Purest of poems, a haiku contains in its seventeen syllables a seasonal allusion as well as a distinct pause or shift. Cherry blossoms and swallows mean spring; red maple leaves and deer convey autumn. Nature and its ephemeral beautyåÑthis is haiku. Japanese woodblock artists have often drawn their water from the same wells of creativity used by haiku poets. A pleasure boat on a moonlit lake, a dozing bird beside a turning leafåÑit should surprise no one that Basho, greatest of haiku poets, was an accomplished painter.
Paired here are haikus old and new, and prints from the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.
This notecard collection contains 5 each of the following images:
Spring Rain at Matsushima, 1936, by Tsuchiya Koitsu
Water Lilies, c. 1930's, by Hishimura Hodo
Monkey Bridge in Kai Porvince, 1853-1856 by Ando Hiroshige
Blue Birds at Night, early 20th century, by Watanabe Seitei (Shotei)
This notecard collection contains 20 notecards (5 each of 4 images) and 20 Envelopes.
Card Dimensions: 7 x 5 inches