Naviarhaiku191 – Springtime in Edo

Takarai Kikaku was one of the most accomplished disciples of Matsuo Bashō, famous also for writing a manuscript describing his master’s final days, and the immediate aftermath of his death.

The haiku I chose for this week’s challenge was used as the opening poem of a renku (collaborative linked poem) written by a group of international haiku writers to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his death.

Seven days to make music inspired by Kikaku’s poem. More info at


Deadline:  6th September 2017

Haiku by Takarai Kikaku

Picture by Tim de Groot