naviarhaiku417 – on New Year’s Day

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


As customary, the final haiku of the year is by Kobayashi Issa. I just discovered New Year’s Day was the first day of spring in the old Japanese calendar, and it generally fell on February.

Among the four great masters of Japanese haiku, Issa was the most prolific: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun. If you want to find out more about this prolific author I suggest you check out this database of his haiku.

Seven days to make music in response to the assigned haiku: to participate visit

Deadline: 5th January 2021

haiku by Kobayashi Issa

picture by Kumiko SHIMIZU

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