...
my home


1813

misty day--
with their eyes sewn shut
geese honking


1813

all is misty
even my eyes!
from this new year on


1813

with the pounding
of a pestle
the mist gathers


1813

don't cry, children!
the red mist
has passed away


1813

western mountains--
which cloud of mist
will I ride?


1813

the moon
in Buddha's bucket, too...
mist-covered


1813

you, too, turn to
heat shimmers...
my thatched hut


1813

heat shimmers--
from inside the rice cake tub
one more


1813

heat shimmers--
chasing the village crow
with a hoe


1813

heat shimmers--
the child's lost chicken
struts in the distance


1813

my hut's snow
not very good
at dying


1813

geese and ducks
honking, quacking it away...
melting snow


1813

Shinano road--
when the snow finally melts
mosquitos whine


1813

come, sparrows
in all four corners the gate's
snow is melting!


1813

the momentous snow
has melted away...
late riser


1813

servants take a break
from their migration...
kite flying


1813

migrating servants--
wherever you go, the same
plum blossoms!


1813

the widow, too
leaves a doll
among the cherry trees


1813

picking herbs--
on my coat a croaking
frog


1813

on the old umbrella-hat
smack! smack!
threshing tea leaves


1813

a mountain crow
helps the fire setters...
little thicket


1813

grass fire on its way
to the hot tub
in the field


1813

the children
make it a playground...
burnt field


1813

as if the villagers
are frozen...
burning field


1813

fire on field and mountain--
at night this world
ain't bad!


1813

where I planted seeds
oh well!
morning frost


1813

the chicken
is standing guard...
my grafted tree


1813

hut's cat
deep in the sake goblet
yowling!


1813

hey big cat
shake a leg!
the wife calls


1813

smeared with flowering
mustard here he comes...
lover cat


1813

O flowering mustard
blow the cat's prowling route
shut!


1813

Kasuga Field--
even the rascally buck
sheds his antlers


1813

may I lend you
a head scarf?
buck after antler-shedding


1813

the buck looks
at cherry blossoms...
shedding his antlers


1813

at my house
there's nothing!
the bird's left the nest


1813

on the tip of the
newly sprouted bamboo...
a baby sparrow


1813

taking turns
guarding the nest...
parent sparrows


1813

the baby sparrow
is allowed to play...
tatami mat


1813

baby sparrows, too
arrive for the Buddha's
morning showing


1813

baby sparrow--
the dust in this hut
is filthy!


1813

in the great bronze
Buddha's nose chirping...
sparrow babies


1813

the bush warbler
makes a face in the smoke...
mountain home


1813

staying behind--
the bush warbler's only
daughter


1813

bush warbler
this fence is reserved
for you


1813

catching the spirit
of the bush warbler's song...
samurai


1813

he seems to have
the bush warbler's back...
sparrow


1813

the bush warbler
not at all concerned...
little gambling shack


1813

while imitating
a bush warbler...
a bush warbler!


1813

hey bush warbler--
why the rush
to go so soon?


1813

bush warbler, don't suffocate
from the pipe smoke!
Edo mountain


1813

samurai--
even the bush warbler
gives orders


1813

sing! sing!
though off key
my bush warbler


1813

trying to sleep--
that bush warbler on the eaves
is a bush warbler!


1813

he's a prince
of a bush warbler!
you could say


1813

arriving with faces that say
it's been a long time...
swallows


1813

seeing Oi River
and then...
a lark


1813

a fishing boat rows
over blossoms...
a skylark


1813

coming down
to eat his lunch...
skylark


1813

bobbing and weaving
the pheasant cries...
big sitting room


1813

pheasants cry--
the sacred mountain's
babysitters


1813

a pheasant cries--
soup steam wafts over
wild grasses


1813

"The shrine in the field
is too red!"
the pheasant cries


1813

around noon a pheasant
strolls through...
big sitting room


1813

"The crow took
the fried rice!"
the pheasant cries


1813

the evening pheasant's
sleeping place...
a little shrine


1813

the evening pheasant
runs then stops...
grass and sky


1813

clamorous
wild geese who saw Edo
returning home


1813

Zenkô Temple, too
quickly passed over...
geese flying north


1813

once again
the deer see them off..
geese flying north


1813

don't go geese!
everywhere it's a floating world
of sorrow


1813

trampling Asakusa's
little Fuji...
a croaking frog


1813

"Hey puppy
come here!" croaks
the frog


1813

uncles, nephews
which are the cousins...?
croaking frogs


1813

in leaves of grass
playing hide-and-seek...
a frog


1813

on a brushwood boat
croaking downstream...
a frog


1813

chin-deep
in the fallen blossoms...
a frog


1813

in his retreat
in the flowering mustard
a croaking frog


1813

enjoying your sex
so shamelessly?
frogs


1813

onto a straw lid
marked "Smallpox"
hops a frog


1813

facing every-which way
frog cousins
and second cousins!


1813

never opening
their mouths in vain...
frogs


1813

at Mokubo Temple
bunking on a flower...
a frog


1813

serene and still
the mountain-viewing
frog


1813

even around here
the world is good!
frogs croaking


1813

thinking my cane's
a balancing toy...
croaking frog


1813

my back-alley home--
five feet of sky
but spring butterflies


1813

morning rain--
a butterfly licks
it up


1813

Suruga Road--
even the butterflies dream
about Mount Fuji


1813

weak tea--
every day the butterfly
stops by


1813

tea smoke--
into the butterfly's face
it blows


1813

a butterfly comes
to my good-for-nothing
hut


1813

amid butterflies
little butterflies
mountain home


1813

a butterfly, a cat
deep asleep...
temple sitting room


1813

an arm for a pillow--
every day the butterfly
visits


1813

lending it
to the sleeping butterfly...
my knee


1813

stray cat
look! the butterfly's
well-behaved


1813

stuck to the dog
curled asleep...
little butterfly


1813

mountain bees
buzz-buzz pass through
the temple room


1813

the big crane walks
with great importance...
violets


1813

hopping over the river
of blooming violets...
pretty woman


1813

like playing cards--
mustard blossoms
at my gate


1813

even the bracken
are like nails...
Kyoto


1813

in grassy shade
looking like canes...
the bracken


1813

for Toribe Field's
holy Jizo...
bracken


1813

even wild rose buds--
all eaten
by people


1813

Kamakura--
who planted these camellias
in olden times?


1813

plum blossom scent--
a house with four walls
can't be found


1813

plum blossom scent--
the voices of children
sound reverent


1813

plum blossoms--
the candy bush warbler
opens his mouth


1813

plum blossoms--
riding a dog
the Peach Boy


1813

secluded house--
enough plum blossoms
for brewing tea


1813

nothing special
to the village dog...
plum blossoms


1813

snatched
by the stray cat...
plum blossoms


1813

plum blossoms
of the field dropped...
naughty dog


1813

someone chanting
the Lotus Sutra...
plum blossoms


1813

waterfall's mist--
even here, off to the side
blossom clouds


1813

tucking himself in
under fallen blossoms
puppy


1813

in scattering blossoms
holding their breath...
sea gulls


1813

fallen blossoms--
the stylish woman leaves
her butt print


1813

riding in a palanquin
the blossom thief!
blossom thief!


1813

blossoming mountain--
come out and play
devil in me!


1813

the old fence too
has Third Month, 10th day
blossoms!


1813

donning my umbrella-hat--
cherry blossoms portend
a lucky day


1813

sticking, sticking
to paper umbrellas...
cherry blossoms


1813

lining the bottom
of the trash can...
cherry blossoms


1813

the cherry blossoms fall--
I apologize to a dog
in passing


1813

cherry blossoms
I waited and waited for...
I'm alone


1813

while viewing mountain
cherry blossoms...
a prayer


1813

evening cherry blossoms
to the prayer gong's beat
scatter


1813

from willow tree
from plum tree comes
the fox!


1813

from the willow
a ghost attacks!
the child


1813

Fourth, Fifth Months--
mist at its peak
on Mount Tsukuba


1813

summer night--
like a lump of fried rice
Mount Fuji


1813

dewdrops spilling--
suddenly the nights
grow short


1813

nights for the blossoms
grow shorter...
and shorter


1813

in the middle of the short
summer night blooming...
azaleas


1813

short summer night--
sister's silkworms
in a feeding frenzy


1813

short summer night--
the silkworms' mouths
chomping


1813

short summer night--
the hairdresser's wildflowers
blooming


1813

short summer night--
an umbrella-shaped flower
has bloomed


1813

in the short summer night
wriggling to climax...
maiden flowers


1813

short summer night--
the frogs croaking
trash talk


1813

the flower that looks
like a wind-chime blooms...
the heat


1813

oh cool cool
evening!
the month's last day


1813

it's a down, down
downtrodden land...
but cool!


1813

the cool, windy moon
is shut out too...
thatched hut


1813

the cool breeze
makes it a house...
my house


1813

what cool air--
snow and ice
two cents apiece


1813

in the cool air
me and flame-drawn
katydid


1813

cool air--
the evening mountain
becomes itself


1813

cool air--
the rain that Hachibei
prayed for


1813

cool air--
like pillows beyond the gate
the mountains


1813

cool air--
again from the west
an evening shower


1813

cool summer air--
so that these rice plants
will blossom


1813

cool air--
a moonlit night fit
for a god


1813

lying spread-eagle
cool
lonely


1813

nothing at all
but a calm heart
and cool air


1813

one after another
they come...
little cloudbursts


1813

two blades of grass
cheer for the cloudburst
I bring


1813

blessings fall
on Mount Togakushi...
a cloudburst


1813

here you come
O divine cloudburst!
cloudburst divine!


1813

little straw mat--
the cloudburst just a spurt
but a good one


1813

perfectly round
the cloud's first
burst


1813

after a cloudburst
of raindrops...
teardrops


1813

a bowl to catch
the cloudburst...
my hut


1813

a summer rainstorm--
scratches
my itch


1813

for the cloudburst
village headmen gather...
five heads!


1813

a cloudburst--
a heroic Benkei-sized
hot pepper


1813

yesterday
were you tricking us?
billowing clouds


1813

a good omen--
in the west, deep red
billowing clouds


1813

don't blow them away
post horse conch!
billowing clouds


1813

on the tips
of my outstretched toes...
billowing clouds


1813

noontime--
about pillow high
the billowing clouds


1813

the swimming flea
thinks to reach them...
billowing clouds


1813

vain clouds
forming vain peaks
in vain


1813

watching the clouds
drifting to sleep...
summer mountain


1813

the bush warbler's
good karma overflows...
pure water


1813

with sudden curves
it wants to sprawl...
pure water


1813

from the azaleas
the azaleas' pure
water


1813

flimsily
the morning glories bloom...
pure water


1813

mountain village--
even the horse bathes
in pure water


1813

new red flowers
have bloomed...
pure water over moss


1813

at my home
Shinano's moon
and pure water!


1813

at the gate
a palm-sized rice field too
has greened


1813

my portion of rice field
turns green too...
evening's wooden drum


1813

my side-field of rice--
the first to turn
green! green!


1813

even under the eaves
human handiwork...
a green rice field


1813

festival--
for whose treasured child
this red fan?


1813

festival--
snapping my fan
wore me out


1813

a flower shaped
like a Bon lantern...
purification ritual


1813

the sea gull
is an old devotee...
river shrine


1813

are you renting a home
sea gull?
river shrine


1813

night fishing--
on St. Jizo's lap
a short sword


1813

moonlight nook--
from the pine's shadow
night fishing


1813

cormorant boat--
her children cry in the window
left behind


1813

sweat drops from cows
from horses...
blades of grass


1813

growing old--
one drop of sweat
soon, another


1813

this day perhaps
even I'll do it...
new summer robe


1813

in our new summer robes
the gate's hackberry tree
and me


1813

the first and best
of Shitaya Ward...
in summer kimono


1813

with a face like he's licked
persimmon paper...
a new summer robe


1813

hating the "four"
of Fourth Month...
the change to summer clothes


1813

stretching out
the hand's wrinkles...
a new summer robe


1813

letting white cloud
into the sleeves...
summer robe


1813

waterfall's mist
crawls into my sleeves...
summer kimono


1813

putting on
the summer kimono...
a perfect square!


1813

in his summer kimono
more and more square...
old man


1813

my home village--
dangling into the mosquito net
wildflowers


1813

festival day--
some treasured child's
red fan


1813

western mountains--
I'm off to play paper fan gliders
under the moon


1813

shading
Mr. Long-Beard's eyes...
a paper fan from Kyoto


1813

like a belt encircling
the mountain's hips...
smudge pot smoke


1813

the smudge pot smoke
is a comfort...
my life alone


1813

my home village--
the smudge pots trailing
mist


1813

even water sprinkled
at the gate costs money...
life in Edo


1813

airing out the bedding--
atop the futon
a katydid


1813

at dawn
cool air is restored...
my house


1813

this evening's
cooling off...
not quite flawless


1813

cool air at the gate--
the evening isn't
soot-grimed


1813

just me
and a stalk of bamboo...
evening cool


1813

feeding on
Old Basho's legs...
evening cool


1813

night after night
this is true Kyoto!
cooling at the gate


1813

where rice field weeds
are thrown away...
they bloom


1813

the bush warbler too
standing guard...
ice house


1813

even the snow
of Shinano! celebrated
on this day


1813

the mountain hermit
under a bundle of snow
Kyoto-bound


1813

snow, fly too!
straight through
the barrier gate


1813

the one-foot waterfall
is also cool...
sweet jelly


1813

little tub--
on top of Mount Fuji
sweet jelly


1813

traveler--
on a mountain he sits
with sweet jelly


1813

from a tub
of sweet jelly it flows...
Minano River


1813

sweet jelly
along with the plume grass
sways


1813

heaping helpings
of sweet jelly laid out...
Mount Matchi


1813

in two or three leaves
of green willow...
overnight sushi


1813

in butterburr leaves
borrowed from Osaka...
overnight sushi


1813

sushi stand--
water splashing down
on Mount Ozasa


1813

shaded by azaleas
from Mutsu...
overnight sushi


1813

evening falls--
vegetarian sushi too
by Sumida River


1813

the moon like a tub
has risen...
"Cuckoo!"


1813

how many gallons
of Edo's rain did you drink?
cuckoo


1813

almost spitting distance
to Edo, eh?
cuckoo


1813

Kiso Mountains--
plowing through the snow
a cuckoo


1813

a little smoke
makes a cloud...
"Cuckoo!"


1813

the young buck's
antlers tilting...
"Cuckoo!"


1813

I hope your busy-ness
isn't contagious
cuckoo!


1813

which, oh which
is your mountain?
cuckoo


1813

heard so rarely
makes it precious...
"Cuckoo!"


1813

even you
have "flea-spotting eyes"...
cuckoo


1813

are you half-asleep?
foolish cuckoo
foolish crow


1813

is everyone half asleep?
prostitute
and cuckoo


1813

is everyone half asleep?
prostitute, horse
cuckoo


1813

cuckoo--
the rain of Great Edo
is sweet!


1813

cuckoo--
you know when it's time
to run


1813

hey cuckoo--
are you scolding
the loafer?


1813

cuckoo--
hot tub steam stirs
as does the grass


1813

don't choke
on the hermit's pipe smoke!
cuckoo


1813

are you trying not to
look at my hut?
cuckoo


1813

in a previous
life, my cousin?
mountain cuckoo


1813

pass your solitude
to me...
mountain cuckoo


1813

so my hut
is your favorite!
mountain cuckoo


1813

on the sign
on my gate singing
mountain cuckoo


1813

even the priceless bush warbler
well!
warbles in summer


1813

toads
with grimacing faces...
all in a row


1813

clinging to
the raftsman's chopstick...
firefly


1813

the raftsman
has had his fill...
fireflies


1813

on the raftsman's chopstick
once again...
firefly


1813

raftsman--
watching fireflies as if
they're to blame


1813

my house's pillar
doesn't suit their taste...
flitting fireflies


1813

thatched hut--
catching and releasing
fireflies


1813

from the plume grass
from the pine
fireflies! fireflies!


1813

it's only natural--
on the mountain where I live
skinny fireflies


1813

an arm for a pillow--
from the nape of my neck
a firefly flits


1813

old wall--
for no reason a firefly
flits there


1813

he flips a page
of the Lotus Sutra...
a firefly flies


1813

Mokubo Temple--
the dog calls, too
fireflies come


1813

don't go, firefly!
even at night Kyoto
is noisy


1813

flit away, firefly!
the teapot's mouth
gapes wide


1813

didn't you hear
me call?
flitting away firefly


1813

my dwelling--
mingling with the mice
pretty fireflies


1813

mosquito larvae--
in a day how many
ups and downs?


1813

morning after morning
a mosquito hideout...
the temple flower


1813

just now
built by mosquitos...
a towering swarm!


1813

mosquitos party
in the rice cake tub...
again a swarm


1813

in the rice cake tub
a swarm...
whining mosquitos


1813

amid the buzz of mosquitos
a bit of red...
wildflower


1813

into the mosquito swarm
take care! take care!
swallow


1813

mosquito swarm--
into my sleeve
they rise


1813

the mosquito swarm
stops for a visit...
the hedge


1813

swarming mosquitos--
if you return tomorrow
stay out front!


1813

mosquito swarm--
there are far better
houses than mine!


1813

swarming mosquitos--
it's a good choice
to stay out front


1813

swarming mosquitos--
under the arms of the pine
a discarded smudge pot


1813

age fifty--
bitten also by mosquitos
of Kyoto


1813

comparing butts
in Kannon's temple...
mosquitos


1813

up my sleeve--
mosquitos are pounding
a rice cake


1813

driven from next door's
smudge pot...
mosquitos


1813

where there's people
there's mosquitos...
admiring the willow


1813

imperial palace--
even in Kyoto's night
mosquitos whine


1813

if you're raising
a ruckus go outside!
hut's flies


1813

swatting a fly
four or five inches away...
little butterfly


1813

my hut's flies
come along too...
returning home


1813

pesky flea
caught in my hand
become a Buddha!


1813

dawn--
to Fuji! to Fuji!
fleas jumping off


1813

hut's fleas--
don't get gobbled
by the fat sparrow!


1813

hut's fleas--
when did you get
so pitifully thin?


1813

though late
I go to greet them...
hut's fleas


1813

the gate's hackberry tree
catches fleas
from people


1813

grassy meadow--
the flea jumps
to points unknown


1813

tired of walking
on my wrinkled arm
the flea jumps


1813

away for so long
but you're still here?
hut's fleas


1813

"Jump away, flea!
they're cutting grass for thatch..."
maiden flower


1813

fleas hopping off
to see...
Matsushima


1813

even flea bites
on the young
are pretty


1813

held in contempt
by fleas and flies...
today too ends


1813

bloated flea
are you walking it off?
up a tree


1813

waking up--
sending fleas jumping
to Sumida River


1813

a scrawny flea
so lively hops around...
mountain home


1813

a good day, eh?
fleas dancing
and hopping


1813

the silverfish scurry
away...
parents and children


1813

go ahead, make love!
make love!
summer cicadas


1813

cicadas chirr--
looking like an umbrella-hat
Lake Biwa


1813

cicadas chirr--
sticking to the sky
Mogami River


1813

cicadas chirr--
my hut, too, becoming
stone


1813

hush cicada!
Mr. Long-Beard
has arrived


1813

temple mountain--
buzzing into my sleeve
a cicada


1813

summer cicada--
even in his lovemaking break
singing!


1813

a life of running away
running away...
summer cicada


1813

mountain cicada--
singing, singing passes through
the big sitting room


1813

the snail-Buddha
curls up
to sleep


1813

snail on the straw mat
has written
"10"!


1813

why
such careful consideration
snail?


1813

my home village--
Buddha's face
on the snail


1813

in evening moonlight
going bare-chested...
snail


1813

to the east
of blooming bindweed...
post horse conch


1813

improving the world
moonflowers, blossoms
in bloom!


1813

soybean prayer beads
rustle...
a poppy blooms


1813

like a cow
the bee buzzes...
a peony


1813

looking like
my bed in the next life...
peonies


1813

looking pleased
sidelong glances
at the peony


1813

too fine even
for Heihachi Teahouse...
this peony


1813

alongside
the beggar's pillow...
lotus leaves float


1813

whose house?
wafting over lotuses
evening's tea-and-rice


1813

the toddlers
put them in sake cups...
lotus blossoms


1813

lotus pond--
with a stuck-up attitude
the beggar's hut


1813

pinks--
one is blooming
thanks to the dew


1813

before
the red dog's yawn...
irises


1813

seaside temple--
among the wood chips
irises


1813

shading the arrowheads
from the sun...
irises


1813

well, well
the day is foolishly long...
irises


1813

trembling
amid the grasses...
an iris blooms


1813

the heat shimmers
in full bloom...
ripened wheat


1813

made-to-order
for the morning glories...
this year's bamboo


1813

joyful!
the fence's little bamboo
at the peak of youth


1813

in heat shimmers
at their peak...
this year's bamboo


1813

"O great Japan!
O world!"
the rustling young bamboo


1813

well, moon
now you have young pines!
young bamboo!


1813

play, pigeons
in my young bamboo!
young bamboo!


1813

it's "young bamboo"
for one night only...
or two


1813

among the young bamboo
not a single one
flawless


1813

for the young bamboo
bold and fresh
green leaves


1813

young bamboo--
the blind dragonfly
carousing


1813

pretty--
the bitter bamboo shoots
swishing


1813

life in seclusion--
guarding the growing
bamboo shoots


1813

shoots of new bamboo--
not one of them
looks healthy


1813

dewdrops spill--
newbamboo shoots
one by one


1813

shallow river--
a dawn moon
melons cooling


1813

in leafy shade
curled up with a melon...
a kitten


1813

if someone comes
change into frogs!
cooling melons


1813

unaware of the thief's
eyes, melons
cooling in water


1813

just one's enough
for deep cool shade...
hackberry tree


1813

a long spring day--
Holy Binzuru and blossoms
of Sleeping Tree


1813

deutzia blossoms--
on the road to Fushimi
a dog


1813

does baby monkey
agree it's getting nippy?
a slight nod


1813

nippy weather--
the meaning of "parent"
sinks in


1813

nippy air--
my admirable evening
in Rygoku


1813

does the monkey understand
"morning cold"?
a little nod


1813

the more I look at
the house of reeds...
a cold night


1813

I rub, rub my ribs
still the night
is cold


1813

how it looks now--
a cold night
on a pillow of stone


1813

potatoes and such
twining 'round my hem...
a cold night


1813

uncle and nephew's
house a crazy mess...
a cold night


1813

now and then
even the fleas sobbing...
a cold night


1813

oh Goddess of Mercy
from this cold night
deliver me!


1813

all at once
hitting the core of me...
night's cold


1813

from the pigeon coop
a face pokes out...
a cold night


1813

lighting a lamp
helps just a bit...
a cold night


1813

night after night
the bug-eating bugs'
cold voices


1813

the off-beat drummer
seems to not feel...
night's cold


1813

bamboo in the window
stirs, night's cold
begins


1813

a mere trifle
for the horned owl on his post...
night's cold


1813

home sweet home
a crazy mess...
a cold night


1813

on Ryogoku Bridge
in both directions...
the cold night


1813

a rain cloud
hides the mountain...
a cold night


1813

now I watch
with careful attention...
autumn dusk


1813

since the day I knew
the word "Parent"...
autumn dusk


1813

my arms and legs
thin as nails...
autumn dusk


1813

the god of death
has passed me over...
autumn dusk


1813

at my hut too
the night turns long...
bottoms up!


1813

night at my hut--
this sinful oversleeping
weighs heavily!


1813

feeling afraid--
nights of so much sleep
are sinful!


1813

wooden clogs
clomp! clomp!
a long, weary night


1813

for you lice
is the night long?
is it lonely?


1813

long!
the night is long!
"Praise Amida..."


1813

a long night--
the devil in me
torments me


1813

"Praise Buddha!
Praise Buddha!"
it's a long night


1813

for you fleas
the night must be long...
and lonely?


1813

stray cat
all the long night is this your job?
yowling


1813

thippity thump!
the fleas this long night
in a fine mood


1813

practicing calligraphy
on my belly...
a long night


1813

from tomorrow on
it's a winter sky...
butterflies, dragonflies!


1813

do you also know
that autumn's ending?
the monkey nods


1813

even plume grass
waves farewell, farewell...
to autumn


1813

looking pretty
in a hole in the paper door...
Milky Way


1813

"Gimme that moon!"
cries the crying
child


1813

the sickle moon
all clouded over...
when I go out


1813

at dawn
the harvest moon...
just barely


1813

the whole night--
no harvest moon
at all


1813

when the harvest moon
appears I notice it...
plume grass cut


1813

harvest moon--
going out
going back in


1813

harvest moon--
in the seat of honor
a katydid chirrs


1813

harvest moon--
after yesterday's
big storm


1813

harvest moon--
in low seats in tall grass
where's everybody?


1813

harvest moon--
in bed I pray
for deliverance


1813

mountain village--
even in my soup
the harvest moon


1813

autumn rain--
in the same boat as people
mountain crow


1813

autumn rain--
I send an unwilling flea
flying


1813

my evicted fleas
have returned...
autumn rain


1813

in autumn wind
escaping on foot...
firefly


1813

in autumn wind
a long stay
in this world


1813

autumn wind--
trampling the grave tablet
a crow caws


1813

the autumn wind
"Not yet? Not yet?"
whispers to my pillow


1813

autumn wind--
a sudden shiver
of horror


1813

shrine maidens--
in Kyoto's sky too
autumn wind


1813

like everyone--
rice cake tub, autumn wind
sliver moon


1813

on my arms and legs
thin as nails...
the autumn wind


1813

blowing on Kumasaka's
great halberd...
autumn wind


1813

his destination
only the autumn wind...
little pilgrim


1813

millet and barnyard grass
taller than the house...
autumn gale


1813

at the dinner tray
dripping weeds...
an autumn gale


1813

a naked baby
and a crow raise a ruckus...
autumn gale


1813

in morning dew
a reaching-the-Pure-Land
lesson


1813

potato leaf--
a rice bowl's worth
of dew!


1813

a shiver
runs up my spine...
dew dripping down


1813

Echigo horse--
sweeping away the evening dew
in passing


1813

to become a dewdrop
I bow
in prayer...


1813

among dewdrops
the butterfly's mood
improves


1813

silver dewdrops
and my companion...
sharp shadows


1813

sucking up
all the dewdrops...
my thatched hut


1813

dewdrops scatter--
soon enough
there go I


1813

dewdrops scatter--
done with this crappy
world


1813

how many dewdrops
have crept inside?
earthen teapot


1813

on two-penny vegetables
the dew...
still not dry


1813

lighting a lamp
it's kind of interesting...
dewy grass


1813

the old wall's grass
trusting...
beads of dew


1813

staying in this world
too long...?
morning dew


1813

morning after morning
my tea tastes better...
falling fog


1813

even from my sleeves
fog rising...
mountain road


1813

the mountain fog
rushes through...
the sitting room


1813

maybe the wagtail
put it there...
lantern for the dead


1813

Tanabata stars
and Musashi Plain...
from my pillow


1813

even the eaves' thatch
chopsticks
of plume grass


1813

in twilight the big
sumo match drum...
Sumida River


1813

the morning glories
bloom so briefly...
scarecrow


1813

field by my hut--
no thank-you ceremony
for the scarecrow


1813

in the rain shower
with a runny nose...
scarecrow


1813

the hackberry tree looks
like a far-off mountain...
evening cloth-pounding


1813

my neighbor and I
have an understanding...
evening cloth-pounding


1813

imitating
the owl's hoots...
pounding cloth


1813

pigeons rising
to take a look...
yumiso dregs


1813

the young buck
craps in the bush clover
and moves on


1813

leasing his antler
to the cicada...
the young buck


1813

Kamakura--
for a quick evening meal
a snipe flies away


1813

a snipe flies--
ducks at the gate
raise a cheer


1813

a snipe flies--
the duck's silhouette
looks foolish


1813

remote village--
even from a horse's trough
a snipe flies up


1813

don't cry, geese--
everywhere, the same
floating world


1813

geese flying south--
the ducks at the gate
cheer them on


1813

the frog enters his hole
in the Future Buddha
he trusts


1813

little straw mat--
a green plant-like insect
singing


1813

stop again!
with your lantern stop!
a green insect


1813

autumn butterfly
on the scarecrow's sleeve
clinging


1813

glared at
by the dragonfly...
the Buddha


1813

the dragonfly
dips his butt...
Sumida River


1813

don't be lazy!
O dragonfly turned
so red


1813

scolding the cricket
in my sleep...
thatched hut


1813

the crickets raise
a ruckus...
another month ends


1813

inside the broom
I'm sweeping with...
a katydid


1813

you be good
and guard the house...
katydid


1813

up to today
such a healthy singer...
katydid


1813

the grain grinder
gives it a scolding...
katydid


1813

still no wife
his voice grows hoarse...
katydid


1813

on the bridge pile
smeared with mud...
katydid


1813

do you think my head's
grass?
katydid


1813

the emaciated grass
totters
into bloom


1813

it's the horseflies'
playground...
chrysanthemum


1813

chrysanthemum blooming
horse-dung mountain...
one scene


1813

evening fall--
wiping horse dung off his hand
with a chrysanthemum


1813

morning glories--
every morning the fleas'
hideout


1813

with one branch
it blocks the gate...
bush clover


1813

bush clover flowers
fall...
on a sleeping deer


1813

my home--
a field with not even one
bush clover shrub


1813

four or five inches tall
cock's combs in a row...
blushing red


1813

one by one
sprouting wildly...
cock's combs


1813

gracing the old wall
all in a row...
little cock's combs


1813

secluded house--
trusting in the Buddha
rice plants bloom


1813

old thicket--
a nook of rice
five or six feet tall


1813

more cutting than my hut's
old sword...
plume grass


1813

woods at the gate--
dying leaves the color
of persimmon paper


1813

doing its best
to just turn yellow...
hackberry tree


1813

persimmon tree--
the color of gold coins
its leaves


1813

persimmon leaves--
once they turn crimson
game over


1813

hitting the paper lantern
thump!
a cherry


1813

after great effort
picking the big chestnut...
a wormhole


1813

grassy meadow--
the helpful child gathers
one chestnut


1813

among the ungathered
chesnuts a beauty...
gigantic!


1813

worm-eaten--
the best chestnut!
the best!


1813

in mountain shade
rest without a care!
nut-less chestnut tree


1813

it's so pretty!
so pretty!
the poison mushroom


1813

looks so pretty--
the man-murdering
mushroom


1813

watch out, kids!
don't let those red mushrooms
cast a spell


1813

now and then
on the post of my hut...
gathering mushrooms


1813

coating
the red leaf...
the cold


1813

just for today
a custom-made cold snap...
Echigo mountains


1813

death-entangling
death-entangling...
winter cold


1813

in my thatched hut
even dreaming
the cold


1813

the festival ends
on a down note...
winter cold


1813

from tonight on
the world will be better...
cold temple bell


1813

dawn--
round as the moon
the tossed-out ice


1813

a bush warbler makes his rounds
eave to eave...
a spring day in winter


1813

today too
on a spring day in winter
a pheasant


1813

the gray starling
rushes his song...
a spring day in winter


1813

heron on a post--
how is your year
ending?


1813

end quickly!
this year, you've been
an evil one


1813

the owl's year
is running out...
atop the pole


1813

misty--
the year's last day
Kan-ei Temple


1813

wherever the wind blows--
on the year's last day
I sleep


1813

evening of the year's
last day...
flitting snow


1813

for our sake enduring
the winter rain...
stone Buddha


1813

winter rain--
I meet my hut's cat
at the door


1813

winter rain--
the night fisherman
with his mother


1813

thatched hut--
the chrysanthemum hit first
by winter rain


1813

spelling "Japan"
in the sand...
the winter rain


1813

taking aim
at the blooming cockscomb...
slanting winter rain


1813

the cotton bolls burst
in secret...
winter rain


1813

winter wind--
wearing a straw bag
on Mount Hakone


1813

rented house--
the village's best spot
for basking in the winter sun


1813

first snowfall--
like my worst enemy
damn you!


1813

the year's first snow
all trampled...
by the crows


1813

the first snow
makes fried rice balls...
of mountains


1813

first snowfall--
bordering the outhouse
Sumida River


1813

first snowfall--
in the tree's shade
a Shinto flute


1813

"First snowfall!"
and then, soon enough
three or four feet


1813

first snowfall
on irises in the eaves
softly, softly


1813

enough to make
a man a scholar...
falling snow


1813

looking delicious
the snow flitting softly
softly


1813

chop-chopping
a mountain of snow...
a man alone


1813

a big snow--
straight above me
the Milky Way


1813

deep snow--
on the signpost
a crow caws


1813

heavy snow--
from the dinner tray's edge
Echigo mountains


1813

geese and gulls
raise a ruckus...
"It's my snow!"


1813

by the light of the snow
under the window...
gambling


1813

Matsubara--
a pony in high spirits
as snow flits down


1813

falling snow--
yesterday it wasn't there
"Empty House" sign


1813

snow falling--
stowing the money scale
in a straw bag


1813

snowy night--
near the hut of reeds
Milky Way


1813

my village bell
heard maybe, deep
in the snow


1813

into the mouth singing
"Come, hailstones!"
a hailstone


1813

fall, hailstones!
with pillow on his head
a child


1813

falling on Kumasaka's
great halberd...
hailstones


1813

for blooming cockscomb
thirty whacks with a stick...
hailstones


1813

come! come!
counting hailstones
as they fall


1813

a serving tray for the bride
on the little straw mat...
hailstones


1813

hailstones--
look! there's one behind
Brother's ear


1813

the child hugs
her cloth monkey...
hailstorm


1813

hailstones falling--
the paper dog, too
going nuts!


1813

one falls smack
amid the marsh tits...
hailstones


1813

smacking the side
of Morito's face...
hailstone


1813

the big chrysanthemum
wears a straw hat...
falling sleet


1813

the gatekeeper sweeps
a pile with his foot...
sleet


1813

up to my doorway
so quickly the fields
have withered


1813

winter rain today
pouring down...
I wear a coat


1813

praise the coat!
praise the Old Man!
first winter rain


1813

at dawn by the plum tree
there's one too...
a monk beats his bowl


1813

Great Japan!
a bird recites a sutra
a monk beats a bowl


1813

admirable!
he beats the gourd
non-stop


1813

a snowball
for his begging gourd...
Jinnojô


1813

the gate's plum blossoms
rob me...
of winter prayers


1813

a cold, clear night--
a winter prayer for the plum tree
too


1813

from here to Suma
festive temples...
winter prayers


1813

temple's great gate--
a return visit
for winter prayers


1813

just one night
to squeeze them all in...
winter prayers


1813

oil bucket--
with an "Amen!" I open
my hearth


1813

preparing the hearth
at Kangakuin...
pigeons and sparrows


1813

cleaning my hearth--
the black kite's
judgmental face


1813

two sleep
at the edge of the hearth
their pillows


1813

daybreak--
Amida Buddha's soot
is swept


1813

my hut's soot--
I go through the motion
of sweeping it


1813

sparrows at the gate
beg for rice...
soot-sweeping


1813

the daffodil too
covered with soot
stands


1813

soot sweeping--
even the turtle by the pond
gets swiped


1813

sweeping soot--
off daffodil, plum blossom
camellia


1813

dumping soot in a thicket--
daffodils, plum blossoms
camellias


1813

soot and dust dumping--
I bow to plum blossoms
and camellias


1813

mountain village--
soot-covered plum blossoms
and camellias


1813

my hut--
I'll get to soot sweeping
by and by


1813

remote field--
hidden in trees, here too
Twelfth Month singers


1813

Twelfth Month singers--
don't kick that baby
behind you!


1813

the Twelfth Month singers
are female...
our Great Age!


1813

women also
are Twelfth Month singers...
our Great Age!


1813

my child's rice cakes
my child's rice cakes...
all in a row


1813

the next batch of rice cakes
is for the crow...
Saiho Temple


1813

on the rice cake tub
a bush warbler!
bush warbler!


1813

on the rice cake tub
the usual bush warbler...
again


1813

pounding rice cakes--
from the eaves a crow
sticks out his head


1813

my child can almost
carry them...
rice cakes for the neighbors


1813

to my home
he seemed to be coming...
neighbor with rice cakes


1813

in the shade
of the rice cake flower...
making baby laugh


1813

next in line
the cat...
gifts of new clothes


1813

whose child has dressed
the crossroads Buddha?
new clothes


1813

year's end fair--
a straw bag on her head
she passes


1813

lucky beans
lucky pickled plums...
yet no teeth


1813

after the demons
have all gone...
bright moon


1813

secluded house--
a toothless mouth cries
"Luck indoors!"


1813

driving demons
into the darkness...
laughing


1813

Takasago--
shouting away demons
a toothless one too


1813

trust, trust in Buddha!
you're a year older too
dog


1813

a year older
the dog and the crow...
headcount


1813

Great Japan!
to drive out devils
to Ise I go


1813

the same color
as his wicker fish traps...
his head


1813

wild geese honking
all night long...
wicker trap fisherman


1813

hanging his sake bottle
on the ivy...
wicker trap fisherman


1813

his shoulder aligned
with the sickle moon...
night fisherman


1813

a thousand mat room
of red leaves...
wicker trap fisherman


1813

two or three bundles
of firewood for the new year...
the grove's decorations


1813

seen in my sleep--
a firewood bundle ablaze
on New Year's Day


1813

to give the plum tree
some company...
sowing wheat


1813

sowing a fistful
of wheat...
temple nook


1813

sowing a fistful
of wheat...
sparrows at the gate


1813

returning home
southeast of Asakusa...
in a paper robe


1813

forty-nine grannies
heading to Shinano...
paper robes


1813

look behind!
carrying a chrysanthemum
wearing a paper robe


1813

doesn't she look
like the Kurazuka demon?
paper robe


1813

"Are these the outskirts
of Kyoto?"
woman in a paper robe


1813

winter rain--
come! come!
my paper robe


1813

"From this tree on
am I in Nara?"
woman in a paper robe


1813

well suited--
down the slope they go
in paper robes


1813

row of houses--
the people in paper robes
hard to count


1813

playing with the god's
sacred monkeys...
paper robe


1813

like in old China
to Yoshino they go...
paper robes


1813

a face pokes out
the winter quilt...
"Hey, vegetable man!"


1813

foolish cat--
yet he knows which futon
is his


1813

won't be long now
I'll hear the wild geese...
futon


1813

the man who left
slept in a ball...
futon


1813

tucking into my futon
just like Dharma
I sit


1813

tucking into my futon
tomorrow's straw sandals
by the pillow


1813

my eyes glaring, glaring--
just like Dharma
in my futon


1813

waking up
to a row of dolls...
my futon


1813

my last resort--
I borrow the cat's
futon


1813

at my dwelling
the lumped-together snow...
foothills


1813

dawn--
with snow I make
Lord Buddha


1813

he rolls thin snow
into a Buddha...
the child


1813

a sparrow chirping
in his lap...
snow Buddha


1813

also growing old
in you I trust...
Buddha of snow


1813

ashamed--
even a child has made
a snow Buddha


1813

first snow--
making a Buddha of you
is hard too


1813

the snow Buddha
likes the puppy
it seems


1813

grow old
at my gate, if you wish...
snow Buddha


1813

naughty child--
instead of his chores
a snow Buddha


1813

my snowball--
the horse
ate it


1813

to the beat
of the snowballs
he tumbles


1813

hurled, it lands
in my sleeve...
a snowball


1813

until the big chrysanthemum's
completely gobbled...
my winter seclusion


1813

he's called
the mum-gobbling bug...
winter seclusion


1813

in Great Japan
women do it too...
winter seclusion


1813

boars and bears
are my neighbors...
winter seclusion


1813

pears and persimmons
left for the crows...
winter seclusion


1813

in my winter seclusion
line of sight...
a little thicket


1813

winter seclusion--
some little pest nibbles
my chrysanthemum


1813

from here to China
resigned faces...
over braziers


1813

come, sparrows!
get warm at my brazier
I'm a great hero!


1813

throughout Japan
resigned faces...
over braziers


1813

in my previous life
good seeds were sown...
my cozy brazier!


1813

on a clear morning
the coal fire in a crackling
mood


1813

more than enough
for Priest Issa...
one bag of coal


1813

morning's charcoal fire--
the mountain's pine breeze
wafting by


1813

whether upright
or crooked it's the same...
charcoal fire


1813

charcoal boatman
from Tsukuba...
head to toe


1813

my pestle, too
for pounding charcoal
has grown old


1813

groping for it
to feed the fire...
coal dust


1813

for one person
it's more than enough...
gathered charcoal


1813

Fukagawa--
one measure of charcoal too
on the ferry


1813

good luck god
come live here, please!
morning's charcoal fire


1813

"O Fudaraku
where waves pound the shore..."
winter's first charcoal fire


1813

though crooked
it's quite a sight...
morning's charcoal fire


1813

in the waiting time
even the dog won't come...
morning's charcoal fire


1813

stuck
to the fish-skewer
a bag of charcoal


1813

just arrived
the old man stays close...
charcoal kiln


1813

the cherry tree
that made blossom clouds
becomes charcoal


1813

from the charcoal kiln
four or five stretch...
sunrays


1813

the charcoal kiln's smoke
puff by puff...
tranquility


1813

charcoal kiln--
the cherry tree becoming
evening smoke


1813

charcoal kiln--
the soon-to-be-cooked
mountain cherry tree


1813

a charcoal kiln smokes--
doesn't feel
like Twelfth Month


1813

look, children!
the old man's charcoal kiln
is smoking


1813

the world today!
even a woman slurps
pufferfish soup


1813

the horse peeks
over his shoulder...
pufferfish soup


1813

no pufferfish soup
for the lackey...
no view of Mount Fuji


1813

pufferfish soup--
turning my back
to Mount Hakone


1813

hey horned owl!
is the year's end
funny to you?


1813

morning after morning
the bush warbler's
singing lesson


1813

hey wren!
do you realize
it's the 30th?


1813

coming to count
my lap too...
the wren


1813

the reed-thatched house--
even on the pillow
a plover sings


1813

basking in the sun
with holy Jizo...
a plover sings


1813

counting the remains
of Kisa Lagoon...
a singing plover


1813

clutching a piece
of Kisa Lagoon...
a singing plover


1813

the outhouse too
in a famous site...
a plover sings


1813

I hear my father
and mother nagging...
plovers


1813

stop crying!
spring's on its way
foolish plover


1813

chopping dried mustard
another sound on Suma Beach...
singing plovers


1813

calmly opening
sleeping eyes a bit...
duckling


1813

today too
keeping perfectly quiet...
little duck


1813

what a pity--
getting used to beans
ducks and gulls


1813

sound of feet--
unfazed by passing people
sleeping waterfowl


1813

sleeping waterfowl--
you too
have Edo spirit


1813

Edo bridge--
unfazed by passing people
sleeping waterfowl


1813

at the far edge
of Great Japan...
waterfowl


1813

Great Japan!
on the country's outskirts, too
waterfowl


1813

so deferential
these waterfowl friends
in fellowship


1813

waterfowl--
long months and days
of silence


1813

waterfowl--
something unpleasant
has you in a huff


1813

are you mad
at the human goblins?
face of the pufferfish


1813

at Lake Hirosawa
catching a pufferfish...
Jinnojô


1813

the red ones
get torn off first...
autumn leaves


1813

just fallen
they posing as soil...
tree leaves


1813

leaves falling
without a sound...
it's cold already!


1813

leaves falling--
the lock on the shrine
is rusty


1813

on the butt of a servant
sprinkling water...
a leaf falls


1813

evening falls--
posing as soil
the fallen leaves


1813

trying to knock down
the "I'm out" sign...
falling leaves


1813

among fallen leaves
cool and aloof...
storehouse


1813

solitude--
under the fallen leaves
my ancestors


1813

killing frost--
behind the wall
Echigo mountains


1813

killing frost--
at Yoshiwara
a little stand of trees


1813

killing frost--
a tea ceremony
on the eaves


1813

in the meshes
of the net daffodils
in bloom


1813

since there's
a house there...
field of daffodils


1813

low-lying village--
at the outhouse, too
daffodils


1813

are you blooming well
daffodils?
at home in the hollow


1813

Japanese tit--
my home's daffodils
are off-limits!


1813

borrowing the umbrella-hat
daffodil, asleep...
little sparrow


1813

daffodils blooming
a lovely sight...
in the hollow


1813

a harbor
of blooming daffodils...
Tanjo Temple


1813

daffodils--
in Edo's Tatsumi
a gaunt priest


1813

daffodils--
and for good luck
a katydid!


1813

such daffodils--
that hermitage
can't be a man's


1813

daffodils
grow into the fence...
Sumida River


1813

daffodils--
I show Kazusa mountains
my back


1813

daffodils--
the old scarecrow
seems busy


1813

daffodils--
suddenly a flock of
fifty sparrows!


1813

daffodils--
committed to bloom
till month's end


1813

daffodils--
Sir Mongaku's voice
was a bell


1813

Sir Samurai
don't forget your umbrella!
daffodil


1813

next year
I'll become a daffodil
of Shinano


1813

playing hide-and-seek
in tea blossoms...
sparrows


1813

bit by bit
trying to blossom...
tea tree


1813

their faces say
"We're from Saga!"
loquat blossoms


1813

announcing
"We're from Saga!"
loquat blossoms


1813

the mountain road's
twisting, winding
heart


1814

hey little snow
it's New Year's Day!
New Year's Day!


1814

for them too
a New Year's feast...
pigeons, sparrows


1814

another year
just taking up space...
my life


1814

First Month--
on the crossroads Buddha
a red skullcap


1814

the brushwood fire's smoke
coaxes
spring's first dawn


1814

my spring
is lucky, lucky!
this morning's sky


1814

now a manly wind
blows...
spring island


1814

spring comes simply
with a pale blue
sky


1814

with that moon
and its halo...
spring has come


1814

hot bath steam--
it's become a moonlit
night of spring


1814

at evening
like washed-out ink...
the year's first sky


1814

a drab color
but it's the year's
first sky!


1814

facing fences--
just three feet wide
the year's first sky


1814

among the pines
just a piece of it but still...
the year's first sky!


1814

row of pines--
in patches between trees
the year's first sky


1814

praying the New Year's god
will heal my weak foot...
again


1814

it's tiny
at my farmhouse...
New Year's bonfire


1814

with a cheer
my hut's New Year's decorations
up in smoke


1814

foot of the mountain--
without a cheer
my New Year's bonfire


1814

this world of ours--
so fast the bonfires
burn out


1814

young grasses
young pine...
my New Year's decoration


1814

fresh straw for the garden!
a sparrow dances
a black kite wheels


1814

fresh straw for the garden--
about ten servants
at work


1814

a present, a present
a New Year's present!
her pink cheeks


1814

my hut--
all morning they come by
for New Year's gifts


1814

just looking at
my year's first water...
Sumida River


1814

Bancho Town--
after dinner flying
a kite


1814

the big kite
cuts a brave figure...
sunset


1814

chasing the kite's tail
'round and 'round...
puppy


1814

in mountain shade too
an Ichikawa kite
rises


1814

on one of Edo's
mountains of rubbish...
picking herbs


1814

the child on her back
points them out first...
New Year's herbs


1814

young folk--
even while picking my hut's herbs
they sing


1814

tree by the gate
the year's first bird song
a foolish crow


1814

"Well, spring has come!"
the year's first
crow


1814

an earthen pot
and an earthen puppy...
spring peace


1814

an offering placard
in the vegetable patch...
a long spring day


1814

in a thorn patch
some paper, to and fro...
a long spring day


1814

the word "of"
written on the wall...
getting dark later


1814

holding a spear
riding a horse...
a long spring day


1814

in a world
where birds should sing nonstop...
spring dusk


1814

a long spring
on a stretched out mountain...
ends today


1814

hey lice--
crawl after the departing
spring!


1814

a light snow
over fields, through woods...
pilgrims


1814

remembering
to fall again...
a light spring snow


1814

a village deep
in the willows deep
in spring snow


1814

potted plum tree
sparrows in bamboo...
spring rain


1814

hey Mr. Scarecrow
look over here!
spring rain


1814

like a proper guest
the dog falls in...
spring rain


1814

spring rain--
pure water for Gion
and Tofuku Temple


1814

spring rain--
an evening pilgrimage
on Mount Matchi


1814

spring rain--
even playing at
eating grass


1814

cheer up, owl!
the spring rain
is falling


1814

behind the thicket
an offering box...
spring rain


1814

for every thicket
every thicket...
spring rain


1814

hot bath steam--
spring rain beyond
the grasses


1814

the horse's paper decorations
feel it first...
spring breeze


1814

with the spring breeze
spring reaches Edo...
the willows!


1814

in the spring breeze
my second pipe's
smoke


1814

spring breeze--
the great courtier
poops in the field


1814

spring breeze--
little thicket, little festival
little pilgrim


1814

spring breeze--
on holy Jizo's lips
a grain of rice


1814

spring breeze--
packed with people
the mountain temple


1814

sticky rice cake
on holy Jizo's lap
the spring breeze


1814

silver water flowing
toward the garden...
spring moon


1814

on an earthen bridge
an offering of sake...
spring moon


1814

steam from my bath
and the moonlight...
springtime!


1814

from the roof's overhang
dripping, dripping...
hazy moon


1814

on the pole I stuck
in the garden...
hazy moon


1814

in the mist
crows are rejoicing...
nothing else


1814

misty evening--
out the back door too
Yoshiwara


1814

a custom-made mist
just for it...
hackberry tree


1814

gambling in the field
a sermon in the thicket...
one mist


1814

one soars
released from the mist...
hackberry tree


1814

snatching a sticky rice cake
in the mist...
crow


1814

even in the mist
my village
is a mess


1814

from the face
of the man yelling for me...
mist


1814

in heat shimmers
the cat snores
deeply


1814

heat shimmers--
off the verandah tumbles
the half-asleep cat


1814

the snow melting
now flows away...
Chikuma River


1814

without fanfare
the great snow has left...
mountain


1814

about ten cooking pots
upside-down...
snow is melting!


1814

the round patches
the square patches...
snow floats away!


1814

in the remote village
snow melting also
is not easy


1814

snow melting
the village brimming over...
with children!


1814

in my province
nothing blooming yet...
spring equinox


1814

across the wide plain
a migrating servant
in a palanquin


1814

migrating servant--
behind him blessings
of Mount Hiei


1814

every house on the street
celebrates the festival...
clay dolls


1814

today
even in the mountain hut
rice cake for a doll


1814

thatched hut--
on the doll's face dripping
rain


1814

a shelf of dolls
and pipe smoke...
one scene


1814

remote village--
they pound rice cakes
for their dolls


1814

oh sake cup
don't go floating away!
a sickle moon


1814

the chicken tries
walking on it first...
lid on the sunken hearth


1814

even while yawning
she keeps on singing...
picking tea


1814

Shigaraki--
even the high priest sings
a tea-picking song


1814

in the thicket
behind the house, silence...
no one picking tea


1814

make love, crows
while you can!
burning fields


1814

children and frogs
raise a cheer...
the field on fire


1814

following a cloud
he plows...
the mountain's hip


1814

mocking the farmer
plowing, the strutting
crow


1814

he plows his field
an arm's length away...
sea of grebes


1814

plowing the field--
a shower of mountain
cherry blossoms


1814

such yowling
don't turn to stone!
lover cat


1814

the lover cat
strangely on edge
wanders off


1814

plum trees are eyesores!
cherry trees have thorns!
cats in heat


1814

with a voice
like a temple bell...
the lover cat


1814

the lover cats
bluntly go
their separate ways


1814

the lone orphan sparrow
nice
and plump


1814

come! come here!
digest your food
baby sparrow


1814

temple visit--
don't choke on the pipe smoke
baby sparrow!


1814

baby sparrows
safely hidden...
holy Jizo's sleeve


1814

"Come to the bamboo!
Come to the plum tree!"
mother sparrow calls


1814

flock of sparrows--
and not one of them
a stepchild


1814

coming to play
with me...
orphan sparrow


1814

a red berry
in its beak posing...
bush warbler


1814

the bush warbler
drinks and bathes...
sewage canal


1814

in the bush warbler's
song, steam
from the Buddha's rice


1814

bush warbler--
only an off-the-cuff
song


1814

the bush warbler's
"I'm perfect" face...
Kyoto's mountain


1814

flitting about
the bush warbler makes a living...
a rural bird


1814

bush warbler--
just a run-of-the-mill
face


1814

bush warbler--
just a run-of-the-mill
voice


1814

a bush warbler--
plum trees in the countryside
should be blooming


1814

a bush warbler--
touring the countryside
should be fun


1814

the bush warbler
doesn't bow...
plum trees in bloom


1814

bush warblers--
country accents, too
in the morning sky


1814

a bush warbler wipes
his muddy feet...
plum blossoms


1814

hey bush warbler
sing! sing!
the town's far away


1814

sing! sing!
off-key bush warbler
at my window


1814

Yamazaki--
the bush warbler from the mountain, too
a third-class guest


1814

my friend's widow--
a bush warbler!
a bush warbler!


1814

dangling over
the fresh-planted tree...
a swallow


1814

wake up! wake up! my children--
swallows, pigeons
sparrows


1814

swallows--
these peach blossoms belong
to you


1814

flying swallows--
as if there's no turning back
for them


1814

not much of a flyer
my hut's
swallow!


1814

their cute butts suddenly
all in a row...
swallows


1814

before dinner
off to Kyoto and back...
swallows


1814

at my hut, first thing--
the healthy face
of a swallow


1814

people call it
"empty belly" hunger...
morning lark


1814

people scatter
like ants...
the lark sings


1814

over Musashi Plain
only one...
skylark


1814

from the gate sentinel's
flowerpot...
a skylark!


1814

the rear of the thicket
still dark...
a lark sings


1814

a late riser
he's slow to leave my window...
pheasant


1814

splish splash
across the shallow river...
a pheasant!


1814

laying out my big mat
I make a pheasant
cry


1814

from the bucket
on the big roof...
a pheasant


1814

on the rice cake tub
tail hanging
the pheasant cries


1814

go wake the pheasants
in the field!
crying pheasant


1814

"Blossoms are falling!
falling!" the pheasant's
night cry


1814

Sir Whiskers gets an earful--
on tiptoe
the pheasant cries


1814

as if it just spotted
a star
the pheasant cries


1814

in Holy Binzuru's lap
sound asleep...
a pheasant


1814

sticking their necks
into the temple hall
pheasants sing


1814

mountain pheasant
are you calling the wife?
scolding her?


1814

mountain pheasant--
is that your wife-calling
voice?


1814

how did the pine
of Karasaki look?
returning geese


1814

all in a huff
seeing my face...
migrant goose


1814

piddling on the mat
as he flees...
croaking frog


1814

in grassy shade
acting stuck-up...
a frog


1814

lording over
the scattering blossoms...
a frog


1814

in the vegetable patch
his wife hides...
croaking frog


1814

like he just now
spotted a star...
croaking frog


1814

for me all alone
his sober face...
a frog


1814

granny drying her hair
and a butterfly...
one straw mat


1814

the big rain
gushing down
little butterfly


1814

it bobs and weaves
for hide-and-seek...
little butterfly


1814

the buck's antlers
her playmate...
little butterfly


1814

butterflies flitting--
the river laughing
ha-ha-ha!


1814

a butterfly
stuck fast to Amida
Buddha's cheek


1814

crestfallen
by the scattering blossoms...
little butterfly


1814

flitting butterflies--
thirty three thousand
three hundred!


1814

my muddy foot
left to the butterfly
I sleep


1814

vegetables! plum blossoms!
butterfly dances
from one to another


1814

spring butterfly
at the big sake cup...
sip again!


1814

blooming
with butterflies
the dead tree


1814

to wheat field, to vegetable patch
the little butterfly
dances


1814

fleas thumping
and the gnawing, gnawing
silkworms


1814

they're off to play
in Yoshino...
my hut's bees


1814

in heat shimmers
his mouth clacks shut...
clam


1814

no telling which
are poisonous...
new grasses


1814

conquered
by the young grasses...
my hut


1814

new grass growing--
a masterful
leaf arrangement!


1814

lovely--
even the meadow grasses
hit their peak young


1814

on their way to becoming
herb cakes
grasses turn green! green!


1814

from the rice cake tub
from the basin...
violets


1814

rape seeds cast
pell-mell too...
have bloomed


1814

needle-like stems
of mustard have flowered!
flowered!


1814

buds in the thicket
that people missed
eaten by deer


1814

to the hand
playing a game of jacks...
a camellia


1814

I call dibs
on the red ones!
plum blossoms


1814

plum blossom scent--
a hazy memory
of my granny's house


1814

silence in the village
of nondrinkers...
plum blossoms


1814

facing
the beggar's window...
plum blossoms


1814

the valley's plum trees
in a flash deign
to bloom


1814

my home village--
a wrinkled old woman's
plum blossoms


1814

mountain village--
a stroke of rare luck
these plum blossoms!


1814

I'm the type
who'd rather have dumplings
than blossoms


1814

my sweetheart's hut--
lost amid blooming
blossoms


1814

no favorite
blossoming tree's shade
for me


1814

little thief--
from deep in the blossoms
he comes


1814

in scattering blossoms
sin and karma...
white hair


1814

in scattering blossoms
holding out his bowl...
holy man


1814

even blossom viewing
becomes a chore...
growing old


1814

mountain village--
a temporary toilet
in blossom shade


1814

like me they're
bad at dying...
blossoms at the gate


1814

something behind me
tingles my spine...
cherry blossoms!


1814

straw sandals for sale
dangle...
cherry blossoms


1814

in one of great Edo's
little nooks...
cherry blossoms


1814

the cherry blossoms
that stirred me, shade me
no more


1814

only this year
this year, blooming!
old cherry tree


1814

this corrupt world
plastered
with cherry blossoms


1814

cherry trees in bloom--
oh great Japan!
Japan!


1814

though less
than three feet tall...
cherry blossoms


1814

falling to my back
spread eagle...
cherry blossoms!


1814

leaning on the fence
it flowers...
cherry tree


1814

Mr. Long-Beard's
hoe stand...
blooming cherry tree


1814

hearing people's voices
they blush...
evening cherry blossoms


1814

leisure time--
in cherry blossom shade
picking fights


1814

the lost child
clutches them tightly...
cherry blossoms


1814

Mutsu province--
even in a haunted place
cherry blossoms


1814

I've caught
a peach, willow, cherry
tree cold!


1814

mountain cherry tree
with bark peeling...
in bloom


1814

mountain cherry blossoms
fall! fall!
enough to fill my belly


1814

lord of the mountain's
cherry blossoms...
stone Buddha


1814

evening falls--
even for a clumsy "Praise Buddha!"
cherry blossoms scatter


1814

the sleeping puppy
gnaws
on the willow


1814

willow at the gate
strokes his sour
face


1814

like peaceful Kannon
the man sleeps...
willow tree


1814

looking dejected
next to Mount Fuji...
willow tree


1814

while napping
swish-swish stroked
by the willow


1814

viewed between
the plowman's legs...
willow tree


1814

a willow droops
and also drooping...
Shimosa mountains


1814

Sixth Month parasols
all sky blue...
Higashi Mountains


1814

dawn comes quick
to their crowns...
Higashi Mountains


1814

"Dawn's coming quick!"
cries the town crier...
sparrow


1814

my nights of carousing
over so soon!
so soon!


1814

short summer night--
for seventeen years
one long sleep


1814

moving clouds--
step by step, so soon
the dawn


1814

hot day--
one pine for lumber
stands alone


1814

appreciating
the hot night...
sound asleep


1814

the teahouse lamp's
flame growing thinner...
heat abates


1814

the bagworm's
hot summer misery...
misery!


1814

one blade of grass
the cool wind
lives


1814

a water drop in grass
fresh-made...
cool wind


1814

the number one
best cool breeze...
outhouse


1814

the cool breeze
slips in slantwise...
my house


1814

cool air of Edo--
today, tomorrow
that's all


1814

cool air--
even digging in a field
hot steam


1814

old thicket--
the source of the cool
evening wind


1814

evening cool--
tossing water on the
horse's rump


1814

becoming demons
becoming Buddhas...
the midsummer clouds


1814

the grass cutter's
splish and splash...
June rain


1814

in June rain
splish-splash the strutting
crow


1814

on one boat
all the wildflowers!
June rain


1814

this cloudburst
a gift from Suma Village...
engulfing us


1814

the bamboo fence's
big cloudburst...
a boiled water taste


1814

all too often--
the cloudburst just
a spurt


1814

from the west
from the north
cloudbursts taking turns


1814

evening falls--
replacing
the cloudburst


1814

rainstorm--
the three-penny flower too
trembles


1814

rainstorm--
waking up alone
on a little pine island


1814

now the cloudburst
only a pitter
patter


1814

did you emerge
from the rice plants?
billowing clouds


1814

coming to grow our rice--
big clouds
little clouds


1814

one by one
they rise and form...
peaks of clouds


1814

cool air--
cloud mountain peaks
and hills


1814

"Look! that cloud
looks like Mount Fuji!"
the crow caws


1814

one breeze
reaches the cellar...
summer moon


1814

summer mountain--
a world
of flowerless vines


1814

summer mountain--
a flower even Buddha
would hate


1814

straw sandals for sale
hang in the pine...
pure water over moss


1814

the stingy farmer's rice field--
the first
to turn green


1814

three men
use it for a pillow...
green rice field


1814

lording over four
or five rice plants...
my house


1814

a good omen--
the green rice field's master
crawl outs


1814

firefly, are you planning
to sleep here?
bucket of summer flowers


1814

the little fence too
looks feminine...
plucked summer flowers


1814

cloud and fog
move aside! voices
descend Mount Fuji


1814

cool air--
just five feet tall
this Mount Fuji!


1814

because it's Mount Fuji
the heron's stride
is long


1814

though I can straddle
this Mount Fuji...
cool grass


1814

traveling crow
at Edo's purification...
how many years?


1814

hey frogs
why the grumbling?
evening purification


1814

about ten frogs
in a row...
shrine boats


1814

the first one through
is the swallow...
purification hoop


1814

the dragonfly, too
works late...
night fishing


1814

my nights of pleasure
are ancient history...
new summer robe


1814

the dandelion gives
a nod...
my new summer robe


1814

like everyone else
I change to summer garb...
linen robe


1814

row of houses--
sticklers for propriety
in their new summer robes


1814

even he loses
his world-weary expression...
new summer robe


1814

called a crybaby
she starts crying...
summer kimono


1814

western mountains--
in summer kimono
trusting in the gods


1814

feeling chilly
a butterbur leaf for a hat...
summer kimono


1814

arranged crookedly
on an old keg...
summer kimonos


1814

I put on
my summer kimono, so quickly
wrinkled


1814

perfectly black
the big priest's
parasol


1814

living in a storehouse
like a pond snail
in my mosquito net, alone


1814

the fifty year-old son-in-law
hides his head...
paper fan


1814

two hundred dinner trays
in a row...
fans fanning


1814

it crawls
to the sparrows' bed too...
smudge pot smoke


1814

airing out the bedding--
he's blown away, still singing
katydid


1814

it's time to go
time to go!
cool air at the gate


1814

she shaves a side of his head
while he nurses...
cool evening


1814

mother cools off--
the Buddhist temple's
festive sash


1814

in a remote village
they're used to poverty...
evening cool


1814

hidden in trees
praising Amida Buddha...
rice planter


1814

in the thicket
a sparrow also sowing...
millet


1814

over chilled water
they gossip...
a sickle moon


1814

drinking water bucket
at the gate, first
the sparrow bathes


1814

jumbled together--
mother deer and fawn's
sleeping faces


1814

partaking
of the cloudburst...
a fawn


1814

bats are flying--
let's go, then
to Ryogoku Bridge!


1814

remarkably peaceful
its face...
the molting bird


1814

mother bird molting--
her babies hide
when she calls


1814

molting birds--
which one is father?
mother? child?


1814

don't go, bird!
you'll grow pretty feathers
soon enough


1814

through the great red gate
no fear...
cuckoo


1814

to Edo, to Edo
off you go!
cuckoo


1814

the gate's tree too
in good health...
cuckoo


1814

in this rain
we ain't going anywhere...
cuckoo


1814

don't disdain
my worldly hut
cuckoo!


1814

don't bump your head
on that sickle moon!
cuckoo


1814

day before yesterday
yesterday, today...
mountain cuckoo


1814

on the lucky Eighth Day
of Fourth Month...
a mountain cuckoo


1814

"This way to hell,
pilgrim!"
mountain cuckoo


1814

when I'm dead
sing my requiem
mountain cuckoo!


1814

like warbling pure
haiku
mountain cuckoo


1814

"In the world of man
there are no blossoms!"
mountain cuckoo


1814

taking credit
for the cool breeze...
reed warbler


1814

is that next one
my pine island?
reed warbler


1814

the back yard suits
the reed warbler...
thatched hut


1814

at the market
with all his might
firefly flits


1814

the dog sparkling
with fireflies...
sound asleep


1814

sound of a horse
gobbling grass...
fireflies flitting


1814

come, firefly!
on one blade of grass
evening dew


1814

farmland--
though it's a horse calling
fireflies come


1814

dewdrops sprinkle--
don't run away
first firfly!


1814

flitting firefly--
are you counting
the eggshells?


1814

first firefly--
the sky over Kyoto
is smoggy!


1814

people's voices--
with all their might
the fireflies flit


1814

in the Old Quarter
without rhyme or reason...
fireflies


1814

go, firefly!
rush off when people
calls for you


1814

dawn--
where are you off to work today
mosquito?


1814

through a hole
in the mosquito swarm...
Kyoto


1814

mosquito swarm--
even you
have a narrow home


1814

without the column
of mosquitos...
a bit lonely


1814

driven from many houses
here they come...
mosquitos


1814

my hut--
only the column of mosquitos
isn't askew


1814

catching flies
with his mouth...
his only talent


1814

while swatting a fly
"All praise to Amida
Buddha!"


1814

I sing the praises
of my fly-catching
house cat!


1814

don't chase, don't chase
children!
that flea has kids


1814

though it's cramped
practice your jumping!
hut's fleas


1814

borrowing the crossroads temple
from fleas and mosquitos
I sleep


1814

borrowing my hut
from fleas and mosquitos
I sleep


1814

evening comes--
skinny kids and fleas
thrive


1814

the cicada chirrs
on the grazing horse's
cheek


1814

chirring of summer cicadas--
this world
is all theirs!


1814

first cicada--
on the horse's head
a quick song


1814

little snail
look! look!
at your shadow


1814

little snail--
for the red flower
not even a glance


1814

look! they've lined up!
little bean-sized
snails


1814

dayflowers--
even digging in a field
hot steam


1814

dayflowers--
a loincloth airing
on a post


1814

kept cool
by the moonflowers...
my pillow


1814

in the soup bowl
suddenly the moonflower's
glow


1814

a hundred lives--
moonflowers
under the trellis


1814

among moonflowers
their butts aligned...
they sleep


1814

moonflowers
hiding my poverty
have bloomed


1814

moonflowers--
for the festival guest too
a straw mat


1814

even the cat
who ate her kittens...
look! poppies


1814

unfolding to the rhythm
of washing feet...
lotus blossoms


1814

the cemetery guard
dries his loincloth...
lotus blossoms...


1814

move aside
cloud and fog!
lotuses are blooming


1814

move aside
butterflies and birds!
lotuses are blooming


1814

turning a cold shoulder
to the lotus pond...
outhouse


1814

the young buck's
mouth can't reach...
the iris


1814

swallows join in
the festival...
irises


1814

at my hut
an iris with the tiniest
blossoms


1814

the big horse's mouth
can't quite reach...
blooming irises


1814

the mist 'round here
in full bloom...
ripened wheat


1814

lording over
the black wheat ears...
village dragonflies


1814

ears of wheat--
with back-breaking effort
the little butterfly


1814

moss is blooming!
sparrows come
to hear me brag


1814

what a racket!
for bamboo and plume grass
the peak of youth


1814

greens! bamboo!
now enjoy their youth
at my hut's gate


1814

even the skinny bamboo
young and fresh!
charming!


1814

young bamboo
hiding the mountain...
Iruma River


1814

keeping bamboo shoots
company, blooming
red flower


1814

perfectly still
the new red leaves...
Buddhist temple


1814

at the crossroads guard's
window and paper door...
fresh leaves


1814

why are you like this
new red leaves?
so flimsy!


1814

lying down to nap--
on my belly
a fresh green leaf


1814

on the old fence
to no avail...
fresh leaves


1814

for three neighbors
across the way...
fresh green leaves


1814

even new leaves
are shady characters...
potted tree


1814

fresh leaves again
make it hateful...
hackberry tree


1814

home village--
my summer grove is small
but it's mine!


1814

the puckery persimmon tree's
reluctant
blossoms


1814

deutzia shrub--
among gods and beggars
it blooms


1814

deutzia blossoms--
a big festival
in beggar-town


1814

the deutzia blossoms
utterly drenched...
bright moon


1814

not knowing
autumn has begun...
a child Buddha!


1814

"First autumn morning!"
just saying it...
lonely


1814

are you aware
that autumn has dawned?
meadow butterfly


1814

the cause
of this nippy, nippy air...
the fence


1814

nippy air--
the usual punishment
strikes


1814

nippy air--
even holy Nyoirin
looks listless


1814

sleeping mat--
so nippy cold
I forget the lice


1814

mountain pears
going thump! thump!
a cold night


1814

only the nuts
of Kumasaka's pine remain...
a cold night


1814

shock to the system--
a cold night
a roof of thatch


1814

the monkey rides
his mother's back...
a cold night


1814

practicing calligraphy
on my belly...
a cold night


1814

by the way
he's swaddled you know...
night is cold


1814

another year closer
to sixty...
the cold night


1814

spoonbill, you walk
through that water
like it's chilly!


1814

cactuses--
a facelessly dull
autumn evening


1814

outdoor kabuki
in the autumn evening's
dead center


1814

writing with a finger
in the clear blue sky...
"autumn dusk"


1814

instead of morning glories
unfolding...
autumn dusk


1814

crabs jam themselves
into the reeds...
autumn dusk


1814

when heading to Edo
Edo, Edo!
autumn dusk


1814

the wolf too
peeks out his hole...
autumn dusk


1814

from the grasses, too
milk flowing!
autumn dusk


1814

with cedars for a roof
the piss bucket...
autumn dusk


1814

enchanting walk
among stacks of rice straw...
autumn dusk


1814

stretching my legs
toward Musashi Plain...
autumn dusk


1814

rain shower--
for granny's evergreen too
autumn dusk


1814

even for the mud turtle...
autumn ends
autumn ends


1814

flowing through the gate
to my little hut...
Milky Way


1814

my stars--
a gang of old men
in the Milky Way


1814

harvest moon--
Shinano mountains like
fried rice balls


1814

Mokubo Temple
covered in vomit...
tonight's moon


1814

grassy thicket--
with coins of gamblers
a harvest moon


1814

only half there
but still the harvest moon!
harvest moon!


1814

autumn wind--
are you crows having a festival
in that field?


1814

autumn wind--
it's big as a horse
this gourd!


1814

autumn wind--
sawing the teeth of a comb
a hermit


1814

autumn wind--
the loafer's blank
expression


1814

autumn wind--
the mountain's shadow
is trembling


1814

the autumn wind
twisting and turning
enters my gate


1814

blowing on
such a world of liars...
autumn wind


1814

with a big city
attitude...
the autumn wind


1814

will these old knees
journey on?
autumn wind


1814

the red sake cup
overflowing...
autumn gale


1814

in this world
unprayed-for autumn gales
surely blow


1814

in the morning glories
how many cups?
morning dew


1814

by your size you must
be a younger brother...
pearl of dew


1814

don't mope and moan!
tomorrow brings
tomorrow's dewdrops


1814

the silver dew
becoming round, this too
takes work!


1814

silver dewdrops--
beggar-town has festival
guests


1814

silver dewdrops--
with a bellyful of tea
crossing Mount Utsu


1814

simply trust! trust!
dewdrops spilling
down


1814

splashing dew--
the official stamp
of Great Japan


1814

dewdrops scatter--
today, too,
sowing hell seeds


1814

pearls of dew--
whichever way you tumble
is happy


1814

dew falls softly--
life so short
so short...


1814

even a thief
feels your sorrows...
evening dew


1814

drink! eat!
dewdrops splish-splash
splashing


1814

butterbur leaf--
about enough morning dew
for a rice cake tub


1814

thin smoke rises--
tomorrow's dewdrops
tomorrow


1814

not at all aware
that life's dewdrop
is fading...


1814

starved garden--
a fitting locale
for autumn dew


1814

evening and morning
it's all dewdrops...
this world


1814

a good world?
dewdrop
dribbling down


1814

to this world
dripping to be seen...
dew on grass


1814

thick-grown weeds--
among dewdrops a miller
singing


1814

a peaceful world
of eating and sleeping...
autumn dew


1814

lightning strikes!
I'm afraid
to die


1814

in the lightning
how he laughs...
Buddha!


1814

the lightning
powerless to strike it...
thatched hut


1814

lightning flash--
his absentminded
expression


1814

the morning mist
scarcely clears away...
mountain home


1814

from the great bronze
Buddha's nostrils...
morning fog


1814

pouring out
the hanging temple bell...
fog


1814

mountain fog--
the gargoyle demon
devours it


1814

the great god's
monkeys are playing...
autumn mountain


1814

the more night falls
the more autumnal
the mountain


1814

night after night
like pillows...
the autumn mountains


1814

the baby monkey
puts it to good use...
field of flowers


1814

at the ancestors' altar
a grandchild's laughter
offered up


1814

ancestors' altar--
in the seat of honor
a katydid chirrs


1814

"Marvelous Law" written in fire--
but a black spot
a crow


1814

do you celebrate
Tanabata too?
rustling mulberry leaves


1814

on Tanabata Night
hidden it blooms...
maiden flower


1814

Tanabata Night--
straight from the heavens
maiden flowers


1814

a flute stuck
in his loincloth...
Tanabata stars


1814

the treasured child's
wormy scribbles...
mulberry leaf


1814

up in the Heavens
the Bridegroom Star!
Bridegroom Star!


1814

O Bridegroom Star
look! piles
of blossoming rice


1814

the Bride Star
has funny manners...
tonight's rain


1814

a rogue firework
explodes too...
autumn festival


1814

in this world today
fireworks...
bigger and bigger!


1814

the sumo wrestler
has come from afar...
parents' grave


1814

not treading on the shadow
of the tomb's tree...
sumo wrestler


1814

seems like the owl
is laughing!
outdoor sumo match


1814

that gentle
moon-gazing face...
a scarecrow


1814

absent-minded
I'm the scarecrow's
replacement


1814

scarecrows standing--
three, four, five, six
houses for rent


1814

inspecting the red leaves
of Mount Tachida...
a scarecrow


1814

nowhere, nowhere
can a young scarecrow
be found


1814

take pity
on the flitting butterfly...
scarecrow


1814

at evening's bell
the fields are crowded...
with scarecrows!


1814

rain falls--
a night for pounding
the monk's rough clothes


1814

stirring the potato vine
from behind...
cloth-pounding


1814

night on Mount Uji--
wooden temple drums
and evening cloth-pounding


1814

the dog too
runs out to play...
pounding cloth


1814

in the tree by the gate
a widow crow...
evening cloth-pounding


1814

Tama River--
in the temple's cool evening
pounding cloth


1814

hush, pigeon!
now the monk's rough clothes
are pounded


1814

I offer it
to an earthenware Rikyu...
yumiso soup


1814

my feet for a pillow
and my hands...
the friendly deer


1814

calling for a wife
the deer is no
spring chicken


1814

if you were human
you could be about fifty...
mating deer


1814

voice of authority
on the imperial mountain...
a shrike


1814

shrike's call--
my hut
is crushed


1814

a shrike's voice--
did your bag of patience
break?


1814

shrike's call--
"Return to life
pine tree!"


1814

imitating
the barrier guard's voice...
shrike on a branch


1814

mountain ridge--
with a know-nothing face
a snipe flies away


1814

green insect
and brown insect...
a duet


1814

green insect, black insect
which will lose
the singing match?


1814

the cricket
"Cricky! Cricky!"
brags about his beard


1814

that thicket
is reserved for you...
katydid


1814

the katydid
wagging his beard
is singing


1814

running away
snatching a bite of melon...
katydid


1814

gambling in the field--
in the pot
a katydid!


1814

the sparrows
go about their business...
wildflowers


1814

never saying die
that little wildflower
blooms too


1814

big chrysanthemum
despite its undefeated
demeanor...


1814

off in a corner
last year's champion
chrysanthemum


1814

a prize-winning chrysanthemum!
the old man
weeps


1814

for the prize-winning
chrysanthemum, a gift
of rice cake


1814

a victory shout--
the old man's chrysanthemum
has won!


1814

trusting the dog
to guard the gate...
chrysanthemum


1814

the treasure house
gives it shade...
chrysanthemum


1814

just today
home-grown in Shinano...
chrysanthemum


1814

in life
there's no second place...
defeated chrysanthemum


1814

the smell of piss
wafting too...
chrysanthemums


1814

seven tumble down
eight rise up...
maiden flowers


1814

this bush clover
you can step over...
in bloom


1814

the young buck
borrows it for a nap...
blooming bush clover


1814

the kitten plays
hide-and-seek...
in bush clover


1814

a tabby cat too
spends a night...
blooming bush clover


1814

even the dog
becomes a beneficiary...
harvested rice


1814

a small child
chews on a pipe...
they harvest the rice


1814

a fringe
for the emperor's sleeve...
ears of rice


1814

beckoning the lightning bolt
to strike...
plume grass


1814

heads of the reeds--
in such a place
such a house!


1814

wind-blown reeds--
celestial maidens
miust dance like this


1814

some folks weave
and wear it...
cotton of the reeds


1814

sunset--
she calls for her child
in the blooming reeds


1814

smouldering still
among red leaves...
tobacco ashes


1814

shrine in a field--
wind can't scatter
the first cotton bolls


1814

adding its darkness
to the great darkness...
one leaf falls


1814

its leaves shed quickly
the paulownia tree looking
stuck-up


1814

just one leaf
hitting the paper lantern...
I'm awake now


1814

on the sleeping dog
gently, a hat...
a leaf


1814

clogging up
the lady-nun's garden...
berries


1814

like olden times--
cherries roasting in the evening
at Yoshino


1814

first winter month
tenth day...
a tea ceremony


1814

Twelfth Month
29th day
a tea ceremony


1814

returning the cactus
to the seat of honor...
winter solstice


1814

shrine maidens
clack and clomp...
winter solstice


1814

winter solstice in Japan--
plum trees
in bloom!


1814

a wild fox celebrates
among rice sheaves...
winter solstice


1814

my plum tree
looks no different...
winter solstice


1814

bitter cold--
the big morning glory
foolishly blooms


1814

backstreet--
on top of the cold weather
dog poop


1814

Ryogoku becomes
a swept garden...
winter cold


1814

unlike me, don't
let the cold defeat you!
vegetable garden


1814

on honorable Buddha's
honorable nose
an icicle


1814

"Come, spring!
Come, old man!"
the pigeon coos


1814

sifting the rice
and coins...
first winter rain


1814

a pile of firewood
a pile of rice bags...
first winter rain


1814

as of now
about ten winter storms...
mountain home


1814

the abbot's monkey
hauls potatoes...
steady winter rain


1814

big winter rain
or little winter rain...
sleeping is hard


1814

a scary sight
worse than a wolf!
winter rain leaking in


1814

reed mats, bamboo blinds
flap and clatter...
winter rain


1814

tucking in
the blind priest...
winter rain


1814

winter rain--
too many strings bend
the chrysanthemum


1814

forecasting the mountain
where it will die...
winter rain cloud


1814

when the lame chicken
ventures outside...
winter rain


1814

the clams' cremation smoke
rises...
evening's winter rain


1814

huddled in one house
travelers, horses...
winter rain


1814

Mokubo Temple
takes a pounding...
winter rain


1814

unaware of the snare
in the winter rain...
sparrow


1814

"If you're gonna blow
winter wind, then blow!'
Sumida River


1814

foolish crow
do you think this first snow
is my fault?


1814

the first snowfall
didn't happen...
my house


1814

first snowfall--
someone has entered
the outhouse


1814

first snow--
a Buddha-trusting priest's
morning voice


1814

the big chrysanthemum
wears a straw hat...
morning snow


1814

my world--
rice pounding echoes
over evening snow


1814

he's holding one
snowball...
the Buddha


1814

Holy Binzuru's
eyes glittering...
this morning's snow


1814

snow falls on the mountain
my ears
are ringing


1814

big blizzard--
at last with the high monk
come home?


1814

just now it fell--
"A hailstone!" cries the toddler
Over there!"


1814

no luck
for the woodpecker...
hail on the thicket


1814

pissing outside
while hailstones fall...
quite a feat!


1814

the preacher's
hand gestures too...
withered fields


1814

Dharma's Death-Day
in umbrella shade...
plum blossoms


1814

on Dharma's Death-Day
spouting gibberish...
a plover


1814

Dharma's Death-Day--
with a broom I draw
Mount Fuji


1814

Tenth Month--
winter rain offers itself
to his shrine


1814

red bean gruel--
even on the Patriarch's Death-Day
snow falling


1814

this day--
even stirring gruel
is a prayer!


1814

even pigeons
line up for their share...
Patriarch's gruel


1814

great Patriarch--
even unbelievers
get his gruel


1814

if you sleep and wait
will good luck come?
squeaking mouse


1814

don't wake up
the bush warbler!
a monk beating his bowl


1814

Buddha's Enlightenment Day--
for me the same
skin and bones


1814

performing winter
voice drills, bush warbler?
from morning on


1814

winter voice drills--
he looks like he swallowed
Mount Fuji!


1814

a head count
for unsealing tea...
Mount Kenashi


1814

a good rain--
today's the day to unseal
the new tea


1814

with a pryaer
to Merciful Kannon...
preparing my hearth


1814

preparing my hearth--
wind from mountain pines
blows through


1814

preparing my hearth
and as usual...
first winter rain


1814

secluded house--
for the dog and all humans
soot sweeping


1814

the soot sweeping
riles him up...
hut's dog


1814

ah well
her face looks sixty...
Twelfth Month singer


1814

my hut's rice field
at long last
becomes rice cakes!


1814

chickens
trampling the rice cakes
as they go


1814

pounding rice cakes
in the tub something extra...
plum blossoms


1814

pounding rice cakes
among the pines
Sumiyoshi Shrine


1814

in thicket shade
an old man pounds rice cakes
alone


1814

for Asakusa's chickens, too
a end-of-year gift...
scattering rice


1814

ginning cotton--
the trembling silhouette
of the cat


1814

rejoice, lice!
the wandering monk's
first padded robe


1814

at Basho's grave
beginning with a prayer...
first padded robe


1814

as Mount Matchi's
evening grows dark...
winter skullcaps


1814

soon enough
the deer will eat it...
paper quilt


1814

hey sparrows
no pissing on my old
winter quilt!


1814

the owl gives
a good hard look...
winter quilt


1814

grains of rice
pecked by a helpful bird...
my futon


1814

my province--
the children also make
snow Buddhas


1814

blocked with her
samisen's plectrum...
snowball


1814

wiping his charcoal-dusted
hands on a post...
the old man


1814

charcoal kiln--
a glimpse of a village
through the smoke


1814

granny muttering
complaints...
smoldering fire


1814

nagging words
over a wood fire...
countless


1814

countless nagging
words over a fire...
five cups of sake


1814

in the red bowl
a whorling dragon!
buckwheat noodles


1814

sitting cross-legged
a monkey joins too...
pufferfish soup


1814

slurping pufferfish soup--
behind me
Cape Izu


1814

even the painted devil
won't look...little bird warming
the hawk's nest


1814

crow at the gate
all night used by the hawk...
nest warmer


1814

two nest-warming birds
conversing
about something


1814

in the plum tree
are you praying hard
wren?


1814

smoke from brushwood
is rising...
play little wrens!


1814

pooping in the field--
avert your eyes
little wren!


1814

imitating the sleep talk
in the hut...
a plover sings


1814

a flock of plovers
gangs up on the dog
passing through


1814

from Mokubo Temple's
outhouse too...
a plover


1814

Fukagawa--
asleep in red leaves
a duckling


1814

hey waterfowl--
will you lie sleeping
till tomorrow?


1814

waterfowl
have posted guards...
awake, asleep


1814

a good windbreak
for the waterfowl...
Mount Tsukuba


1814

waterfowl--
in today's floating world
half-asleep


1814

a merry night--
pufferfish from Awa
and Kazusa


1814

is this house
pufferfish Pure Land?
Sumida River


1814

the face the pufferfish
shows its hosts...
foolish-looking


1814

one day you'll see
Matsushima...
pufferfish's blessing


1814

the more you look at it
the more sour the face...
pufferfish


1814

dressed in red leaves
he enters Kyoto...
pufferfish


1814

wrapped in straw
doubtlessly...
a pufferfish


1814

float, sea slug--
Buddha's law permeates
this world!


1814

not a devil
not a saint...
just a sea slug


1814

gliding dimly
in Akashi Bay...
a sea slug


1814

the radish picker
with a radish...
points the way


1814

house for sale--
except for one tree
a winter grove


1814

touch them
your hand shrivels too...
winter trees


1814

leaves with words
are falling too...
Mount Minobu


1814

any grass serves
as the dog's toilet...
red leaves falling


1814

for big goblins
and little ones...
winter withering


1814

winter withering--
on a pile of rice bags
the crow caws


1814

in winter's withering
all five hundred, sing!
mountain crows


1814

stand of trees--
my head too
withered and bare


1814

killing frost--
for this too
Jizo takes credit


1814

charcoal kiln--
a branch blooming out-of-season
pitched in


1814

plum tree in winter--
blossoms
are born


1814

winter plum tree--
after a quick dusting off
it blooms


1814

rain pours down--
Iriya's winter plum trees
give thanks


1814

a festival for my
earthenware Rikyu...
loquat blossoms


1814

munching, munching
on the red flower...
a crow


1815

even you, wolf
go out dressed in a robe...
Year of the Dog


1815

New Year's god--
once again I rely
on your help


1815

Mankind's Day--
from the main temple
the steam of bodies


1815

the sacred kite
grabbed by the hackberry tree...
a bold one!


1815

my torn kite--
move aside! move aside!
they say


1815

runaway kite!
the dog also eyes it
restlessly


1815

imitating his master
the dog watching
the kite


1815

wastepaper kite--
after a quick dusting off
rising to the sky


1815

no one calls it
"seven herbs"...
house in the trees


1815

the night watchman's
goose stares and stares...
a long spring day


1815

the blank stare
of a cactus...
a long spring day


1815

among the chickens
a bitter feud...
a long spring day


1815

the day is long
the day is so long!
tears


1815

picking veggies
with a paper lantern...
spring rain


1815

the thatched roof
not quite tight enough...
spring rain


1815

a heavy downpour--
Shinran's pine
in spring rain


1815

spring rain--
gone vegetable-picking
with a little lantern


1815

spring breeze--
a fresh-made moon
over the mountain


1815

spring breeze--
even digging in a field
oils gushes


1815

from the mist
stinging insects
emerge


1815

today too
spent stuffing my face...
spring mist


1815

earthen bridge--
I stand pissing
in morning mist


1815

planting vegetables
living in mist...
little house


1815

in heat shimmers
paper fan spread wide
he sleeps


1815

in heat shimmers
"Give back my child!"
a sparrow sings


1815

heat shimmers--
at the fox's hole
red beans and rice


1815

heat shimmers--
in the threshold crushing
hair lice


1815

a cat in heat shimmers
also follows
the God of Wandering


1815

heat shimmers--
even horse dung
becomes money


1815

little straw mat--
coins, offered branches
heat shimmers


1815

morning and night
bullied about...
leftover snow


1815

the last snow pile--
even the sparrows
make fun of it


1815

such is life--
the gate's snow is forced
to melt


1815

my hut--
the poverty-hiding snow
melts away


1815

my gate--
the neighborhood's
snow dump


1815

my snow too
entrusted to join
Chikuma River


1815

Buddha's Death-Day--
gently blowing pinks
and maiden flowers


1815

the face of Buddha
on his Death-Day
watching the coins


1815

spring blossoms--
even in a farmhouse
Amida Buddha on display


1815

on the candy stand too
decked with flowers...
Kukai's image


1815

konjac jelly
is prayed to too...
Kukai's image


1815

Kukai's image on display--
even the thief cat
in blossom shade


1815

migrating servants
from Echigo singing...
a little village


1815

ah well
his face looks sixty...
laid-off servant


1815

one migrating servant
rides a palanquin...
Kyoto


1815

laid-off servant
at the market...
fifty-year-old face


1815

what do you think
of my leaking roof?
Doll Festival dolls


1815

closing her eyes
to the scattering blossoms...
the doll


1815

clay dolls too
are gathering today...
festival


1815

my world--
those herbs over yonder
become my cake


1815

herb cakes--
inside the mixing tub
a croaking frog


1815

in a pine tree
umbrella-hats in a row...
low tide


1815

the child on her back
beats time with a flower...
tea-picking song


1815

grumbling his praise
to Amida Buddha...
tea picker


1815

Great Japan!
a woman, also
digs with a plow


1815

the love-crazed cat
listens
to my scolding


1815

love-struck cat--
down into Wolf Valley
he goes


1815

they stop sniffing
and go their separate ways...
lover cats


1815

love-smitten
my cat becomes
the neighbor's pet


1815

because of love
they call him
"thieving cat!"


1815

a grain of rice
stuck to his nose...
lover cat


1815

while at my window
a yowl...
the lover cat


1815

living in harmony
how many generations?
sparrows in the eaves


1815

at my humble hut
he begs for a present
a baby sparrow


1815

my humble hut--
with baby sparrows
underfoot


1815

baby sparrow
so quickly you've learned
to eat and run


1815

in the hand
tossing coins, baby sparrow
starts cheeping


1815

chirping for the rice
on my cheek...
baby sparrow


1815

behind the house--
this bush warbler
these cherry blossoms


1815

bush warbler--
his rain-drenched
morning voice


1815

bush warbler--
this voice for this
mountain home


1815

bush warbler--
not deserting this house
without blossoms


1815

bush warbler--
how many hundreds of songs
before you eat?


1815

keeping a steady eye
on the quarrel...
the swallow


1815

no definite place
to spend the night...
evening swallow


1815

Kyoto, Kyoto!
on Kyoto's Fifth Avenue...
swallows


1815

swallows watch the people
come and go...
deep wooded mountains


1815

hey swallows!
for my thin, rising smoke
congratulate me first


1815

a good world! good world!
country swallows
and town swallows


1815

from great hell
and from little hell--
skylarks


1815

sticking to the thicket
where she left her children...
skylark


1815

in the hell painting
perched on a fence...
a lark sings


1815

gamblers in the field
scatter below...
a lark sings


1815

disappearing
into morning haze...
geese taking off


1815

rice field geese
if you stay too long
danger! danger!


1815

behind the fisherman's neck
departing
geese


1815

wherever you like
lead me along...
departing geese


1815

our praising Buddha
is a nuisance! the geese
depart


1815

safe in holy
Jizo's hand, squats
a frog


1815

hitching a ride
on Mr. Turtle...
a croaking frog


1815

raising a cheer
for the torches...
croaking frogs


1815

bathing in the fallen
plum blossoms...
a croaking frog


1815

sitting in a row
peace on earth...
frogs


1815

squatting like he's vomiting
a man!
croaking frog


1815

celebratory smoke
rising, the croaking
frogs


1815

the dog and the butterfly
not strangers
at all


1815

on the way to bed
the butterfly visits
the mouse's rice


1815

crossing the hanging bridge
on foot...
butterfly


1815

playing with
the rambunctious dog...
little butterfly


1815

"Follow me to Zenkô Temple!"
a butterfly
flits


1815

borrowing an antler
the little butterfly
rests


1815

a butterfly flits--
even in grassy shade
a hot bath's ready


1815

the flute player
is the village headman!
butterflies dance


1815

for your dancing fee
I let fly this piece of paper...
meadow butterfly


1815

in a thicket, too
around the Buddha...
butterflies dance


1815

you too
are viewing the blossoms...
lice!


1815

a skinny louse
born into the realm
of blossoms


1815

the trout too
hit their peak young...
Yoshino River


1815

a lot of fleeing
a lot of playing...
little trout


1815

seizing
the flowering mustard...
mouse on tiptoe


1815

on the flowering mustard
plop! sits
the frog


1815

flowering mustard--
the sparrows play
with a mouse


1815

on flowering mustard
sitting so lightly...
a mouse


1815

my hut--
atop the stems
of flowering mustard


1815

lying on her back
sucking on the dangling
wisteria


1815

land of vegetables--
a teahouse with blooming
wisteria


1815

creeping through
wisteria trellises...
Oji Highway


1815

from a wisteria trellis
nook I see...
great Edo


1815

wisteria blossoms
"Praise Ah... Ah...!"
they rustle


1815

the plum tree at my gate
though reluctantly
has bloomed!


1815

among red plum blossoms
drying from its bath
a cat


1815

the moon shines
before the dinner tray...
plum blossoms


1815

peacefully
the plum blossoms spread...
countryside


1815

even my plum tree
in its own sweet time
has bloomed!


1815

the wolf that followed me
howls...
clouds of blossoms


1815

day after day
more and more poop...
blossoming mountain


1815

cherry blossoms--
even for a poor "Praise Buddha!"
a shower of coins


1815

cherry blossoms--
since the day
Amida became Buddha


1815

scattering blossoms--
money is collected
Buddha on display


1815

even popeyed Emma
hell's judge, gawks...
cherry blossoms!


1815

parents stick them
in their umbrella-hats...
cherry blossoms


1815

my gate's cherry tree
flits and flutters...
hole in the fence


1815

relishing the falling
cherry blossoms...
a puppy


1815

from Japan's
front door on...
cherry blossoms!


1815

a hot bath
a prayer
then cherry blossoms!


1815

Yoshino Hill--
not a single cherry blossom
with a flaw


1815

vacant temple--
cherry trees blooming
industriously


1815

becoming snakes
practicing their wriggle...
branches of willow


1815

he'll soon find out--
he who says
"Nights are short!"


1815

the short summer night
filled with courtiers...
mountain


1815

"What a short summer night!"
the hackberry tree
scolds


1815

short summer night--
the vassal
wins the lottery


1815

short summer night--
under a tree, on a stone
priests


1815

fear not!
if you sleep in the field
night is short


1815

scowling
at the hot night...
gargoyle


1815

answering prayers
for the rice shoots...
summer heat


1815

a pigeon pacing
at the edge of bamboo...
the heat


1815

a butterbur leaf
pops open a hole...
the heat


1815

cool breeze--
he yawns in the hot
healing bath


1815

the cool breeze
meandering
arrives


1815

the cool breeze
through my neighbor's pine
just a remnant


1815

cool breeze--
on the cloud's outskirts
a little village


1815

the so-called
"cool evenings" of summer...
soon to be over


1815

cool air--
even in my soup
Mount Fuji!


1815

cool air--
the shaved forelock falls
into an umbrella-hat


1815

cool air--
for the great lord's
gatekeeper


1815

cool air--
bath steam and rice field
stirring


1815

this cool air comes
from Amida Buddha's
direction!


1815

evening cool--
visiting Ueno Hill
wears me out


1815

June rain--
to Akashi seacoast
by way of Yashima


1815

cooking rice
in lotus leaves...
June rain


1815

swift-footed it flees--
cloudburst!
cloudburst!


1815

soup bucket--
the summer cloudburst
has passed


1815

watching the downpour
from under a temple
bell


1815

the cloudburst
scrubs it clean...
the old house


1815

the cloudburst
and Lord Kaga
splishing, splashing!


1815

one after another
insatiable cloudbursts...
our world today


1815

even the cloudburst
shows the facing mountain
favoritism


1815

rainstorm--
two drops in the rice cake tub
three in the winnowing basket


1815

my lovemaking--
Mount Tsukuba's clouds
bursting!


1815

green hedge--
a frog cheers
the billowing clouds


1815

today again
they're putting on a show...
billowing clouds


1815

billowing clouds--
toward the big drums
bring your rain


1815

like little dots
little billows in a row...
little clouds


1815

toward my line of sight
standing in a row...
cloud billows


1815

wind on the greenery--
a row of shrubs
for sale


1815

arms and legs spread wide
straddling
pure water


1815

from the shade
of the poison plant...
pure water


1815

my home village--
from my walking stick's hole
pure water gushes


1815

your rice field
my rice field
the same green


1815

the baby sparrow
splish-splash bathes...
in Buddha's tea


1815

on a little shrine
rustling with the azaleas...
rice dumplings


1815

medicine
for the bush warbler's voice?
this morning's rain


1815

in my new summer robe
tucked in the sleeve...
tofu


1815

even a bathhouse boy
poses like a saint...
new summer robe


1815

growing weary
of the diet...
my new summer robe


1815

growing old--
even a dog won't sniff
my summer kimono


1815

summer kimono--
a present for my bride
in Shinano


1815

summer kimono--
the rain kindly
washes it


1815

tomorrow's wind
blows tomorrow...
in my mosquito net, alone


1815

Osaka--
on the back of an ox
a siesta


1815

in the darkness
swishing, swishing...
paper fan


1815

softly snoring--
the cat curled up
on the fan


1815

after getting it
it's dropped so soon...
paper fan


1815

at my hut
with tobacco, smoking out
the mosquitos


1815

airing out the bedding
and
the cat


1815

the fish in the tub
won't know tomorrow...
evening cool


1815

the fish
unaware of the bucket...
a cool evening


1815

saying my apology
to the sacred tree...
a cool breeze


1815

on the ground
we stick and sit...
evening cool


1815

a wifeless man
makes his plants bloom...
evening cool


1815

a farting contest
under the moonflower trellis...
cool air


1815

with a kitchen knife
choosing eels...
a cool evening


1815

massaging my back
with the pine tree's gnarl...
evening cool


1815

evening cool--
with my feet counting
Echigo mountains


1815

scowling
at the cool night...
gargoyle


1815

my rice field too
song by song
is planted


1815

rice-planting song--
let everyone's anger
be cured!


1815

in the thicket shade
all alone...
rice-planting song


1815

the next crop
of barnyard grass...
just as healthy


1815

move aside too
horseflies and flies!
ice delivery


1815

stenciled onto
the ice he hands down...
wrinkled hands


1815

holding a parasol
over blocks of snow...
a samurai


1815

for eight pennies
the whole family celebrates...
summer ice!


1815

a private celebration
but first a nap...
ice delivery


1815

early rising
is medicine, they say!
cuckoo


1815

also behind me
returning from Nikko Shrine...
a cuckoo


1815

entering Edo
without fear or qualm...
cuckoo!


1815

scolded by old Sokan
never again...
cuckoo


1815

taking credit
for glorious Nikko...
cuckoo


1815

how was the festival
up at Nikko...
cuckoo?


1815

from the tip
of Hitomaro's brush...
a cuckoo


1815

"That's a poor excuse
for rain!"
sings the cuckoo


1815

a butterbur leaf
on his head, listen:
"Cuckoo!"


1815

the cuckoo hurls threats
at the horse
passing by


1815

night work
on countless islands...
cuckoos


1815

lighting my pipe
with a candle...
"Cuckoo!"


1815

Kakizaki--
with a stammering song
the mountain cuckoo


1815

the mountain cuckoo sings
at Mr. Toad's
funeral


1815

down in the shadows
lurks the ants' hell...
mountain cuckoo


1815

the house's former tenant
kindly left...
the mountain cuckoo!


1815

help yourself to the lice
in my thatched hut!
mountain cuckoo


1815

are you standing guard
like O-Take Buddha?
mountain cuckoo


1815

deigning to guard
my house...
the mountain cuckoo


1815

swarming 'round
the boat-hauler's legs...
fireflies


1815

sprinkled on
the raftsman's rice...
fireflies


1815

my child strikes
a sulky pose
calling fireflies


1815

sweeping them off
the cow's back...
fireflies


1815

the puppy comes out
and calls them too...
fireflies


1815

my firefly guest
do you disdain
my hut?


1815

get ready to see
my piss waterfall...
come, firefly!


1815

forced to flit
past swallow nest poop...
firefly


1815

tripping
on the wrinkles of my hand...
firefly


1815

out! fireflies
I'm locking up...
out! fireflies


1815

the first firefly
to Buddha's lap
has fled


1815

taking a shortcut
across my chest...
firefly


1815

in an old bucket
rice plants rustle
fireflies flit


1815

firefly's light--
flitting through my hut
forms a cross


1815

guiding the way
to firefly-viewing...
the hut's dog


1815

a firefly flits
to peek behind her...
Goddess Kannon


1815

my home
a bit too cramped...
a firefly flits away


1815

my home--
after surveying its flaws
a firefly flits away


1815

mosquito larvae too
keep the sutra's
rhythm


1815

toward the fist
holding the prayer gong...
whining mosquitos


1815

even the little child
has flies
to swat


1815

Tanigumi Temple--
even flies
come to make offerings


1815

swatting a fly
on Buddha's holy
head


1815

temple of flies--
they pray too for the god
to come down


1815

hanging up
fly-repelling grasses...
where this time?


1815

all over my rice
don't be crude!
imperial flies


1815

while I'm away
enjoy your lovemaking
hut's flies


1815

after plastering
the gate with fleas
the dog runs off


1815

the kitten rubs
her fleas
on the hackberry tree


1815

from the pale red flower
a cicada
is born!


1815

mute cicada--
he, too, perfectly
at peace


1815

little monk--
deep in his sleeve
singing, a cicada


1815

drenched
by a rain shower
the cicada's voice


1815

Sumiyoshi--
growing up together
the cicadas sing


1815

cool breeze--
growing up together
the cicadas sing


1815

cicadas singing
it's a contagious
disease


1815

a cicada chirrs--
in the soon-to-be cut
pine tree


1815

cicadas chirr--
cocoons are drying up
drying up


1815

a cicada chirrs--
then flies in a flash
up my sleeve


1815

first cicada
are you singing for him?
Buddha's temple


1815

cicada in the pine
listening to the sutra
is born


1815

a face
like everyone else's...
the snail


1815

the brushwood door's
substitute lock...
a snail


1815

does the cloudburst
delight you...
snail?


1815

while praising the cool breeze
leeches
dropped


1815

speaking
this day's deepest thoughts...
poppies


1815

without fanfare
hollyhocks quietly
bloom


1815

this world
bristles with thorns...
yet lotuses bloom


1815

leftover rice plants--
even the horse
won't gobble them


1815

leftover rice plants--
even the horse
won't trample them


1815

over me
soon enough you'll bloom
moss blossoms


1815

in this world's wind
they thin out quick...
bamboo shoots


1815

one by one
the tall bamboo shoots
bending


1815

bamboo shoots--
big brothers, little brothers
swish, swish!


1815

blind luck--
bamboo shoots sprout
where they sprout


1815

my hut--
a creek serves
as my melon cooler


1815

the temple guard
sells tea cakes...
grove of summer trees


1815

even on the grafted willow
so quick!
thick summer grasses


1815

no lazing by the gate
they husk wheat...
deep tree shade


1815

the temple guard
sells tea cakes...
deep tree shade


1815

first, a deutzia blossom
for his hair...
temple actor


1815

in deutzia blossoms
a hatchling peeks out...
mountain


1815

autumn growing cold--
deep deep
deeeep cold!


1815

feeling for the stone bridge
with my feet...
a cold night


1815

for floating world
and sky a cold night...
rushing clouds


1815

from Mr. Wolf
to Mr. Watchman...
night's cold


1815

must be time
to discard the old...
a cold night


1815

I'm forced to play
the flute...
a cold night


1815

by the next room's lamplight
eating my rice...
a cold night


1815

old habit--
the cold nights of Kiso
on my knees


1815

absentmindedly
standing in the cold night...
high priest


1815

my knees
this cold night in the mountains
feel older


1815

a flute plays--
suddenly night's coldness
begins


1815

feeling for parched beans
with my feet...
a cold night


1815

those who call me "starling"
raise a ruckus...
a cold night


1815

for vain mankind
it's carousing-time...
a cold night


1815

walking off
a bellyful of rice cakes...
a cold night


1815

my hut--
moving from back to front
night's coldness


1815

the little monkey
chews on a pipe...
autumn dusk


1815

sleeping mat--
blowing pipe smoke
at the Milky Way


1815

consider this rubbish heap
a mountain...
autumn moon


1815

scolding
vain man...
the autumn moon


1815

hole in the wall--
my harvest moon
comes in


1815

harvest moon--
you also seek first
Buddha's peace


1815

harvest moon
and looking west
Zenkô Temple!


1815

harvest moon--
even islands without pines
add to the head count


1815

broken wall--
my harvest moon's
grand entrance


1815

though autumn wind blows--
lazy
as a slug


1815

autumn wind
racing like hell
to my house


1815

autumn wind--
also behind me
Mount Usori


1815

seated on your butt
it blows to serve you...
autumn wind


1815

vain mankind!
even in blossoming Kyoto
autumn wind


1815

setting the silkworm
moth adrift...
autumn wind


1815

sloppy, yes
but the dewdrops are pearls!
pearls!


1815

dewdrops form--
in the shade of grasses
seven farmhouses


1815

"Dewdrops here!"
the mountain crow's voice
like a whining cat


1815

to which side
of the silver dew?
the crow's summons


1815

it's a day
for discarding old folks...
dew dripping down


1815

become pearls
great big pearls!
morning dew


1815

round dewdrop--
with no reason to suffer
stands up straight


1815

lightning flash--
the astonished face
of the dog


1815

lightning flash--
running like hell
to Zenkô Temple


1815

my dog
turns a somersault...
field of flowers


1815

horse-shaped melon--
"Gimme! Gimme!" cries
the crying child


1815

the child on her back
reaches to touch...
bell for the ancestors


1815

a cricket rides
unsteadily...
horse-shaped eggplant


1815

she tells her age
spreading five fingers...
memorial for the dead


1815

realizing it's being hit
just for fun...
bell for the ancestors


1815

even the sparrows
partake...
Bon Festival rice


1815

a lantern for the dead
my Bon present...
from me to me


1815

served on a lotus leaf
a lonely sight...
Bon Festival rice


1815

lit by a bonfire
for the dead...
Sumida River


1815

evening moon--
in the cool air
visiting graves


1815

night of dancing
Bon Festival, just today
and tomorrow


1815

for your sake
though I don't want to...
Bon Festival dance


1815

awaiting the stars--
does the grown man
feel young again?


1815

veiling the face
of the Bride Star...
hackberry tree


1815

chopsticks of green
plume grass, uneven...
festival


1815

for one day
it's a famous site...
plume grass barn


1815

wild boar
spend a night!
thatched hunting hut


1815

from plume grass
has it arisen?
Mount Fuji


1815

building a hunting hut--
in the thatch a katydid
sings


1815

looking trendy
with four corners...
thatched hunting hut


1815

throughout Shinano
on every Mount Suwa...
evening dew


1815

just the sight
of plume grass chopsticks...
cool air!


1815

paying no heed
to Suwa Shrine's wind...
plume grass


1815

uneven chopsticks
of plume grass too...
celebrate the festival


1815

from the tiny thatched
hunting hut, first...
a rustling


1815

the first plume grass
has called it forth...
Mount Fuji


1815

flowering plume grass
even shaped as a hunting hut...
is inviting


1815

thatched hunting huts--
in the mood
for Mount Fuji


1815

in Kamakura
one for the dog...
sacred rice cakes


1815

the monk's rough clothes
pounded
with a purpose


1815

evening cloth-pounding--
my wife's tea cakes
are huge!


1815

life in the mountains--
even priests
pound cloth in the evening


1815

at my hut too
a stone for pounding
cloth


1815

wild goose without companions
come! come!
to shelter


1815

autumn's first geese--
my rice field too
is five or six feet!


1815

begging at my gate
the geese lose
weight


1815

the black, the green,
the brown...
insect chorus


1815

insects sing, fly
here and there...
"just for us"


1815

a cicada chirrs--
there! and there!
stars appear


1815

resting
on the big dog's head
dragonfly


1815

the cricket
makes his bedroom...
horse dung


1815

the katydid
has given his cage
the slip


1815

little straw mat--
on the mountain of millet
katydid


1815

my humble hut--
it's turned tea-brown
the katydid


1815

the praying mantis
hangs by one hand...
temple bell


1815

foolish wildflower
without a trace
of bitterness


1815

in the gateway
it struggled but bloomed...
wildflower


1815

my chrysanthemum
doesn't care about looks
or style


1815

in the morning glories
peeking out...
a mouse


1815

sleeping mat--
pipe smoke wafts over
the maiden flowers


1815

in my home village
they're used to poverty...
maiden flowers


1815

blooming bush clover--
hiding from the child
a deer's face


1815

moonlight--
the wife won't serve
this big eggplant


1815

beckoning
the rain shower to strike...
plume grass


1815

an easterner--
a red leaf worn
on his head


1815

sticking to
the young buck's butt...
red leaves


1815

dollup by dollup
grilled tea cakes...
on red leaves


1815

grilled miso
dollup by dollup loaded...
on red leaves


1815

evening's cooked rice--
chopsticks grab
a red leaf


1815

persimmon leaves
turn Buddha-colored...
then fall


1815

tall rice cake tubs
low rice cake tubs...
red persimmon leaves


1815

plump twigs
for the tea ceremony...
red persimmon leaves


1815

my province--
for the Buddha of the thicket
first cotton boll


1815

a puckery persimmon--
helping drain
my moxa cautery


1815

the world today--
even sponge gourd rind
for sale


1815

for the eldest son
the fool...
a sponge gourd


1815

O autumn goddess
have a seat!
ladle of chestnuts


1815

at my gate the cat
batting chestnuts!
chestnuts!


1815

roasted chestnuts
tantalizingly aimed...
at the god


1815

first winter month
tenth day...
sleeping late


1815

first winter month--
from behind Senso Temple
I pray


1815

sleeping in a ball
on a winter's night...
my little nook


1815

winter night--
playing with fire tongs
amusing too


1815

the big cold snap
is big, BIG!
moonlit night


1815

felt deep
in my rib cage bones...
night cold


1815

though you think it
a shameful waste...
bitter cold, milder cold


1815

our town crier
the titmouse...
"It's cold! So cold!"


1815

back door--
pissing scribbles
in the first ice


1815

that fallen red leaf
looks fake...
first ice


1815

the lucky mouse
crossing, come back!
first ice


1815

my debt-paying coins
have all run away...
ice


1815

the bush warbler's sleeping place
revealed...
winter moon


1815

the god Kompira's
fluttering voice...
winter moon


1815

an old man's
clogs clacking too...
winter moon


1815

cold moon--
the wild geese also pray
to Kompira


1815

my tea-boiled rice
puffing steam...
first winter rain


1815

the leaves of the
porcelain cedar tremble...
first winter rain


1815

the puppy begs
for a present...
evening's winter rain


1815

the woodpecker's effort
is wasted...
a night of winter rain


1815

making the blooming
cockscomb droop...
winter rain


1815

winter rain falls
on Kamakura's residents...
geeses, gulls


1815

come winter rain--
to the house two doors down
from the corner


1815

Mount Uzu
facing the winter wind
drinks it in


1815

in winter wind
chirps sounds lonely...
sparrow


1815

in winter wind
the wholesale merchant's
dog...snores


1815

winter wind--
he shoulders a musket
and a short sword


1815

mud-dumplings--
today too, winter wind!
winter wind!


1815

just for lonely me
a storm, winter wind
and hail


1815

these thin legs--
winter storm winds
a sickle moon


1815

the backstreet
is the dog's toilet
first snowfall


1815

first one of the year
thin as can be...
my snow


1815

"First snowfall!"
he shouts in the middle
of pissing


1815

truthfully
a great nuisance!
snow at my gate


1815

with her samisen
she makes snow fall...
second floor


1815

blossoming Kyoto
is it?
beggarly snow


1815

the rope-belted
pretty woman is stuck...
morning snow


1815

snowy day--
the great temple hall
is ceiling-less


1815

its butt aimed
at us, the blizzard
passes on


1815

let loose
by some god above...
hailstones


1815

first frost on the grass
gets a dash...
sacred sake


1815

first frost--
a woman's voice
recites a prayer


1815

first frost--
flower sellers in a row
hitting their bells


1815

first frost--
the smiling face
of the tea master


1815

"Frost has formed!"
he yells
then pisses


1815

a loop of prayer beads
'round his neck...
withered fields


1815

withered fields--
with rice bag on her head
she runs


1815

black kites wheeling
in the sky...
the gods depart


1815

a bonfire too
for a fruitful year...
Boar Festival


1815

cawing crow--
didn't you like the bonfire
for Boar Festival?


1815

morning moon--
the god of wealth's food pile
hides it


1815

god of wealth Festival--
also going in, going out
rows of pigeons


1815

Old Quarter--
food for the god of wealth
in mist


1815

Shinto dance--
even the nursing baby
claps her hands


1815

darkening dusk--
even in yonder thicket
a Shinto dance


1815

Shinto dance at night--
red leaves fall
into the bonfires


1815

come! come!
to my house, you off-beat
bowl-beater


1815

I unseal the new tea
celestial geese
hurry above


1815

winter rain--
time to unseal
the new tea!


1815

making the rounds
of western mountains...
fresh winter tea


1815

all alone
digging out the ash...
my hearth


1815

trying to unclog
my hearth for winter...
all by myself


1815

kabuki showcase--
how many faces
fewer this year?


1815

kabuki showcase--
the new orphan's
forced laugh


1815

adding their voices
to the kabuki showcase...
celestial geese


1815

at the moat
Boar Festival's bonfire
turns cold


1815

"These damn red leaves
are a nuisance!"
wicker trap fisherman


1815

a slap and a scolding
for the wicker trap fisheman...
his old man


1815

my hut's dog
is guarding it...
brushwood fish trap


1815

a farmer abandons
his brushwood fish trap...
with regret


1815

a note on the
brushwood fish trap...
"Property of Santaro"


1815

a little mouse
plays hide-and-seek...
discarded cotton


1815

ginning cotton--
this world under heaven
at peace


1815

"O Fudaraku
where waves pound the shore..."
sowing wheat


1815

some poorly sown
wheat too...
a field in Yoshino


1815

my hut's buckwheat--
this year too
someone reaped it


1815

my hut's buckwheat--
completely bent over
in the middle


1815

praise Basho!
I've found my padded
cotton vest


1815

Buddha is offered
one first...
padded winter robe


1815

"A dirty priest
in a red skullcap"...
he's called


1815

the farting contest
begins at once...
winter quilt


1815

guard over haiku
I beseech you!
snow Buddha


1815

first snow--
even a lump of it
is Buddha


1815

snow Buddha--
my handprint too
is precious


1815

sparrows gather
and cheer...
my snow Buddha


1815

first snowfall--
it too
becomes Buddha


1815

funny
the dog turns 'round...
snowball!


1815

above the hibachis
of the Old Quarter
day breaks


1815

another early morning
laugh!
my charcoal fire


1815

tea ceremony white
charcoal getting wet...
entering Kyoto


1815

even the bag
the charcoal came in
burned tonight!


1815

darkened by smoke
from the charcoal kiln...
paper door


1815

even the charcoal kiln
invariably
has neighbors


1815

straight up--
the smoke of Holy Gohei's
charcoal kiln


1815

snap and crackle
goes the fire...
"All praise to Amida Buddha!"


1815

in tea blossoms
the bush warbler's child's
singing lessons


1815

though it's smoky
don't leave my hut!
singing plover


1815

trampling my roof thatch
to pieces...
plovers!


1815

plovers on a winter night--
not an old voice
among them


1815

hoarse-voiced plover
get in tune
with the others!


1815

slowly, slowly
plover with burnt tail feathers
where to now?


1815

though out of tune
they're Suma Beach's plovers!
plovers!


1815

even in Yoshiwara
in a one-ply wall
plovers in the night


1815

even the wild ducks
and vegetables...
a miserable village!


1815

hey wild duck
in what water did you
grow so fat?


1815

Mr. and Mrs. Duck--
as the anchor lowers
they play


1815

coming to my gate
wild ducks...
you'll lose weight


1815

mandarin duck--
pretending not to see
human hot temper


1815

today too--
the mandarin duck's
lazy living


1815

remarkably peaceful
despite your loss?
mandarin duck widow


1815

he looks like someone
I know! pufferfish's
bloated face


1815

the blooming cockscomb
dies
standing up


1815

no shame for you
red chrysanthemum!
another winter rain


1815

for the money-making
chrysanthemum, too...
the same withering


1815

among the withered
chrysanthemums...
brazen sparrows


1815

fallen leaves--
a chrysanthemum blooms
wretchedly


1815

grassy thicket--
what karma lets
the chrysanthemum survive?


1815

the plume grass
that hides the lovers...
withers


1815

big willow--
no matter how much withering
it's faint


1815

the big willow
isn't a snake...
winter withering


1815

hardly any red ones
at all...
falling leaves


1815

windblown leaves
good job, cat!
pushing them


1815

the wind has brought
enough to build a fire...
fallen leaves


1815

the kitten catches one
for a second...
fallen leaves


1815

wastepaper joins in
as they fall...
red leaves


1815

hollow tree--
though numb with cold
out-of-season blooms


1815

wastepaper joins in
the blooming...
out-of-season


1815

cherry tree--
though about to crash down
blooming out of season


1815

shining on
the winter chrysanthemum...
black devil's tongue


1815

a winter chrysanthemum
and cheek scarf...
for little monkey


1815

to the winter mum
the smoke of tofu dregs
wafts


1815

silverleaf blossoms
still perservering...
"three years on a stone?"


1815

stuck into
the sasanqua hedge...
bamboo ladle


1815

sasanqua blossoms--
the cook's
grumpy face


1815

thinking about
tea blossoms...
my trashy hut


1815

tea blossoms--
Bodhidharma's lacquered hands
in sunshine


1815

tea blossoms--
an earthenware Saigyo's
grumpy face


1815

blooming loquat--
a sickle moon
from year 783


1815

loquat blossoms--
my tea kettle too
is growing hair


1815

Katsushika--
the old god of wealth's
winter peonies


1815

a happy cat
with a bamboo ladle...
winter peony


1816

even for me
a god to lift me up!
blossoming spring


1816

this body of dust
softly, softly...
blossoming spring


1816

at my house
born with ease...
spring blossoms


1816

New Year's decorations--
the night I burn them
I cheer


1816

snow falls
on the celebration...
New Year's bonfire


1816

they make a pitiful fire...
my New Year's
decorations


1816

for the celebration
of little pines
the day stretches longer


1816

showing off
even a dog flies one...
kites


1816

wearing it carefully--
a kite
as a hat


1816

tied to the monkey's
back...
string of the kite


1816

even the kite
of the war lord...
bad-mouthed


1816

a kite rises
slow and easy...
a little village


1816

hugging his kite
he sleeps
deep and calm


1816

worn as a hat
the monkey guards the kite...
sunrise


1816

sort of a challenge
to wear it as a hat...
kite


1816

must be napping
with it over his head...
a kite


1816

in one sky--
grand imperial kites
and little kites


1816

a wastepaper kite
next to that of Maeda
Lord Kaga!


1816

at the big town
it comes to a stop...
kite string


1816

before the gate
the kite-snagging hackberry tree...
a thousand ages old!


1816

dancing monkey--
its face also
isn't weary


1816

in my province
even trained monkeys
wear noble hats


1816

in my province
even trained monkeys
offer prayers!


1816

the young monkey
looks and looks while dancing...
red sleeves


1816

melting to the tune
of the New Year's singer...
snow at the gate


1816

pushing through
the hot spring steam...
picking herbs


1816

spring peace--
old monk with kimono
tucked behind


1816

excess bath water
drips and dribbles...
a long spring day


1816

the way things are--
in my do-nothing house
the day is long


1816

growing old--
even the long spring day
brings tears


1816

taking turns
with the pipe lighter...
a long spring day


1816

companionless
the goose flies aimlessly...
a long spring day


1816

in the long spring day
scribbling on a wall...
eyes, nose


1816

long spring day--
the high-spirited pony
frolics


1816

in the long spring day
my walking stick's tip...
a pipe lighter


1816

just for fun
pooping in a field...
a long spring day


1816

the day is long!
long! in this vain
world today


1816

a long spring day--
lazy
as a slug


1816

in this vain life
a sheer waste...
a long spring day


1816

from the tip
of the forest ranger's broom...
spring departs


1816

even white-haired friends
regret spring's passing...
the idiots


1816

thin spring snow--
red beans and rice
for the fox god


1816

over the just-spread
sawdust...
spring snow


1816

spring snow--
on fresh-laid reeds
it falls


1816

spring snow--
not a single face
without a fan


1816

the first blessing
for plow and hoe...
spring rain


1816

splish-splash
the cat washes in the river...
spring rain


1816

spring rain--
he catches my yawn
dog at the gate


1816

two pines--
young companions
in spring rain


1816

spring breeze--
her sleeves rustle over
Mount Matchi


1816

spring wind--
the writing brush rolls away
in the field


1816

the thief
is just as he is...
hazy moon


1816

the temple teatime's
second bell...
morning mist


1816

vanishing
in the heat shimmers...
my humble hut


1816

heat shimmers--
shaped like a cross
the leftover snow


1816

young folk--
even melting snow
is fun, no?


1816

rice seedlings--
a little family watches
the evening rain


1816

rice-seedling beds
with no unevenness...
can't be found


1816

herb cakes--
cherry blossoms sprinkled
on top


1816

my intrepid guide
on the low tide beach...
village dog


1816

wiping my feet
on pine needles...
low tide


1816

in the river fog
a boisterous noise...
tea-picking song


1816

led by a gang
of grannies...
the tea-picking song


1816

the lover cat
with a shameless face
has returned


1816

while the gate's sparrow
watches
he snatches an egg


1816

he knows the meaning
of the breakfast bell...
baby sparrow


1816

introducing their children
to society...
strutting sparrows


1816

faces looking like
they've been to Zenkô Temple
baby sparrows


1816

do me a favor
baby sparrow...
pick at my lice


1816

my neighbor for a moment
the bush warbler
moves on


1816

the bush warbler watching
watching the gamblers...
sings


1816

bush warbler's breakfast--
only for this
it sang


1816

the bush warbler toils
at his singing...
before eating


1816

the bush warbler
watches disapprovingly...
they gamble


1816

to Kitano
every morning, the bush warbler's
pilgrimage


1816

bush warbler--
you still haven't lost
your Kiso accent


1816

a bush warbler arrives
unexpectedly...
gamblers


1816

bush warbler--
even while pooping, sings
Lotus Sutra


1816

bush warbler--
if your throat gets dry
there's Sumida River


1816

bush warbler
on a branch, in her lap
a cat


1816

a box lunch
in a tree's crotch...
a bush warbler sings


1816

no bigger than a sparrow
yet he warbles
the Lotus Sutra!


1816

at dawn
deep in the rain
a lark is singing


1816

the clam too
opens wide...
a lark is singing


1816

Musashi Plain--
while he poops entertained
by a lark


1816

sermon in the field--
the priest's wide-open mouth
a pheasant's voice


1816

a mountain pheasant
ruffling my sleeve
runs away


1816

departing geese--
how many times have you seen
Mount Asama's smoke?


1816

departing geese--
how many times have you seen
blossom-filled Edo?


1816

goose, wild goose
when did your
journey begin?


1816

a goose without companions
plodding along
returns


1816

where and how
did you spend First Month?
returning geese


1816

will one flock
stop at Senju town?
geese flying north


1816

Mr. and Mrs. Goose
talking as they go...
they go!


1816

learning to praise Buddha
at Mokubo Temple...
geese flying north


1816

finalizing the divorce
leaving my house behind...
departing geese


1816

cheering on
Noin's pouring rain...
croaking frogs


1816

yielding the seat of honor
to Mr. Turtle...
croaking frog


1816

he comes to visit
with such gravitas...
a frog


1816

sitting up straight
in their circle...
croaking frogs


1816

the little Buddha's head
a launch pad too...
frogs


1816

this year the world is good!
little frogs
big frogs


1816

like Saigyo
squatting, croaking
frog


1816

copying the nagging
in the thatched hut...
croaking frogs


1816

despite the scolding
composed and shameless...
frog


1816

taking up the holy man's
chant...
croaking frogs


1816

taking a leak
he keeps on croaking...
frog


1816

one by one
they take their seats...
croaking frogs


1816

in the divine presence
of Sumiyoshi's gods...
a frog


1816

with one voice
their mouths open wide...
frogs


1816

praising Buddha
mouths gaping wide...
frogs


1816

running away
grumbling, mumbling...
an evening frog


1816

chasing a lady
who gets away...
croaking frog


1816

floral mat--
squatting in front
a frog


1816

scrawny frog, hang tough!
Issa
is here


1816

yellow rose--
"let me go first!"
jumping frog


1816

in evening's glow
they glow...
frogs croaking


1816

in my hut
on urgent business...
a frog


1816

my hut--
a frog has come
on urgent business


1816

entering my gate
unknowingly
a frog


1816

his hands hanging
in Mount Fuji's evening
a croaking frog


1816

all day teasing
the horse's ear...
little butterfly


1816

gate's garden--
when the crow scolds
the little butterfly leaves


1816

on a mat by the gate
I'm the butterfly's
roadblock


1816

miffed by the coin
tossed out the window...
little butterfly leaves


1816

brimming with hope
little butterflies...
a young couple


1816

flitting butterfly--
thus is Buddha's law
in this world


1816

a butterfly flits--
hot tea, hot water
and sake for sale


1816

stop, butterfly
once more, stop!
on the festival rice cake


1816

stop, butterfly
once more, stop!
on the sake cup


1816

to the kitten's
death anniversary it flits...
little butterfly


1816

two by two
spring's first butterflies
arrive


1816

spring's first butterflies--
three couples!
five couples!


1816

licking the lap-baby's
cheek...
little butterfly


1816

"Come this way, this way
blind man!"
little butterfly


1816

hey butterfly
move aside!
bath water's splashing


1816

counting heads
in a hot tub...
little butterfly


1816

life in the world--
even butterflies from morning on
must toil!


1816

in the pigeon's thicket
on the sparrow's fence...
clamshells


1816

secluded house--
day after day more
baby grass


1816

my umbrella-hat
left on the baby grass...
a hot bath


1816

little mustard flowers
what devil
plucked so many?


1816

in the middle
of flowering mustard
Mount Asama's smoke


1816

mustard flowers
in the thicket, hushed
have bloomed


1816

an eel shop eel
is escaping!
plum blossoms


1816

plum tree--
under blossoms' shine
an evening prayer


1816

betting seashells
they gamble...
plum blossoms


1816

Katsushika--
three hundred shops
under the plum blossoms


1816

gate's plum tree--
the family's good fortune
in bloom


1816

the monkey chewing
on a pipe...
plum blossoms


1816

don't throw
those offering coins!
plum blossoms


1816

sparrows spill their food--
plum trees
in bloom


1816

Tsurayuki's plum blossoms!
attached
to a sickle moon


1816

Sir Toad
on a secret mission...
plum blossoms


1816

sickle moon--
I glide from plum blossoms
to Buddha's image


1816

just for lonely me...
great moon!
plum blossom scent!


1816

scattering cherry blossoms
please pardon
my pipe!


1816

a fistful of fallen
cherry blossoms too...
gamblers' pot


1816

cherry blossoms--
a floating world of pleasure
has begun


1816

going about
in cherry blossom light...
Pure Land priest


1816

a nuisance--
mountain cherry blossom
rumors fly


1816

even around here
paltry cherry trees...
Kyoto


1816

fried rice emerges
from my pouch...
cherry blossoms!


1816

a child pissing
"Look! Look!"
cherry blossoms


1816

it's New Year's Day
to these old eyes...
cherry blossoms


1816

praise Buddha!
sleeping in the light
of cherry blossoms


1816

it's gambling money
here in Japan...
cherry blossoms


1816

a vegetable hodgepodge
on butterbur leaves...
mountain cherry blossoms


1816

to this world for the old
Peach Boy, come out!
peach blossoms


1816

just for fun
a peach blossom
in the horse's mouth


1816

gracing the gate
of a non-drinker too...
a greening willow


1816

giving the big dog
a tickle...
willow tree


1816

at the cemetery guard's
gate too...
a green willow rustles


1816

pipe in my mouth--
smoking's allowed here
by my gate's willow


1816

mutual aid
for ruined house and hut...
willow


1816

drooping willow--
the gate's crookedness
not quite hidden


1816

a Sixth Month
with not one decent evening...
ends


1816

our night of carousing
sure is short...
but fun!


1816

my rice field
the greatest sight of all!
summer's early dawn


1816

in the short night
the dew works fast...
blades of grass


1816

short summer night--
the serene and still
cherry blossoms


1816

short summer night--
dew forming on grass
way behind schedule


1816

a hot night's pilgrimage
with song...
Zenkô Temple


1816

while they discuss
how hot the night is...
unnoticed moon


1816

in a big house's
big raindrops from the eaves...
the heat


1816

growing fat eating
growing fat sleeping...
summer heat


1816

tired of sleeping
tired of eating...
the heat


1816

"Ah cool air! cool air!"
even while saying this
I'm alone


1816

tied to the tree
where cool wind blows
my child


1816

in cool air
"what a good tumble!"
I cheer


1816

in the evening cool
no village
of outcastes


1816

cool air--
is rain coming from
Buddha's direction?


1816

morning glories
want to become bamboo...
June rain


1816

the garden greens
itching to be cut...
June rain


1816

the planted azaleas
in full glory...
June rain


1816

proclaiming the Fifth Month
rain's first day...
a crow


1816

the heron too
dejected in his home...
June rain


1816

somehow or another
June rain will come...
thatched hut


1816

rain shutter storage box
hanging from bamboo...
June rain


1816

wind-blown plume grass--
June rains begin!
they begin!


1816

in the thicket shade
he sharpens his sickle...
June rain


1816

go, horsefly
through the ripped paper door!
June rains are over


1816

now that wildflowers
are all made...
June rains end


1816

to a reed pipe's
chilly notes...
June rains end


1816

leaving Mount Asama
coming this way...
little cloudburst


1816

with a light touch
morning's cloudburst...
teahouse


1816

distant storm--
each one of the watchers
has his opinion


1816

one house
in one summer rain...
dead center


1816

"Please stop answering
our prayers, cloudburst!"
we cry


1816

taking flight
from the cloudburst...
a swallow


1816

in the cloudburst
the big lantern's
halo


1816

the cloudburst moves along
doing good...
farmhouse


1816

rainstorm--
an annoyed look
on the toad's face


1816

shining bright
one and all...
the billowing clouds


1816

big cloud--
though with lofty peaks
it creeps along


1816

one by one
they fall and crumble...
the peaks of clouds


1816

a suitable mountain
for me...
cloud without peaks


1816

cloud becomes a mountain
becomes
a cloud


1816

around the lamp
insects swarm...
wind on the greenery


1816

my hut--
to the left pure water
to the right the moon


1816

my humble hut's rice field
all alone...
so green


1816

wind wafts
rice field so green...
travelers in bathrobes


1816

the rice fields
greener and greener!
flute practice


1816

stopping for tea
by rice fields so green...
pilgrims to Kyoto


1816

the world of dew
so fast turns green...
rice fields


1816

copy cat--
the hut's gate's rice field, too
is green


1816

a good wind--
beyond the green rice fields
Northern Mansion


1816

with high spirits
the kite ascends...
green rice fields


1816

on his finger
one penny...
Buddha's birthday


1816

before the gate
an old man's homemade
birthday Buddha


1816

the dog too
lies prostrate...
evening purification


1816

riding the purification doll
the lice
float away


1816

eaves thatched with irises
then right away...
swallows


1816

the pony tries
to take a bite...
thatch of irises


1816

secluded house--
here they pluck irises
for thatch


1816

my hut's
thatch of irises, even the cat
can reach it


1816

about ten decorate
the bamboo grass...
rice dumplings


1816

after a scolding
the weary cormorants
dive again


1816

the weary cormorant
turns back to her children
turns back...


1816

night moon--
while cormorants must work
sake in a teacup


1816

wiping and wiping his sweat
with his loincloth
as he talks


1816

at my hut
even the grass this summer
lost weight


1816

looking behind me
more young folk...
new summer robes


1816

like everyone--
I change from rags
to summer robe


1816

the child doesn't know
it's borrowed...
new summer robe


1816

just today
I wish I had neighbors...
my new summer robe


1816

rain falls
on the celebration...
the change to summer robes


1816

in a hand tub his fish
is allowed to play...
new summer robe


1816

outside my gate
a floating world of pleasure...
new summer robes


1816

how promising!
his summer kimono
already too short


1816

I spot some bamboo
good for a walking stick...
summer kimono


1816

his first summer kimono--
hurry and grow
into a menace!


1816

looking jaunty
on the horse's ladle...
summer kimono


1816

growing old--
my paper fan waving's
a bit overdone


1816

how quickly
the color fades...
red paper fan


1816

the big cat
flops down to sleep
on the fan


1816

hugging her knees
clutching her paper fan...
asleep


1816

helter-skelter
they flap and flap...
paper fans


1816

downwind
from the smudge pot smoke...
a Buddha


1816

smudge pot smoke--
just three pennies' worth
does the house


1816

the blooming flower
suddenly shivers...
smudge pot smoke


1816

the sound of fresh water
boiling...
deep in the well


1816

my hut's well--
I do its summer cleaning
by hand


1816

a quick inspection
of the well's bottom...
little butterfly


1816

deep in the well
a sound like farting...
the cleaner's voice


1816

since it's cool down there
take a little nap...
bottom of the well


1816

my child, my child
he tumbles so well!
evening cool


1816

the beards of grasses
tickling me...
evening cool


1816

the hanging worm
makes himself a raincoat...
evening cool


1816

great temple gate--
in the cool air a monk
plucks grass


1816

cooling off standing
cooling lying down...
both work


1816

knocking my pipe's ember
into my hand...
evening cool


1816

foolish frog
don't talk nonsense!
evening cool


1816

making grass green
in a perfect circle...
evening cool


1816

Musashi Plain--
a grassy place for cooling off
already occupied


1816

every evening
there's a new shit road...
cool air


1816

naughty child
though tethered enjoys
evening's cool


1816

sardines served
in butterbur leaves...
planting rice


1816

at my hut too
a rice-planting rest...
comrades


1816

Sumiyoshi--
even the rice-planting girls
are worshipped


1816

rice field weeds
at the peak of bloom...
yanked up


1816

the transplanted
barnyard grass...
the same rustle


1816

garden hill--
for planting barnyard grass too
an ancient song


1816

little fawn
not quite yet...
spoiled rotten


1816

fawn--
despite stern words
follows the man


1816

my oh my!
a fawn not friendly
with people


1816

the little bat
chirps inside
the rice gourd


1816

good job! the bat
crawls out
the rice gourd


1816

putting an umbrella-hat
over the lantern...
"Cuckoo!"


1816

don't get indigestion
from the tofu dregs!
cuckoo


1816

I scatter tofu dregs too
for his feast...
cuckoo


1816

the river porter
crossing with a swagger
a cuckoo


1816

well, well
out of the blue...
"Cuckoo!"


1816

scolding the poor
rain as well...
cuckoo


1816

are you scolding
that coin-tossing fellow?
cuckoo


1816

not despising
the tiny rice field...
cuckoo


1816

thinking I'm old
what a loud voice!
cuckoo


1816

"I'm off to that rubbish heap
Edo! Edo!"
the cuckoo


1816

rapping the bald
mountain's head...
cuckoo


1816

on the horse's back
"Yee-haw!"
a cuckoo


1816

don't try acting
the innocent babe!
cuckoo


1816

little cuckoo
sing! sing!
Issa is here


1816

cuckoo
what did you forget?
retracing steps


1816

hey cuckoo--
you're sick of people
aren't you?


1816

on a vain mountain too--
move aside! move aside!
for Sir Cuckoo


1816

rising over the village
rice cooking smoke...
"Cuckoo!"


1816

it's a good grain barn
stand your ground!
cuckoo


1816

looking at me
retracing his steps...
the cuckoo


1816

Buddha stands
drenched to the bone...
a cuckoo calls


1816

at my gate
thanks for nothing!
reed warbler racket


1816

big rain--
five hundred yards north
a moorhen's cry


1816

my rice field
is waterless...
a moorhen complains


1816

at my gate--
no moorhen crying
no farts


1816

from five hundred yards
or so it comes...
moorhen's cry


1816

hey blockhead
rolling and tumbling...
fireflies are there!


1816

don't make a racket!
just let things be
fireflies will come


1816

did you see me
slip and stumble?
flitting off firefly


1816

is my thatched hut
not to your taste?
flitting off firefly


1816

flitting firefly--
don't get tangled
in women's hair!


1816

the Buddhist priest
not up to snuff...
flitting off firefly


1816

sleeping mats--
after counting our butts
the firefly flits away


1816

first firefly--
the uncalled-for frog
vanished again


1816

viewing fireflies
I take a tumble...
"There's one!"


1816

viewing fireflies--
after tumbling down
tumbling again


1816

flickering
down the main road...
a firefly


1816

in thicket shade too
a hot bath...
flitting fireflies


1816

after kindly coming
to my gate...
a firefly flits away


1816

do you think
my hair's a thicket?
firefly


1816

naughty child
though tethered calling
fireflies


1816

through the tears
though he's tethered
calling fireflies


1816

into the soup kettle
flitting, flitting
firefly


1816

an old man's world!
when one mosquito
starts to whine


1816

tumbling
into the mosquito swarm...
a child


1816

a place
short on mosquito swarms...
sickle moon


1816

mosquito swarm--
don't block my view
of the moon!


1816

the cool breeze
blows into the mouth...
a mosquito!


1816

my home--
for the mosquitos
a famous site


1816

while traveling
even a mosquito-spurting thicket...
a blessing


1816

while praising Buddha
with wide-open mouth...
a mosquito


1816

one mosquito
seems kind of cute...
its sound


1816

the village mosquitos'
great convocation...
moon on the eaves


1816

a celebration--
this year's mosquitos too
feast


1816

in this world
even a mosquito-spurting thicket...
a refuge


1816

my home
where I even exhale
mosquitos


1816

this year
the world is good!
say the flies


1816

the samurai is ordered
to shoo the flies...
Sir Horse


1816

chasing off flies
with a pestle...
grated yam soup


1816

swatting a fly
and a blooming
wildflower


1816

chasing flies
is a two-person job...
widow


1816

when I go out
they go out...
hut's flies


1816

not a good jumper
but a cuter flea
than the rest


1816

when I release
the flea, wildflowers
start blooming


1816

even a flea
knows a technique...
for hiding


1816

keep stone still
and look! a cicada
being born


1816

a cicada chirrs--
Rokugatsu Village's
Enten Temple


1816

first cicada--
for a quick song sighted
on the post


1816

world of man--
in the mountains of course
leeches drop


1816

aware of the leeches
they enter...
marshy rice field


1816

from horseback
"So many! So many!"
summer's first bonito


1816

even in mountain shade
a taste of Edo...
first bonito


1816

purification font--
swimming plum leaves
swimming trout


1816

a flood--
the tall dayflower keeps
her cool


1816

among dayflowers
an insect
"geecho! geecho!"


1816

all spruced up
by moonflowers...
the outhouse


1816

two doors down
from the moonflowers...
my house


1816

wafting in
from the moonflowers...
the horse's fart


1816

wafting through
the moonflowers...
my fart


1816

moonflowers--
aimed at the horse's rump
one blooms


1816

in the thatched hut
medicine for sale...
poppies


1816

at my hut
southeast of Edo...
poppies


1816

the tea smoke
wafts its way...
unlucky peony


1816

my eyes glued
to its blooming...
skinny peony


1816

the grime of a thousand
houses floats too...
lotus blossoms


1816

overhang--
perched on the lotus's stem
a beggar's hut


1816

world of man--
a rice field replaces
lotus blossoms


1816

flies and horseflies
sport with them...
leftover rice plants


1816

the village child
sticks them on the dog...
rice plants


1816

the leftover rice plants
a bed
for the dog


1816

flanking the highway
on both sides...
leftover rice plants


1816

my child
in the wheat field wind...
nicely plump


1816

the crossroads Buddha
guards
one beard of wheat


1816

under the eaves
one spear of wheat
five, six feet


1816

secluded house--
extending from my pillow
this year's bamboo


1816

once on their feet
bamboo shoots, too
break


1816

spotting three shoots
of new bamboo...
the moonlit night


1816

quick-growing bamboo shoots--
the whole gang
the same


1816

cantaloupes, watermelons--
rock-a-bye
my babies


1816

my cherry blossoms
even flush with fresh leaves
scatter


1816

they sell tea
not worth a fart...
summer trees


1816

the bush warbler's hermitage
too
in thick summer grasses


1816

deep shade--
purifying hand-wash water
washing hands


1816

deep shade--
the worm, too, shakes
making his raincoat


1816

deutzia blossom gate--
famous straw sandals
for sale


1816

even the thorn bush
is blooming!
blooming!


1816

autumn cold--
even the bird's cheeks
starchy stiff


1816

it's sleepy time
in my humble hut...
skin-chilling air


1816

skin-chilling air--
Musashi Province
hundreds of miles away


1816

a sandal vendor
at the window, morning's
cold beginning


1816

loud talk
about the cold night...
over the fence


1816

delightfully the beans
roll and tumble...
a cold night


1816

going outside the fence
to fart...
a cold night


1816

nagging about
the two hundred for rent...
a cold night


1816

one by one
even the cats come home...
cold nights


1816

looking up, wrinkles
looking down, wrinkles...
a cold night


1816

end-of-month coins
jingle in the basket...
a cold night


1816

such is my life alone--
cold mornings
cold nights


1816

cold night--
even birds using glue
to stay warm


1816

moon in the autumn dawn--
prayers from a window
at Zenkô Temple


1816

the pony also
sets off on a journey...
autumn dusk


1816

parentless
I only have my shadow...
autumn dusk


1816

another year
I didn't die...
autumn dusk


1816

don't fret--
there's a second chance
for this harvest moon


1816

next to the roof beam
shining bright...
harvest moon


1816

Great Japan!
back for a second time
the same harvest moon


1816

people grumble--
the delayed moon typical
of this place


1816

amazing--
in the house I was born
seeing this moon


1816

a dim showing
as expected...
harvest moon


1816

the harvest moon
and rain showers...
about equal


1816

in harvest moonlight
keeping his cool...
scarecrow


1816

drawn forth
by the harvest moon...
mosquitos


1816

the harvest moon
met a second time
and yet...


1816

harvest moon--
until your second coming
we must wait


1816

harvest moon--
on a stone a teacup
filled with sake


1816

harvest moon--
in plume grass shadows
drinking sake


1816

harvest moon
on the mountain scarecrow's
sleeve


1816

a wretched shame--
my heart
like the autumn sky


1816

like pebbles pounding
the eaves...
autumn rain


1816

in the autumn wind
clutching my sleeve...
little butterfly


1816

autumn wind--
a homeless child's
little braided hat


1816

autumn wind--
a cock-a-doodling rooster
on the roof


1816

loafing--
even in the blossom capital
autumn wind


1816

blowing on
such a world of fools...
autumn wind


1816

every morning
enough for my tea kettle...
dew in the grass


1816

my ramshackle hut--
the dewdrops' great exertion
in vain


1816

from today on
to see is to pray...
dewdrops in the grass


1816

silver dewdrops
dropping in vain...
from the eaves


1816

life of dewdrops--
just the same
as the Buddhas


1816

such an accumulation
of golden dew...
these islands


1816

take a look!
that humungous dewdrop's
about to spill


1816

in this world--
the humungous dewdrop
collapses first


1816

mountain fog
twining 'round my legs...
sunset


1816

moo moo moo
from fog cows
emerge


1816

from the great bronze
Buddha's nostrils
clouds of fog


1816

from the great bronze
Buddha's nose fog...
softly, softly


1816

fall quickly, hide
my home village...
fog and cold rain


1816

mountain fog
just passing through...
big sitting room


1816

clear evening--
lined up in the pale blue
autumn mountains


1816

even the mountain village's
pissing place...
a field of flowers


1816

alongside
the moon blossom glow...
Bon Festival dance


1816

Osaka--
bidding the tamed pony
farewell


1816

the pony neighs--
under a full moon
led away from his mother


1816

standing in a world
of tranquility...
the scarecrow


1816

the dragonfly
settles to sleep...
on the scarecrow


1816

the farmer's lunch
dangles...
on the scarecrow


1816

accompanying
the cricket's song...
evening cloth-pounding


1816

evening cloth-pounding--
the cat that can't stand it
happy-go-lucky


1816

home village--
even in their sleep pounding
cloth


1816

one more neighbor
comes to partake...
kettle of yumiso


1816

old age--
surviving but autumn
always the same


1816

evening falls--
the snipe-hunting lackey
rises up


1816

at my gate
a rice cake-loving snipe
calling


1816

don't cry, geese!
from now on
I'm a traveler too


1816

a pretty bird
passes in silence...
migrating


1816

again and again
my same companion...
migrating bird


1816

don't pass by
my crappy house too!
migrating birds


1816

an arm for a pillow--
insects, too, do their night work
while singing


1816

lying belly-up
yet still singing...
autumn cicada


1816

swish swish
his body's husk...
dragonfly


1816

the dragonfly goes about
his night work...
moon at the gate


1816

holding fast
to the boulder...
a dragonfly


1816

at my gate
just a soot-colored
dragonfly


1816

big sweeping--
you win the fleeing contest
katydid!


1816

the katydid
on my hut's post
gnawing away


1816

katydid's song
and my tinkling in the piss-pot
weaken in the night


1816

moving to live
in the rice box...
katydid


1816

little straw mat--
dusted with flour
the katydid


1816

don't crush
the dewdrop pearls!
katydid


1816

turning over in bed--
move aside!
katydid


1816

crawling out
the wild dog's hole...
a katydid


1816

entwined
by the maiden flower...
my wrinkled foot


1816

don't shake my house
down!
maiden flower


1816

that fawn--
how old is it?
blooming bush clover


1816

the mountain well
all clogged up...
bush clover blooms


1816

blooming looseleaf
crowns it...
the gate's rice field


1816

secluded house--
enough buckwheat blooms
for one


1816

my hut's rice field
somehow pulled it off...
harvest time


1816

this world today--
even plume grass
is blown in stripes


1816

what a shame, sucking
a mushy persimmon...
most unpleasant!


1816

regretfully I've joined them--
the mushy
persimmon eaters


1816

at the palace
no puckery persimmon face...
a terrible sin!


1816

eating the puckery
persimmon, the crow
stepchild


1816

on the high branch
one puckery persimmon...
like olden times


1816

to this world for the old
Peach Boy, come out!
hollow gourd


1816

buried chestnuts--
my grave mound soon
will be like that


1816

big chestnuts--
the travelers stop
and gather


1816

if so moved
all are empty husks...
chestnut burrs


1816

with the boiled chestnuts
finished, so is
the conversation


1816

stuck deep
in green plume grass...
first mushroom


1816

holy Jizo--
for me, too, winter
begins


1816

in Tenth Month
a slice of spring...
vegetable garden


1816

proud of this Tenth Month
slice of spring...
vegetable garden


1816

dawn--
through a hole in the wall
the cold


1816

shining moon--
to the nape of my neck
the cold snap


1816

despite monks
praising the Lotus Sutra...
winter cold


1816

drawing words
in an old tray's ashes...
winter cold


1816

using his head
the high priest breaks
icicles


1816

the year's not over
but spring comes anyway...
who cares?!


1816

my money sprouted wings
and flew away...
the year ends


1816

the way things are--
through my worthless window
days grow longer


1816

vain grass--
you grow longer
as do the days


1816

the stonecutter
chop-chops the mountain...
winter moon


1816

clacking clogs
turn toward my hut...
winter moon


1816

the god Kompira's
banner fluttering...
winter moon


1816

a five or six inch
red mandarin orange...
winter moon


1816

a toy flute trills
a cane click-clacks...
winter moon


1816

a short sword
stuck in his loincloth...
winter moon


1816

vain mankind--
idling away this night
of winter moon


1816

in my wooden clogs
raising a racket!
winter moon


1816

cold moon--
the blind priest is called
in vain


1816

a cane strikes stone
clack-clack...
cold moon


1816

Gichu Temple--
I'm here too
first winter rain


1816

round and round
dried chestnut prayer beads...
first winter rain


1816

the outhouse attendant
squats...
under the winter rain


1816

a winter rain
bumps into the back
window


1816

my home village--
the winter rain targets
a standing Buddha


1816

winter rain--
burning the fire chopsticks
for fun


1816

north wall--
"storm," "winter wind,"
"hot pepper"


1816

in winter wind
basking in the sun...
"Praise Buddha!"


1816

winter wind--
behind the farmer sowing seeds
a crow


1816

Musashi Field--
squatting in snow
a samurai


1816

the iron rod
goes cling! clang!
a hailstorm


1816

the laughing Buddha
points...
at a hailstone


1816

adding to the frost
the samurai's discarded
topknot


1816

with our gods out of town
they raise a ruckus...
crows


1816

Old Man's Dearth Day--
even wild geese
peacefully form a line


1816

Basho's Death-Day--
what are you chattering
sparrows at my gate?


1816

before his shrine
falling in his honor...
first winter rain


1816

indispensible
on this Twelfth Day...
first winter rain


1816

you too owl
dedicate a haiku...
this winter rain


1816

cedar chopsticks
hold the flame...
god of wealth Festival


1816

cleaning my winter hearth--
as expected
all alone


1816

from morning on
sticking close by it...
winter hearth


1816

the pint-sized kid
cross-legged writes...
in the hearth


1816

Sir Crow too
quickly gets in line...
for soot sweeping


1816

my house--
I sweep its soot
with a fan


1816

even pounding rice cakes
at my hut, I chant
"Great Japan!"


1816

for the dog
and crow too...
pounding rice cakes


1816

row of houses--
from every one of them
a rice cake commotion


1816

the rice cake flies
smack into the dog's
open mouth


1816

the youngest child
led by hand...
rice cakes for neighbors


1816

all night the ruckus
of riverboat prostitutes...
wicker fisherman's hut


1816

wicker trap fisherman--
"You fool! You fool!"
caws the crow


1816

the wife sowing wheat--
it's that
kind of temple


1816

looking at the moon
in the pine...
skullcaps too


1816

first of the season--
the snow, too
made into Buddha


1816

at my gate too
made of snow...
little Buddha


1816

putting me into
a praying mood...
snow Buddha


1816

the farting contest
begins again...
winter seclusion


1816

in a Kyoto suburb
even "winter seclusion"...
hustle and bustle


1816

behind the rain
over Karasaki...
a little fire


1816

stomping on
my wood fire watching...
the Milky Way


1816

by the wood fire
a huge yawn...
Princess Kaguya


1816

a cozy wood fire--
the Buddhas too
all lined up


1816

great Edo--
four or five pennies
for medicinal meat


1816

after medicinal meat
it begins...
the eating binge


1816

after the pine needles
a dessert
of medicinal meat


1816

thrust into
the dried salmon's mouth
plum blossoms


1816

beating time
on a dried salmon too...
praise Buddha!


1816

the bush warbler's son
is singing!
he's singing!


1816

slaving away--
even the bush warbler
has a singing lesson


1816

at sunset
not another peep...
little wren


1816

wrens chirping--
"It's our big day
the 30th!"


1816

are you, too
waiting for good luck?
waterfowl


1816

arrogantly
he presents himself...
the pufferfish


1816

the guy who just left
looked the same...
face of a pufferfish


1816

the guy who just left
had a similar face...
pufferfish


1816

someone I know
has a similar face...
pufferfish


1816

the same color
as the winter hay...
little house


1816

putting up a fight--
withered grasses
with prickles


1816

maiden flower
for what karmic reason
do you not fade?


1816

hut's radish--
when there's a visitor
you'll be yanked


1816

devil bramble
makes its final stand...
and withers


1816

where the potato
lies buried...
autumn leaves fall


1816

not even good
at raking the leaves...
growing old


1816

when leaves fall
I pray like olden times...
sleeping on a journey


1816

great god Kompira--
flitter flutter
the leaves fall down


1816

world of man--
even raking leaves
brings a scolding


1816

the stepchild practices
calligraphy...
on fallen leaves


1816

red leaves of olden times
are falling...
purification cauldron


1816

winter withering--
we cross Sumida River
together


1816

pestles pound and grind
in mortars...
frost-killed grass


1816

grass-killing frost--
pestles and mortars
pound and grind


1816

in frost-killed grass
to Seibi's house, slowly
I go


1816

killing frost--
smoke billows
from three houses


1816

frost-killed grass
"Gimme rice!"
a sparrow sings


1816

killing frost--
what tribute can I offer
Seibi, now a Buddha?


1816

an imprudent spring
for quince and azaleas...
winter blooms


1816

with a bamboo splinter
practicing calligraphy...
the stepchild


1817

celebrating New Year's
en masse...
rice field geese


1817

little vegetable patch--
even here
it's New Year's Day


1817

warm and snug
I greet the new year...
temple verandah


1817

spear after spear
on New Year's Day
they pass


1817

at my gate
New Year's starts
at noon


1817

my shadow too
in good health...
dawn of spring


1817

though far from home
a new spring
is blossoming


1817

a new spring--
neither cow nor horse
has trod on it


1817

a made-to-order
pale blue...
the year's first sky


1817

traveling--
and a rainless day
for the year's first sky!


1817

cheer the year's
first sky...
even sparrows!


1817

through night clothes' sleeve
I take a peek...
the year's first sky


1817

the year's first sky's
first blemish...
smoke


1817

the year's first sky
gives a gift...
snow flitting down


1817

the year's first sky
hits a dead end...
Kazusa mountains


1817

back door facing south--
three directions
for my New Year's walk


1817

loneliness--
in a palanquin passing Osaka
for the Servants' Holiday


1817

homecoming servants
all stop here...
Meditation Bridge


1817

servants on holiday
carry a servant on holiday...
palanquin


1817

the homecoming servants
pay their share...
Hoga Bridge


1817

the Servants' Holiday is over--
the dog, too, sees him off
in the mist


1817

homecoming servant--
tears precede everything
for the parents


1817

Servants' Holiday--
two sighted
on Mount Matchi


1817

servants on holiday--
three of them
on Narita Road


1817

in his courtier's cap
flopped down to sleep...
first day of Rat


1817

with a sword strapped on
he sleeps on the lawn...
first day of Rat


1817

to my hut too
New Year's arrives...
rice cake soup vendor


1817

after pounding
the seven herbs of health...
he sleeps


1817

picking herbs
seeing vinegared water...
Sumida River


1817

a head popping out
of a sleeve of night clothes...
a New Year's herb


1817

on the rice cake mill
the rooster sings too
"Oh Great Japan!"


1817

spring rain--
in the thicket
a discarded letter blows


1817

spring breeze--
a dog stretched to sleep
in the ferryboat


1817

spring breeze--
an eight-penny play
a tea-and-dumpling shop


1817

spring breeze--
forty-nine grannies
on the Shinano road


1817

waving umbrella-hats
farewell! farewell!
thin mist


1817

voices in the dry goods store
hang
on the mist


1817

the barking dog
is wearing a robe...
of mist


1817

travelers in bathrobes--
snow has melted
clean away!


1817

the last snow pile--
straw clogs make it
a delight


1817

a row of houses--
even melting snow
costs money


1817

snow has melted--
plenty of elbow room
for the hackberry tree


1817

snow melting--
three herons perch
on the rice cake tub


1817

drop by drop--
some migrating servant's
rain of tears


1817

plowing the field
he keeps the mountain ridge pine
company


1817

bobbing and weaving
a chicken stays close by...
tree grafting


1817

at daybreak
what grumpy faces...
Mr. and Mrs. Cat


1817

my hut's cat
with a hoarse voice
goes carousing


1817

so love-crazed
he chases a chicken...
tomcat


1817

into hell's mirror
look! look!
lover cat


1817

the rain in bamboo
a drenching bath...
lover cat


1817

he sleeps, he wakes
has a big yawn...
the cat goes courting


1817

foolish cat--
putting his whole body
into his yowl


1817

just a glance
at the yowler on the roof...
lazy cat


1817

mountain temple--
with the Founder's blessing
cats make love


1817

if he finds a good place
he won't return...
love-crazed cat


1817

my cat is known
as a thief of hearts
scandalous!


1817

mother cat
plays hide-and-seek...
with her kittens


1817

baby sparrow
is O-Take Buddha
at the sink


1817

is the bush warbler weeping
at your cloudiness?
Mount Suzuka


1817

bush warbler
a fount of life
at the grave


1817

a bush warbler singing
included in the price...
five-penny tea


1817

bush warbler
in the big sake cup's
wet color


1817

bush warbler--
he doesn't mind
my pipe smoke


1817

bush warbler--
did you come ten years after
the Future Buddha?


1817

up to today
such great perserverance...
goose at my gate


1817

after many nights
telling me bedtime stories
the geese have left


1817

visiting the cat
on the turned-over tub...
little butterfly


1817

the butterfly too
on the scales of karma
is weighed


1817

don't dip your butt
in that mud!
huge butterfly


1817

spring butterfly
peaceful, calm...
in the seat of honor


1817

don't be mean
to that horsefly
paper door!


1817

once again
giving a horsefly grief
skylight


1817

the hand that broke off
the plum blossom branch...
in hell's mirror


1817

plum blossom thievery--
added to the account book
of hell's judge Emma


1817

in plum blossom scent
they stop fighting...
crows


1817

plum blossoming--
how the lice's grandchildren
play!


1817

plum blossoms--
I enter in my account book
"cash for sake"


1817

cursing like sailors
in the plum tree...
crows


1817

little child--
while Mama helps him pee-pee
plum blossoms


1817

on one side
sandal tracks, the other
plum blossoms


1817

the toy flute seller
clatters along...
plum blossoms


1817

young buck--
how many is he taking?
plum blossoms


1817

mocked
by the sparrows...
the field's blooming plum trees


1817

though smoky
with incense
plum trees in bloom


1817

the Buddha in the field
with a red skullcap...
plum blossoms


1817

a village of slackers
lackadaisical
plum blossoms


1817

the lazy dog
barks lying down...
plum trees in bloom


1817

travel journal--
one moon
one blooming plum tree


1817

road to Kyoto--
at the pickled plum teahouse
plum blossoms


1817

cool and calm
deep in the thorn thicket...
blooming plum


1817

growing feeble--
breaking off blossoms
with twisted mouth


1817

deep wooded mountains--
home-grown in Shinano
glorious blossoms


1817

grandma's rice cakes
grandpa's cherry tree
in bloom


1817

trees lined up
cramped together...
mountain cherry blossoms


1817

for three pennies
a cherry tree for planting...
Yoshino Hill


1817

even a layman
praises Amida Buddha...
cherry blossoms fall


1817

distracting the fisherman
now and then...
cherry blossoms


1817

for the fisherman
they're a nuisance...
evening cherry blossoms


1817

peace to the world
from time immemorial...
cherry blossoms


1817

rain shower--
at a Sixth Month village
Enten Temple


1817

such elaborate
wildflowers bloomed!
in one short night


1817

from one short night--
how intricate
the wildflowers


1817

short summer night--
a riverside play's
lacquered faces


1817

short summer night--
the grasses bloom
swish, swish, swish!


1817

a short summer night
of rejoicing...
secluded village


1817

choked by the heat
of Sunayama...
a little boat


1817

prostitutes look me over
from their boat
in the heat


1817

evening cool--
fishing for soup stock
in his back door sea


1817

just saying the words
"my house"
the cool air!


1817

rainy season--
a crab strolls into
the big sitting room


1817

half asleep--
is that rainy season rain
again today?


1817

the rainy season is over
everywhere else...
Mount Hakone


1817

some "clear day"!
rainy season clouds again
on the mountain


1817

splish splash
drenched in June rain
Lotus Field


1817

must you start
with my thatched hut?
June rain


1817

patting dry his forehead
doused the cloudburst...
tree shade


1817

cloudbursts--
the village that doesn't pray
gets three


1817

lying spread-eagle
and watching...
the peaks of clouds


1817

once again
grannies, wear them too!
pots on heads


1817

at sunset's bell
they scatter...
cormorant boats


1817

going out the gate
the cormorant's treated royally...
wife, child


1817

the whole town sleeps
while the cormorants
toil


1817

after praying for rain
in a mood
to shoot the musket


1817

for the mosquitos
life is good...
a naked party


1817

like everyone else
clothes-changing is fun...
new summer robe


1817

when I'm dead
who'll wear it next?
new summer robe


1817

even the loafer
looks imperial!
new summer robe


1817

his prayers for pay
pay off...
a new summer kimono


1817

drinking tea alone
on the month's first day...
green bamboo blinds


1817

recycling--
waste paper mosquito net!
mosquito net!


1817

the moon shines--
this paper mosquito net
my home


1817

the face on my paper fan
is shameless...
but a saint!


1817

with a face
come down from heaven
she is fanning


1817

covering
my sinful mouth...
my paper fan


1817

if you go out
to enjoy the cool air...
grovel and grovel!


1817

falling to my back
spread eagle...
the cool air


1817

a crab, too
climbs the pine tree...
evening cool


1817

how old
is that fawn?
spring mountain


1817

the wise priest's
pampered favorite...
a fawn


1817

moon at the gate--
the mosquito-eating bats
prosper


1817

not backing down
even an inch...
Edo cuckoo


1817

just now
he's off to Mount Fuji...
cuckoo


1817

the setting moon--
you just missed it
cuckoo!


1817

great Edo--
amid the hustle and bustle
a cuckoo


1817

in Great Edo
fearing no evil...
the cuckoo


1817

a lucky, lucky
MOST lucky day
"Cuckoo!"


1817

of all the gods
which ones are real?
cuckoo


1817

from today on
let no one out-sing you!
Edo cuckoo


1817

crawling across a bridge
far below...
"Cuckoo!"


1817

cuckoo--
even Fifth Month, Eighth Day
is lucky!


1817

into Watanobe's plume grass
off you go!
cuckoo


1817

come back tomorrow
and the next day
mountain cuckoo!


1817

taking turns
with the prayer gong...
mountain cuckoo


1817

till I return
guard my hut...
mountain cuckoo


1817

don't catch scabies
from me!
mountain cuckoo


1817

don't stay long
and get caught in the ivy!
mountain cuckoo


1817

shame on you
you're all mouth!
reed warbler


1817

a face like
he's lodging a complaint...
the toad


1817

secluded house--
the wounded firefly
rushes inside


1817

at dawn he goes
nagging and grumbling...
mosquito


1817

my hut's mosquitos
go out to make a living...
moon at dusk


1817

hut's mosquitos--
my hand's done
with shooing them


1817

a sudden attack
from behind...
clever mosquito


1817

whining mosquitos
leave in a straight line...
row house


1817

evening mosquito
laughing
at my inattention


1817

will I too
have a liesurely next life?
fly on umbrella-hat


1817

the mouth that gnawed
a flea: "All praise
to Amida Buddha!"


1817

into the big river
tossing her lice...
pretty woman


1817

river at the gate--
summer's first bonito
look fresh enough to swim away


1817

firewood shed--
a hollyhock stretches high
to take a look


1817

just stretch high--
my hollyhock, you can't see
the festival!


1817

stretch, hollyhock!
you can't see the festival
at all


1817

covered with trash--
a hollyhock
still blooming


1817

move aside
horseflies and bees!
lotuses are blooming


1817

in a place
where no light flickers
the perfect lotus


1817

a little child
smoking a pipe...
ripened wheat


1817

at the field's edge
sake for sale...
ripened wheat


1817

curled up to sleep--
his pillow
a muskmelon


1817

cooling the white umbrella-hat
just a tad...
tree shade


1817

deep shade--
the fasting dog
rolls and rolls


1817

feeling for the tobacco tray
with my feet...
a cold night


1817

digging a tea cake
out of the hearth...
a cold night


1817

beards of grasses
stuck-up they stand...
a cold night


1817

the cricket
cranks up the volume...
a cold night


1817

putting the rice tub's
raincoat on...
a cold night


1817

dyeing the hands
indigo blue...
the cold night


1817

the blabbering fool
pokes out his nose to sniff...
a cold night


1817

on one side
a sleep talker...
a cold night


1817

in mountain chill
under his reed mat
curled to sleep


1817

mountain chill--
in the rice cake tub
a katydid sings


1817

a chill comes down the mountain
a chill comes up...
night in my hut


1817

red clouds--
above the butterfly too
autumn dusk


1817

don't cry, geese!
your inn is wherever
the autumn moon shines


1817

harvest moon--
plume grass tossed
in the offering box


1817

restless sleep--
tea cakes in the hut
for Ninth Month moon


1817

autumn rain--
the weaned pony
begins his journey


1817

thatched hut--
everything drenched
by the autumn rain


1817

the tobacco
has a green smell...
autumn wind


1817

autumn wind--
tomorrow they throw you away
old woman


1817

autumn wind--
the back sitting room's door
half open


1817

in autumn wind
a homeless crow
is blown


1817

completely empty
the main temple...
autumn wind


1817

autumn wind--
walking along the valley's cliff
my shadow


1817

how much
for two quarts?
pearls of dew


1817

happiness--
this year's dewdrops too
in my hot bath


1817

look! old women
getting thrown away...
dew in the grass


1817

a samisen plucking
gently, gently...
dewy lotuses


1817

silver dewdrops--
without fussing
become round


1817

with Buddha's peace
I gaze upon it...
dewy grass


1817

this year too
with crazy dewdrops...
boiled rice


1817

this crazy dewdrop world
so good!
better than good!


1817

it's a dewdrop world
surely it is...
yes... but...


1817

one by one
collecting dewdrops...
brewing tea


1817

become Priest Tokuhon's
prayer to Buddha...
dew on stone


1817

round dewdrops
crooked dewdrops...
all very busy


1817

on my scrawny vegetables
it glitters too...
autumn dew


1817

my hut--
where even beads of dew
are bent


1817

my hut--
the humungous dewdrops
make me proud


1817

a little orphan
dancing the Bon dance!
singing the Bon song!


1817

this moon--
Bon dances ended
yesterday


1817

a good world!
a hurried Bon dance
a shining moon


1817

a good rain--
two-penny fireworks
in the night


1817

a tree filled
with clinging people...
sumo match


1817

newly made
the mountain scarecrow
is a wonder


1817

a cowherd--
his flute and evening's
cloth-pounding mingle


1817

seeing that I'm old
he starts pounding cloth...
nearby


1817

growing old--
nearby cloth-pounding
better than distant


1817

utterly rhythmless
at my house!
evening cloth-pounding


1817

impaling its prey
the shrike too...
guardian god festival


1817

rising smoke
rising snipe, even a man
is rising


1817

a snipe flies--
suddenly the evening
is ancient


1817

a snipe flies--
in the evening a samisen
is plucked


1817

the newly arrived goose
stands on one leg...
deep in thought


1817

green insect
and brown insect...
night in my hut


1817

in the paper lantern
for a quick chirp...
green insect


1817

among the insects
not a single old voice
is heard


1817

don't cry, insects!
we're all headed
for the same exit


1817

trusting in a man's
twists and turns...
autumn butterfly


1817

in the whirlwind
like sticky rice cakes...
autumn butterflies


1817

departing for the festival
all in red
dragonfly


1817

getting drenched
with big, blinking eyes...
dragonfly


1817

just for fun
the locust goes swimming...
lake


1817

a quick dip
in the lake...
locust


1817

catching a ride
on the ditch water...
locust


1817

little straw mat--
on the mountain of rice
katydid


1817

on one side
the sound of the piss pot...
on the other, a katydid


1817

how annoying!
among chrysanthemums too
the nobles win


1817

chrysanthemums bloom--
the mountain's head, too
turns white


1817

the war lord
has pull...
chrysanthemum contest


1817

if it weren't for people
they'd not grow crooked...
chrysanthemums


1817

losing the contest
surprise! the lord's chrysanthemum
won


1817

used to losing
I'm peaceful, calm...
chrysanthemum


1817

my chrysanthemum--
she faces the direction
she chooses


1817

crushed
by morning glories...
my door


1817

little Tama River
go ahead, bloom here!
bush clover


1817

my hut--
in the bamboo, a crow
in the bush clover, a cat


1817

don't block it!
the mountain's buckwheat
blooming white


1817

Shinano road--
blooming buckwheat's whiteness
makes me shiver


1817

buckwheat blooming--
that whiteness
makes me shiver


1817

fatten the belly
of Tokuhon!
buckwheat blossoms


1817

Hayayama
has turned all white...
blooming buckwheat


1817

each and every one
has come to blossom...
sun-warmed rice


1817

quickly stuffing
the temple gong...
red leaves


1817

my child
shoulders the load...
paulownia leaf


1817

with a singing cicada
softly...
one leaf falls


1817

my hut's persimmons
even in a bumper crop year...
laughable


1817

overturning the cold
of morning...
roses of Sharon


1817

for generations
from this poor hedge...
roses of Sharon


1817

encircling the house
that emits no smoke...
roses of Sharon


1817

the big chestnut
shares his prickly home
with a worm


1817

chestnuts not gathered
crunching
crunching


1817

two kids--
"Divide those chestnuts
about evenly!"


1817

mushroom gathering--
but the children
got them all first


1817

the hand that made
a butt-print rice cake...
picks a mushroom


1817

from on her back
a child's voice...
"Mushroom!"


1817

one serving
on my house pillar too...
mushrooms


1817

through the thin wall
the cold barges
in


1817

dismounting--
the cold snap hits
the servant's butt


1817

night in the hut--
the deep deep heart
of coldness


1817

a protecting charm
tied to the tree too...
winter cold


1817

down to the bone
bitter cold...
a novice priest


1817

my home village--
living in this cold
unbearable


1817

a pilgrimage
before the ice melts...
Zenkô Temple


1817

back door--
feeling in my stomach
the cracking ice


1817

one seasoning
for the one-day pickles...
ice


1817

carrying rice
while singing a ditty
crossing ice


1817

crunch crunch
chewing on ice...
tea-and-rice


1817

walking along
smoking the dregs...
thin ice


1817

reed fence--
a ball of ice
beginning to form


1817

my house's
only hand towel
frozen stiff


1817

from the tip
of the field Buddha's nose...
an icicle


1817

my house--
even the first icicle
soot-stained


1817

falling on only
three houses...
steady winter rain


1817

the stepchild's finger
in his mouth...
winter rain


1817

in winter wind
unladylike she crouches
astride the brazier


1817

winter wind--
wrapped in tree leaves
a salted fish


1817

winter wind--
wrapped in reed mats
a little house


1817

winter wind--
in the eaves an insect cage
and dried persimmons


1817

winter wind--
armed with a ruler
the little merchant


1817

the first snowfall
scratched to bits...
crows


1817

"First snowfall!"
this year the voice
is weaker


1817

first snow--
on the desktop
a snowball


1817

someday, someday--
no devilish snow
will bury the town


1817

someday, someday--
there'll be no more
talk of snow


1817

clinging fast
to my house's rear wall...
beggarly snow


1817

night work frenzy
at the big house...
snow piling up


1817

just a smidgen of light
from the snow...
latrine alley


1817

a sake bottle rolling
on the dirt floor...
morning snow


1817

we should have
seen this together...
snowy pine


1817

bottoms up
the kettles drying
on the snow


1817

parents still working
late at night...
evening snow


1817

snow falling--
a sluggish pilgrimage
to the main temple


1817

snow falling--
ready since yesterday
hot bath steam


1817

snow is falling
in Shinano...
deep in Shinano


1817

snow is falling
so back to work...
blind masseur's flute


1817

snow falling--
a crow caws at the darkness
of deep winter


1817

snowy day--
practicing writing
in the tray's ashes


1817

hailstones not welcome--
to this mountain recess
of red leaves


1817

dug out
from a hole in the post...
hailstone


1817

the child carries
her cloth monkey...
hailstones


1817

to the town's center
under a table he goes...
hailstones


1817

a winnowing basket
is the child's hat...
hailstones


1817

the first winter rain
didn't forget...
the twelfth day!


1817

olden times tug at the heart--
the Old Man's
wooden bowl


1817

after sunset
becoming authentic...
god of wealth festival


1817

naked bodies
so gingerly bathe...
cold water


1817

my hut's soot--
a storm kindly
does the sweeping


1817

my hut's soot--
just blowing it
does the job


1817

my hut's soot--
going through the motions
of sweeping it


1817

sweeping the soot
washing the fence...
sickle moon


1817

play in this soot
I swept!
gate's sparrows


1817

chickens trampling
the rice cakes...
a comedy


1817

the sound of pounding--
millet dumpling
being made


1817

the fresh rice cake
goes flying...
the dog's mouth


1817

in this world
even my kneading makes
rice cakes!


1817

pigeons and sparrows
come! come!
I've got rice cakes


1817

Fukagawa--
on a boat, too, a party
drinks away the year


1817

from the bill collector
a ladle full
of water


1817

bad at dying
the wheat is well trained...
evening's wooden drum


1817

on the road
even a cat's futon
I borrow


1817

putting on snowshoes
going outside...
for no reason


1817

the bathhouse boy
displays a holy image...
snow Buddha


1817

the puppy
chases after it...
snowball


1817

this year it doesn't reach
the hackberry tree...
my snowball


1817

mother dog
blocks with her butt...
snowball


1817

mother dog
opens it with her head...
snow shed


1817

the stray dog
opens it with his butt...
snow shed


1817

the stray dog
wriggles in head-first...
snow shed


1817

for the expert
at swatting flies...
winter seclusion


1817

pilgrims' songs
sung for nothing...
winter brazier


1817

a war lord
drenching wet, passes
my cozy brazier


1817

this vain life
what a shame...
constant brazier


1817

at first so good
a foot pushes
the foot-warmer


1817

how shameful--
with my charcoal-stained
palms...


1817

for this world
ignorant of how to write...
home village charcoal


1817

buried then
bursting to life...
charcoal flame


1817

frightfully temporary
this floating world...
charcoal on the scale


1817

a good omen--
the poorly buried
charcoal flame


1817

some priest's
wood fire burning...
solitary house


1817

a cozy wood fire--
the high priest also
takes a seat


1817

even breaking firewood
with my knee...
a feat


1817

though night is pitch black
the banked fire
works fine


1817

go ahead, laugh
prostitute on my fan!
medicinal meat


1817

why so restless
restless, restless?
little wren


1817

it's your big day
the 30th of Ninth Month!
wren


1817

a wren
on the dog's prowling route
creeps


1817

little wren
in falling rain drenched
to the bone


1817

here and there
in little meetings...
plovers


1817

going out to piss
for the hundredth time...
plovers in the night


1817

bright moon--
the plovers all buried
in the house's thatch


1817

a huge convention!
plovers
on the beach


1817

is the falling snow
medicine for your voices
plovers?


1817

winter wind too
must enter your dream...
sleeping waterfowl


1817

with red leaves
on their heads, the waterfowl
asleep


1817

chrysanthemums, too
in the withering mix...
temple road


1817

even the grasses
that stab people
clumsily wither


1817

withered grassland--
once upon a time there was
a she-demon...


1817

a battle royal
with radishes...
children


1817

sunny place--
even a willow of Edo
withers


1817

in fallen leaves
the crow who respects
his parents


1817

burying the latrine
of the lover cat...
fallen leaves


1817

red leaves fall
into the sparrow trap...
caught


1817

grass-killing frost--
a fly on the paper door
looking cute


1817

killing frost--
on the gate of my hut too
night watchman's note


1817

bad at dying
their noses say...
Zenkô Temple


1817

without you--
the grove
is just a grove


1818

oh gods
this year again I pray...
two children, please?


1818

spring is new...
twenty days
in my winter coat


1818

First Month--
even at the outcaste's porch
plum blossoms


1818

First Month--
tonight a night
of plum blossom moon


1818

crawl and laugh--
from this morning on
a two-year-old!


1818

at my feet
a bird springs up
with the spring!


1818

new spring
Yataro dies, priest Issa
is born


1818

spring has sprung--
a one-day, two-day
sickle moon


1818

with millet dumplings
a peaceful spring
rolls in


1818

morning's raindrops trace
the wrinkles of my hands...
year's first day


1818

in the storehouse
the hoe glinting...
year's first dawn


1818

at my hermitage
it starts at noon...
the year's first day


1818

year's first sunrise--
even the hoe
gets a prayer


1818

we follow our feet
to the village...
our New Year's walk


1818

bush warbler--
through a half-folded folding door
my New Year's walk


1818

a big snow--
the exit tunnel
is my lucky direction


1818

deep in Saga--
my New Year's walk
follows holes made by canes


1818

edge of a field--
my New Year's walk
follows holes made by canes


1818

lit by the New Year's
shelf...
the hoe's halo


1818

New Year's shelf--
from a dark nook
a lucky mouse


1818

my hut--
it's a crooked path
to the New Year's shelf


1818

hauled up
in the bamboo basket...
a sparrow!


1818

Little New Year's--
and the moon has deigned
to rise!


1818

Little New Year's
on the First Month's
15th day


1818

New Year's bonfire
and a New Year's snow
coming down


1818

clinging to
the eternal youth ornament
the crying child


1818

sucking on
the eternal youth ornament...
sleeping child


1818

the puppy plays
hide-and-seek...
New Year's pine


1818

Karasaki--
even from the New Year's pine
evening rain


1818

Great Japan!
even an ownerless grave
decorated with pine


1818

sleeping alone--
my New Year's pine
in evening rain


1818

chosen from
the dregs...
my New Year's pine


1818

beyond the reach
of the red horse's mouth...
New Year's rope


1818

a New Year's wreath
for the crossroads Buddha's
head


1818

don't run away!
water to douse
a 50 year-old husband


1818

no mercy
from water-dousing...
50 year-old husband


1818

imperial Japan--
even from the quince hedge
"Happy New Year!"


1818

Katsushika--
from across the river
"Happy New Year!"


1818

splish-splash
with muddy straw sandals...
"Happy New Year!"


1818

samurai street--
even from the quince thicket
"Happy New Year!"


1818

a good world--
even from the quince thicket
"Happy New Year!"


1818

tea smoke--
my year's first water
from Sumida River


1818

bathing in the
New Year's water...
my proxy the sparrow


1818

greedily using up
the year's first water...
the woman


1818

New Year's water--
I swell with pride
for these white hairs!


1818

New Year's water--
I fetched it too
with my neighbor's bucket


1818

year's first water--
sparrows in a row
with healthy faces


1818

year's first water--
the first goes to Buddha's
bucket of branches


1818

the dog chewing
the shuttlecock
comes running along


1818

the shuttlecock reaches
its edge...
crescent moon


1818

while the shuttlecock
goes tumbling...
one!


1818

begging actors--
their rice sack with a crest
from Kyoto


1818

begging actors--
blown along by an east wind
a sack of rice cakes


1818

age of the gods!
even for me a square
of rice cake soup


1818

even Kintoki
is grimacing...
rice cake soup


1818

though we say
"Happy New Year!"
rice cake soup for two


1818

Mount Fuji dawn--
a New Year's sake toast
at my lips


1818

barrier gate--
a New Year's sake toast
to Mount Fuji


1818

a New Year's toast
on his shaved head...
he goes forth


1818

a wet color
in morning's faint light...
spiced sake bag


1818

while the hot stone
in the futon cools...
picking herbs


1818

beaten out
by the women...
picking herbs


1818

the crane-shaped snow
melts drop by drop...
picking herbs


1818

two or three leaves
then calling it quits...
picking herbs


1818

the sickle moon
curls up, winter's cold
returns


1818

spring peace--
sticky rice cake snow
sticky, sticky


1818

not pouting, asleep
under an umbrella-hat...
a spring day


1818

in the long spring day
writhing in pain...
in shame


1818

a long spring day--
here too everyone's
curled asleep


1818

long spring day--
stubbornly resilient
snow in the thicket


1818

a long spring day--
his account book serves
as a pillow


1818

long spring day--
I watch them working
in the fields


1818

long spring day--
Usui mountains pressing
on my chest


1818

"It's a foolishly long
day!"...the crow opens
his mouth


1818

the day is devilishly
long!
long!


1818

plum blossoms, where?
Second Month snow
two or three feet deep


1818

plum blossoms, where?
snow falls in clumps
among the sparrows


1818

improving the mood
of the geese and ducks...
spring snow


1818

my home village--
spring snow falling
quite politely


1818

my village--
even the spring snow
two or three feet!


1818

are you finally
bidding farewell?
lingering frost


1818

the pigeon too
sings at six a.m.
spring rain


1818

dawn--
in a stone's hollow
spring rain


1818

under their parasols
crossing Mount Hakone...
spring rain


1818

deer gamboling
in the grass...
spring rain


1818

little shrine
with rice cake, of course...
spring rain


1818

no drinking, no smoking
allowed...
spring rain


1818

licking a bamboo leaf's
spring rain...
mouse


1818

from the temple's great gate
long drops from the eaves...
spring rain


1818

the hanging shelf's
azaleas bloom...
spring rain


1818

tofu under
a staff with paper streamers...
spring rain


1818

spring rain--
looking at the sea
taxman at the window


1818

spring rain--
looking at the pine
taxman at the window


1818

spring rain--
hitting the windows
that cost me so much


1818

spring rain--
backsliding gamblers
and a night sermon


1818

spring rain--
beards in a row
at the paper door


1818

spring rain--
in the window they haggle
over fish


1818

blowing from the raindrops
from the eaves...
spring wind


1818

the spring breeze
dries the horse...
field by the gate


1818

spring breeze--
a woman also crosses
Mount Hakone


1818

spring breeze--
the servant girl
has a little sword


1818

spring breeze--
after twists and turns
Hoga Bridge


1818

through snow
falling a spring breeze
is blowing


1818

a snapping turtle too
crows the time...
spring moon


1818

hazy night--
sake is flowing
waterfall and moon


1818

great lanterns
with the plum blossom crest...
out of mist


1818

into the misty field
let's go!
refreshing our souls


1818

spring mist
and falling snow...
my home mountains


1818

bleached cotton
adds to the mist...
hanging high


1818

my home village
in the spring mist, snow
is falling


1818

even in the mist
my house
is a mess


1818

possessed
by the heat shimmers...
thatched hut


1818

heat shimmers--
walking along he preaches
his sermon


1818

heat shimmers--
among grasses of the eaves
flowers


1818

city life--
even melting snow
costs money


1818

in the big river
square slabs of snow, too
float away


1818

the gate's snow
in a perfect square
flows away


1818

firewood laid out
on the eaves...
snow is melting!


1818

on the eaves
firewood and a cat...
snow is melting!


1818

the village dog
shows the river crossing
melting snow


1818

even the sparrow
gives a victory cry...
snow is melting!


1818

snow melting--
the thin children
of the slum


1818

six feet of curtain
flapping...
the snow is melting!


1818

tea smoke--
the hut's rice seedlings
turning green


1818

the rice seedlings
my hut's adornment...
so green!


1818

rice seedlings--
an old Buddha's
worn face


1818

the rice plants
I planted, five or six
so green!


1818

a confusing mix
of rain and snow...
spring equinox


1818

the west lies
on the other shore
of the road to Zenkô Temple


1818

the little gambling shack
is pounded...
spring equinox rain


1818

in my village
snow falls pit-a-pat...
spring equinox


1818

Peach Festival--
a doll of Princess Kaguya
fired in Fukakusa


1818

"Cousin Doll"
and "Grandchild Doll"
she names them


1818

little straw mat--
in the middle of a field
eating herb cakes


1818

lined up double file
the tea pickers'
ritual dance


1818

in his little bag--
rice and few
tea leaves


1818

the high priest
joins right in...
tea-picking song


1818

a fruitful year's
letter "F" burning...
Shinano mountain


1818

lit by mountain fires
floating downriver...
night boat


1818

plowing the field
crushed underfoot...
plum blossoms


1818

mountain field--
a man plows it
for the sleeping deer


1818

a plum branch in his hand
the tree-grafting apprentice
bows


1818

grafting a tree--
I might be dead
tomorrow


1818

garden's entrance--
the tree-grafting apprentice
brings the tea


1818

when three loafers
happen to meet...
grafting trees


1818

to help digest
the rice cakes, grafting
the tree


1818

the dog bows to it
with reverence...
grafted tree


1818

"A clumsy job!"
a frog laughs
at my grafted tree


1818

breakfast rice
stuck in his whiskers...
lover cat in a rush


1818

from darkness
into darkness
the lover cat


1818

though everyone knows
his secret, still
a love-crazed cat


1818

tagging along
for the meal...
the cat's lady friend


1818

a food thief
in his spare time...
lover cat


1818

foolish cat
though tethered still crying
for love


1818

the kitten
being weighed in the scales
keeps playing


1818

dejected--
even among sparrows
a stepchild


1818

sparrow parents too
bring their children...
Zenkô Temple


1818

"Watch out for that horse!
Watch out!"
mother sparrow calls


1818

looking haggard
from her baby-sitting...
sparrow at the gate


1818

bush warbler--
morning after morning
in the hackberry tree I pray to


1818

bush warbler--
the cat under the bucket
meows


1818

bush warbler--
even strutting on the fence
a song


1818

bush warbler--
after his rounds
back to my hut


1818

hey bush warbler!
from this morning on Yataro
is Issa


1818

back window--
the first bush warbler too
a blank face


1818

wafting through trees
a beggar's flute
a bush warbler's song


1818

out of the saint's
big pot...
a lark


1818

two miles to go
to Oiwake...
a skylark!


1818

on a tiny island, too
plowing
to the lark's song


1818

"Sakamoto's that way!"
says the lark and temple bell
two miles off


1818

at a tiny market's
vegetable festival...
a skylark


1818

Matsushima--
from yonder isle
another lark


1818

island of pines--
while mist turns dark
a skylark singing


1818

a man sleeping
in a straw raincoat...
the lark's wake-up call


1818

an impromptu audience
with Lord Kaga...
a pheasant


1818

a pheasant cries--
from the rice cake tub
from the wash tub


1818

a pheasant shrieks--
a blind man crawling
across a bridge


1818

a pheasant cries
in the temple room's
dead center


1818

big rain--
soaked to the skin
the returning geese


1818

are the geese yearning
to depart...
or not?


1818

geese flying north
don't neglect to stop
for my thin smoke!


1818

even wild geese
are seduced to stay...
falling rain


1818

is today a good day
to journey too?
returning geese


1818

divorcing
the pine tree...
geese on the move


1818

on what day
will you pass my village?
geese flying north


1818

on the straw lid
of the smallpox god...
a frog


1818

the moon at your feet
look!
croaking frog


1818

after the big frog
one by one
they take their seats


1818

scattering cherry blossoms--
"I'll take 'em all!"
croaks the frog


1818

standing on tiptoe
as night falls...
croaking frog


1818

tucking themselves in
under butterbur leaves...
croaking frogs


1818

scowling
at the sickle moon...
a frog


1818

festival day--
white robed monks
and a white butterfly


1818

becoming beautiful
Buddhas, butterfly
husband and wife


1818

playing with
the big cat's tail...
a little butterfly


1818

from a hole in the temple's
pulpit, swish!
little butterfly


1818

shrine fence--
on a white flower
a white butterfly


1818

separation
among butterflies too...
white gang, yellow gang


1818

a butterfly flits--
the vast blue sky
over Tiger Gate


1818

a butterfly departs--
even Shinran's pine
remembers it


1818

Tiger Gate--
bit by bit the butterfly
enters


1818

one straw mat--
a butterfly is drying
too


1818

swinging the broom
underneath, asleep
little butterfly


1818

butterfly dance--
someone plays samisen
in the little village


1818

dance, butterfly!
someone plays samisen
amid tufted grasses


1818

called "mister"
by those who raise them...
silkworms


1818

a promising sound--
silkworms in the tray
stuff themselves


1818

like people
silkworms in the tray
take a siesta


1818

the whole village
pays them court...
silkworms


1818

the whole family
serves the midnight meal
for silkworms


1818

secluded house--
the bees also memorize
the way back


1818

at the crossroads temple
usurping the bees...
sparrows


1818

bees buzzing
people grow quiet
in the temple


1818

beehive--
safe on holy Jizo's
elbow


1818

garden at the gate--
even the naughty weeds
young and fresh


1818

on baby grass
rubbing his back...
field horse


1818

using his nose
the puppy searches
the violets


1818

"From here on in
the hut's our territory!"
violets


1818

spreading tissue paper
sitting down...
violets


1818

in the little tub
in the rice cake tub...
a mustard flower blizzard


1818

now and then
the cat scratches his face...
budding tree


1818

one house
one plum tree...
a sickle moon


1818

plum blossom scent
hot bath scent, outside
a sickle moon


1818

plum blooming
even hell's cauldrons
CLOSED


1818

plum blossoms--
in the paper door
a cat's shadow


1818

plum blossoms--
all sorts of people
pass my gaze


1818

blooming plum tree
in the hut's
unlucky direction


1818

plum blossom world--
worms in straw raincoats
are here too


1818

back-alley house--
thrust out, swaying
plum in bloom


1818

with his courtier's hat
on his high horse...
plum blossoms


1818

the big horse
rubs his rump...
plum blossoms in the field


1818

holy Jizo
stretch forth your hand!
plum blossoms


1818

little boy
laugh once more!
plum blossoms


1818

tell passers-by
my door lock's broken!
plum blossoms


1818

the sickle moon
in a fine mood too...
plum blossoms!


1818

morning star--
on my hut's unlucky side
plum blossoms


1818

even the rice cake
has a seat...
plum blossoms


1818

in hot water steam
struggling to bloom...
plum blossoms


1818

unlike me
don't let the cold defeat you!
plum blossoms


1818

the palanquin bearers
are women!
blossoming mountain


1818

today for me
no blossom viewing...
feeling afraid


1818

looking ahead
to more blossom-viewing...
a bit scary


1818

a "Dismount Your Horse" sign--
the cherry blossoms'
front door


1818

all morning
to the falling blossoms...
my farts


1818

cherry blossoms scatter
on a long, long spring day...
Ojo Temple


1818

at the field's edge
a sake vendor...
glorious blossoms


1818

breaking off blossoms--
my hiccups
are cured


1818

cherry blossoms--
playing the dandy, in my mouth
an empty pipe


1818

blossoms scatter--
under every tree
a Buddha on display


1818

blossoms scatter
toward the setting sun...
Ojo Temple


1818

in a world of blossoms
wearing an umbrella-hat...
a Buddha


1818

world of blossoms--
even among the Buddhas
parents and children


1818

all day
amid the cherry blossoms
picking fights


1818

the big horse
rubs his butt
on cherry blossoms


1818

Great Japan--
on the dark blue shop-curtains
more cherry blossoms


1818

off to see cherry blossoms--
old man with kimono
tucked behind


1818

little straw mat
splashed all over...
cherry blossoms


1818

pulling up
his fishhook he looks...
at cherry blossoms!


1818

the temple guard
sick from the crowds...
cherry blossoms


1818

sensing the sound
of lacquered clogs...
cherry blossoms scatter


1818

toward lacquered clogs
cherry blossoms
scatter


1818

waking with a big
yawn...
cherry blossoms


1818

fluttering down
mulch for the field
cherry blossoms


1818

falling, falling
all over the food...
cherry blossoms


1818

on the flesh
of the yellow rose...
a frog


1818

the yellow rose
in Fourth Month's "spring"
finally dies


1818

yellow rose
don't die! until evenings
of fireflies


1818

the green willow's
friendliness rubs off
on my house


1818

penny toss gamblers
ten games at once...
willow trees


1818

even for my truly
crappy hut, now...
a green willow!


1818

"Take a shortcut though me!"
the willow
suggests


1818

here and there
though blunt and plain...
willow trees


1818

my willow tree--
not that good
at drooping


1818

summer evening--
opening the little food box
is vexing


1818

the green vine
peeks in the window...
summer heat


1818

hot day--
here too everyone
curled to sleep


1818

hot day--
a vista of toil
in the fields


1818

hot day--
the cool abacus
for a pillow


1818

hot day--
Usui mountains pressing
on my chest


1818

hot night--
the sole of my foot
on the baby


1818

so hot! so hot!
sleeping
is a chore


1818

even men turned
into horses feel it...
horrible heat


1818

the white caterpillar
on the chestnut tree...
also is hot!


1818

Shinano road's mountains
bearing down...
the heat!


1818

what an absurdly
long day it is...
the heat!


1818

vipers live
in this grass, I've heard...
summer heat


1818

in the cool air
like Amida Buddha...
cross-legged


1818

in the cool air
like Gautama Buddha...
cross-legged


1818

cool air--
playing a reed pipe
clipped this morning


1818

cool air--
beyond the village
the prayed-for rain


1818

cool air--
digging up moss
on Mount Izuna


1818

cool air--
immeasurably strange
at the rear of house


1818

cool air--
though hungry and poor
content


1818

life in a back room--
a three-foot hole
for June rain


1818

June rain--
I stare a hole through
the house pillar


1818

June rain--
taking his seat on a rock
a toad


1818

June rain--
an incense stick stuck
in the tobacco tray


1818

June rain--
in a rain barrel
irises


1818

a rubbish heap matches
the back of the house...
June rain


1818

Mr. Toad's sour
stone Buddha face...
June rain


1818

Mr. Toad are you doing
your stone Buddha impression?
June rain


1818

round kiln--
looking through the hole
at June rain


1818

a bathhouse boy
does Zen facing a wall...
June rain


1818

remote village--
on top of the darkness
June rain


1818

quite a cloudburst
yet none-the-less...
moon in the pine


1818

three days waiting
for this cloudburst...
three drops


1818

darting to the beat
of the downpour...
a swallow


1818

rainstorm--
two or three cups, now
drink up! drink up!


1818

rainstorm--
bare-chested with a little
sake cup


1818

gliding through the cloudburst
so cleverly...
swallows


1818

the floating cloud
pushes up peaks
with ease


1818

on my sleeping mat
counting with my feet...
billowing clouds


1818

evening bell--
even the clouds convene
at the temple


1818

how good
to see a pagoda!
billowing clouds


1818

big river--
pouring into my sake cup
the summer moon


1818

summer mountain--
an excessively polite
red flower


1818

wanting to lick
the birthday Buddha...
crying child


1818

anointing the heads
of children too...
Buddha's birthday tea


1818

Buddha amid birthday flowers--
even the moon
deigns to rise


1818

the ordinary bee
struts like a peacock...
Buddha's birthday flowers


1818

Buddha's Fourth Month
Eighth Day...
red flowers


1818

the Buddha
even in beggar-town
is born


1818

wrapped in a knot
'round the tree at my gate...
summer banner


1818

briefly a swallow
clings to it...
summer banner


1818

even the cormorants
on holiday today...
festival


1818

the mother cormorant
cries at the gate
"Come home!"


1818

she answers "How old?"
with one hand...
summer kimono


1818

"She has lucky ears"
her mother says...
summer kimono


1818

how delightful--
my sweat-soaked
bathrobe!


1818

sleeping late
under my mosquito net...
call of the tofu vendor


1818

with elbows propped
on his abacus...
a siesta


1818

spread-eagle arms
legs opened wide...
siesta


1818

siesta work
for the stepchild...
picking brother's fleas


1818

singing a song
and slapping his butt...
with a fan


1818

covering his face
curled up to sleep...
a paper fan


1818

the great demoness
flits and flutters...
paper fan


1818

when it's in hand
I want to promenade...
paper fan


1818

growing old--
a sooty paper fan
works fine


1818

from the second floor
she peers at me too!
paper fan


1818

over the rented room's
threshold...
smudge pot smoke


1818

the puppy guards
my pipe-lighting tool...
evening cool


1818

scooping up the ocean
in my hands...
evening cool


1818

making the doll
sell rice cakes...
evening cool


1818

straw mat marks
on my cheek...
a cool breeze


1818

the main temple's roof
dripping long raindrops...
evening cool


1818

I sit too
at the rice planters'
dinner tray


1818

someone else's child
just ten or thereabouts...
rice-planting song


1818

back from his journey
into the saddle...
rice-planting horse


1818

in boiled wheat
and rice...
hibiscus blossoms


1818

bats flying--
for the well coifed woman in her forties too
a new summer robe


1818

don't let the rain
escape to Ishiyama!
cuckoo


1818

the sky painted
with washed-out ink...
"Cuckoo!"


1818

on the great flood's
100th anniversary...
"Cuckoo!"


1818

once again summoning
Karasaki's rain...
the cuckoo


1818

the juggler's red
sleeve cord...
and a cuckoo


1818

Jiro, go to sleep!
the foolish cuckoo
sings too much


1818

for pure white flowers
it's the Fourth Month...
"Cuckoo!"


1818

my eight-penny azaleas
are blooming...
"Cuckoo!"


1818

the cuckoo
breaking in, shuts
me up


1818

oh cuckoo--
don't disdain
these poor ears!


1818

what a racket--
chase him! chase him!
cuckoo


1818

don't go! don't go!
these are my friends
a mountain cuckoo


1818

the fat toad
posing like a hermit...
backyard thicket


1818

croaking toad
and wheat-straw whistle...
call and response


1818

by way of welcome
a sacred branch floating too...
firefly flits


1818

voices calling
here and there, perplexing
the firefly


1818

one swarm
comes from Ishiyama...
fireflies


1818

round and round
a perk for the carriage...
fireflies


1818

when we quarrel
out you go!
first firefly


1818

fly, firefly!
to this rustic, as-it-is
house of mine


1818

in the west
battling like ancients monks
fireflies


1818

does my sleeping mat
look rustic?
flitting firefly


1818

sleeping mat--
rain drips, drops
a firefly takes off


1818

the first firefly
deftly swerves away...
wind from my hand


1818

first firefly--
without sideways glance
passes by


1818

haunted Ban Town--
with all his might
a firefly flits away


1818

firefly lights--
a turtle not called for
close at hand


1818

smack in the middle
of the Old Quarter...
fireflies


1818

big town--
without sideways glance
a firefly flits away


1818

on my sleeve
catching his breath...
worn-out firefly


1818

swatting prayer beads
at a pesky mosquito...
memorial service


1818

a mosquito whines--
an old keg
my pillow


1818

from the third column
of the mosquito swarm...
a sickle moon


1818

mosquito column--
unbroken from here
to the field


1818

since you came
mosquito, have some too...
bedtime sake


1818

too much sake--
the mosquito's crazy
clamor


1818

from the outdoor shrine's
bottle of offered sake...
a mosquito


1818

forming columns
and such is playtime...
for mosquitos


1818

from one then two
the mosquito swarm...
builds


1818

stumbling down
dead drunk...
the mosquito


1818

quite a crowd
packed in the main temple...
mosquitos


1818

main temple mosquitos--
my nail
can hardly crack them


1818

straight up and down--
the mosquitos swarm
a column


1818

getting up--
at the river beach I send
fleas flying


1818

child's fleas--
it's leisure time work
picking them


1818

she counts flea bites
while her child
suckles


1818

chasing the flea--
the child
bursts into tears


1818

the stepchild's chore--
during baby's midday nap
picking fleas


1818

upside-down
the bucket's drying day...
winged ants flying


1818

oh great peony
don't disdain
this poor neighborhood!


1818

by itself
the head is bowing...
peony!


1818

its shadow, too
seven feet away...
the peony


1818

"The peony is this big!"
the child's arms
outstretched


1818

I lay my sake cup
on top for a moment...
peony


1818

shaded by the
samurai's umbrella...
the peony


1818

I call Mr. Toad
"Lucky" too...
peony


1818

where piss dribbles,
dribbles down...
irises


1818

an old-time dawn
for the old post...
irises


1818

the long skinny snake's
Shinto shrine...
irises


1818

black ears too
bustling in the world...
wheat field


1818

my home village--
even where people sleep
this year's bamboo


1818

my gate's hedge--
no flourishing
of fresh green


1818

splish-splash
the white wall washed...
by fresh leaves


1818

so carefully rolled
by a bug...
new green leaf


1818

the bridge guard's bucket
upside-down to dry...
fresh leaves


1818

new leaves forming--
in the town a drought
of men


1818

straw sandals and insects
dangling...
deep tree shade


1818

in the wash basin
in the rice cake tub...
a deutzia blossom blizzard


1818

"A man"
is registered at the inn...
a cold night


1818

secluded house--
keeping out night's cold
a patchwork fence


1818

the good-for-nothing priest
is used to it...
a cold night


1818

practicing writing
in the tray's ashes...
a cold night


1818

a weasel sports
with the shrine's guard...
a cold night


1818

with a lantern
crossing the shady thicket...
a cold night


1818

two miles to go
to Oiwake...
autumn dusk


1818

in her cave the demon sleeps--
from morning on
autumn's last day


1818

rice cooking water
glug-glug...
autumn dusk


1818

stowed in the alcove
walking stick, straw sandals...
autumn dusk


1818

one, two, three, four
counting the firewood...
autumn dusk


1818

my house
just two miles more...
autumn dusk


1818

autumn evening--
even in the watchman's shack out back
festival guests


1818

into the Kiso Mountains
it flows...
Milky Way


1818

a little boy
shows another child...
Milky Way


1818

little straw mat--
in the kettle slantwise
Milky Way


1818

the turtle and moon
merge...
Sumida River


1818

the little post
gets a scrubbing too...
Bon Festival moon


1818

the beards of grasses
in a mood for rain...
night before the harvest moon


1818

they call this rain
the master...
tonight's moon


1818

harvest moon night--
but prayed-for rain
in the mountains


1818

harvest moon night--
but someone
prayed for rain


1818

harvest moon night--
but the village
prayed for rain


1818

in a slice
of harvest moonlight...
reed-thatched house


1818

harvest moon--
draining into the highway
rice field water


1818

harvest moon--
the fluttering sails
of nagashi barrels


1818

purification font--
thrown in a corner
the Ninth Month moon


1818

clear fall weather--
with burdens they cross
Mount Hakone


1818

unaware
of the clear fall weather...
layman


1818

a pilgrim rides by
on a horse...
clear fall weather


1818

just for fun
a game of cards...
clear fall weather


1818

on the lightning-scorched
mountain...
autumn rain


1818

autumn wind--
the new beggar's
small voice


1818

autumn wind
on the mulberry leaves
left unplucked


1818

up to today
above people's heads...
dew drips down


1818

to enlightened eyes
Buddha's bones?
dewdrops in the grass


1818

"Silver dewdrops
are that way, man!"
a crow calling


1818

dewdrops scatter--
from here on nights
will be long


1818

dewdrops scatter--
beyond this life
is Buddha's promise


1818

dew drips softly--
no lingering, not even
for a while


1818

without Buddha's law
no glitter...
dewdrops in the grass


1818

ten thousand lanterns
or just one poor one...
dew dripping down


1818

lightning flash--
suddenly three people
face to face


1818

lightning flash--
not giving a damn
the toad's face


1818

seaside temple--
the room in the fog
grows faint


1818

foggy rain
foggy nights, foggy days...
my hut


1818

divine wind--
digging up moss
on the autumn mountain


1818

the Buddha also
with umbrella-hat...
crossroads dance


1818

bald heads in a row...
greeting the stars
of Tanabata


1818

chirr-chirr! insects also
work their looms...
stars of Tanabata


1818

wildflowers stuck
in an earthen mortar...
Tanabata stars


1818

Tanabata night--
someone's blooming pink
is rustling


1818

sucking on the
mulberry leaf poem...
the crawling child


1818

though made of paper
a mulberry leaf poem...
for the festival


1818

reaching the bedroom
of the Star Couple...
smudge pot smoke


1818

suddenly a crowd
for the sumo match...
moon at the gate


1818

staggering
I'm the scarecrow's
replacement


1818

the dragonflies'
resort spot...
the scarecrow


1818

evening falls--
me and a scarecrow
just us two


1818

draining the rice field--
farewell! farewell!
farewell!


1818

draining the rice field--
a loach also
climbs the rapids


1818

evening cloth-pounding--
the neighbor's
neighbor


1818

that's my house
about two miles away...
evening cloth-pounding


1818

my hut, two miles
from where you're pounding
cloth


1818

slurping up flour
from the parched rice...
just for luck


1818

two young deer
side by side...
a duet


1818

a shrike sings--
seven days of sermons
one fart


1818

the snipe hunter's
ugly face slapped...
by a storm


1818

Isozaki--
wild geese descend
even into a kettle!


1818

autumn's first geese--
five people enroute
to Zenkô Temple


1818

the caged insect
sings a love song
to his wife


1818

cicada, from morning on
its ruckus...
mountain home


1818

leaving my shoulder
for the Buddha's...
dragonfly


1818

a good world!
crickets ring
a black kite wheels


1818

spreading a straw mat
at the gate's field...
a locust lands


1818

avoiding the sweep
of the sickle's blade...
a deft locust


1818

a quick song
inside the lantern...
katydid


1818

the katydid
in the paper bag...
still singing


1818

the champion chrysanthemum
down the war lord's lane
returns


1818

chrysanthemum garden--
only women
on the one bench


1818

smelling like sake
smelling like piss
chrysanthemums


1818

getting used
to to voices of Edo...
chrysanthemum


1818

the losing chrysanthemum
punished...
in a corner


1818

mountain temple--
even sweet tea cakes
chrysanthemum-shaped


1818

the chrysanthemum
I call "good"
I eat


1818

rain splashing
the morning glories...
my pillow


1818

morning glories
have bloomed darkly...
but my hair...


1818

morning glory--
one inch from its tip
darkness


1818

morning glories--
all praise to Ah...
Ahhhh!


1818

hidden in trees
the white morning glory's
demure face


1818

world of man--
a new morning glory
blooms in bondage


1818

in a little nook
acting stuck-up...
maiden flower


1818

after the harvest
finding a rice stalk...
Praise Buddha!


1818

wagtails march through
sucking them up...
rice gleanings


1818

even beyond
the boundaries of Japan...
rice gleanings


1818

dropped by the
foraging birds...
rice gleanings


1818

the new hay is soft
so soft...
a pleasant snooze


1818

rugged mountain--
even its grasses
are sumo wrestlers


1818

Kyoto man--
a red leaf worn
on his head


1818

even on a tree
one inch tall...
red leaves


1818

the pony stretches
its mouth...
red persimmon leaves


1818

down it comes
with a frog rider...
the leaf


1818

one leaf at a time
falling, bumps...
priest's bald head


1818

one leaf in the winnowing basket
two in the rice cake tub...
a busy tree


1818

deep inside
the chestnut's burr...
such beauty


1818

surrendering it
to my child...
chestnut ladle


1818

fallen chestnuts--
the crow gets first
dibs


1818

praying over a meal
of mountain chestnuts...
Kyoto


1818

mountain temple--
on tatami mats, gathering
chestnuts


1818

on the 29th day
of Twelfth Month, too...
a sunset


1818

"a man"
registers at the inn...
a cold night


1818

from behind
it must look cold...
my head


1818

spotting wolf shit--
the grass
is so cold!


1818

steadily growing
on the nape of my neck...
winter cold


1818

even to my
biased eyes it's a cold
head!


1818

even to my
biased eyes it's a cold
shadow!


1818

pissing a perfect
circle...
a cold night


1818

clang! bang!
this year of suffering
ends with a bell


1818

sunset's bell
finishes it off...
year's last day


1818

secluded house--
even on the year's last day
evening snow


1818

curling to sleep--
but first ending this year, too
with a toast


1818

hurling insults
at the traveler...
first winter rain


1818

a blind child--
to his right, to his left
steady winter rain


1818

after pissing
rinsing the hands...
slanting winter rain


1818

even the pigeons
are grumbling...
winter rain


1818

the first snowfall
caps it...
the piss pot


1818

the first snowfall
adds to the stack...
huts' firewood


1818

first snowfall--
"A B C D E F..."
she practices


1818

first snow--
and now a temple
pilgrimage


1818

dark night--
the first snowflakes
hit my neck


1818

inside soot
is drip-dripping...
evening snow


1818

day after day
big snow, little snow...
one or the other


1818

snow falling--
a dog passes through
the temple's great gate


1818

to the rhythm
of the blizzard
washing rice


1818

going nuts in hailstones
crashing down...
a fox


1818

in the pockets
in the sleeves...
hailstones!


1818

at my gate
a flawless little patch...
morning frost


1818

my proxy bathes
in the cold water...
sparrow


1818

soot sweeping--
toward the rising sun I aim
my nostrils


1818

from the great bronze
Buddha's nose...
soot-sweeping


1818

a chubby girl
offered pickles...
soot sweeping


1818

dimly seen
in the dawn light...
a sooty face


1818

Edo's world--
women also
are Twelfth Month singers


1818

at my gate
slipping so skillfully...
a Twelfth Month singer


1818

Twelfth Month singers--
their butts facing
Sumida River


1818

performing
behind a waterfall...
Twelfth Month singers


1818

secluded house--
even for a palm-sized rice cake
a commotion


1818

flat rice cake--
a child uses it
as a big fan


1818

world at peace--
even at a shack in a burnt field
a rice cake commotion


1818

in a stand of trees
pounding rice cakes...
evening moon


1818

Yamanote--
slurping coarse tea
drinking away the year


1818

slipping on
the demon-expelling beans...
crying child


1818

lugging his snow sled
up the slope...
little child


1818

a little nap
by his brazier...
Fushimi boat


1818

to have to sleep
like this...
without my brazier


1818

asleep on deck
by his brazier...
Fushimi boat


1818

the mere mention
of winter's first snow...
lighting my brazier


1818

a boat all ready
for snow to fall...
a brazier


1818

night storm--
he huddles by a brazier
on a Fushimi boat


1818

at Iozaki
pheasants rise and go...
charcoal bags


1818

in the mud
trampled so quickly...
empty charcoal bag


1818

entrusting it to young folk
I sleep...
cozy wood fire


1818

singing to the dawn
the plovers too...
Shubi Pine


1818

trampling the bridge watchman's
kettle lid...
a singing plover


1818

blooms of plume
grass scatter...
so cold to the eye


1818

my thought
the tree would never wither
was wrong


1818

remembering how it was
with yearning...
bare winter plum


1818

it's hard to find
any red ones...
fallen leaves


1818

elsewhere too
red ones hard to find...
fallen leaves


1818

winter withering--
the crow respects
his parents


1818

even the mosquito swarm
here and there...
frost-killed


1818

grass-killing frost--
a