Basho’s anniversary


Basho’s Death-Day–
what are you chattering
sparrows at my gate?

Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue.

Today, the 12th day of the tenth month, is the death anniversay of the “Old Man”, aka Basho. According to David G. Lanoue, this anniversary is also called “Winter Rain Anniversary” (shigure ki) and “Bashô’s Anniversary” (bashôki).

In my cartoon, I imagine that the sparrows are actually paying an hommage to Basho by reciting his poem “Matsushima, ah!” on his anniversary.


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