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Learn Japanese From Masaoka Shiki

Masaoka Shiki was one of the best Japanese poets; his real name was Masaoka Tsunenori. He was born in Matsuyama, in present-day Ehime Prefecture in 1867, one year before the Meiji revolution. He belonged to a humble samurai family; his father was Masaoka Hyata, who died when he was 5 years old. While Masaoka Shiki was still a child, he began to write prose and poetry; some years later, he studied Japanese Literature and poetry in the Tokyo Imperial University. Although, he died at the early age of 35 years due to tuberculosis, Shiki composed over 25,500 haiku in his short life.

Some of his most important work is:

  • Dassai sho-oku haiwa.
  • Haikai taiy\F4.
  • Haijin buson.
  • Masaoka shiki shu.
  • Shiki zensh\FB.
  • Basho zatsudan.

Poem 50

chiru hana ni

motsururu tori no

tsubasa kana

mugi maki ya

tabane agetaru

kuwa no eda

matsu sugi ya kareno no

naka no Fudodo

Entangled with the

scattering cherry blossoms\85

the wings of birds!

Wheat sowing\85

the mulberry trees

lift bunched branches

Pine and cypress: in a

withered field, a shrine to Fudo

Poem 93

matsu no ha no

hosoki hagoto ni

oku tsuyu no

chitsuyu mo yura ni

tama mo koborezu

matsu no ha no

hasaki o hosomi

oku tsuyu no

tamari mo aezu

shiratama chiru mo

matsu no ha no

ha goto ni musubu

shiratsuyu no

okite wa kobore

koborete wa oku

On the pine needles,

each of the slender needles,

a dewdrop rest\85

a thousand pearls lie

quivering, yet never fall

The tips of the pine

needles, so thin...

no sooner

does the dew collect

than white pearls scatter

To every needle of the

needled pine it clings\85

the pearl white dew,

forming but to scatter,

scattering but to form

Poem 100

kobai no

chirinu sabishiki

makura moto

kobai no

rakka o tsumamu

tatami kana

kame ni sasu

fuji no hanabusa

mijikakereba

tatami no ue ni

todokazarikeri

crimson plum blossoms

scattered over the loneliness

of the bed...

fallen petals of

the crimson plum I pluck

from the tatami

wisteria

in the vase

so short

it doesn't touch

the floor


Author: Ichika
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