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Haiku by Issa:

little snail

slowly, slowly

climbs Mount Fuji

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Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827)

Issa lived a tough life. When his father died, his stepmother kicked him out of the house and he wandered for many years.

Kobayashi Issa loved writing haiku about animals and small creatures such as fleas, flies, and mice, which makes him one of the favorite Japanese haiku poets, especially for children.

I love illustrating Issa's haiku. Each small creature becomes a character in Old Pond Comics: the fly, the butterfly, the goose, the snail who climbed Mount Fuji and proves you are never too small to live a big adventure.

Enjoy these comics inspired by Issa's haiku.

Haiku-comicscome, with each other let's play / little sparrow / without any mother (Issa)

 

 

Come! With each other

let's play little sparrow

without any mother!

- Kobayashi Issa

 


 

Haiku about snails

 

While I'm gone / you and the nightingale are in charge my snail -- Kobayashi Issa (Translated by David G. Lanoue)

 

little snail facing this way where to now? (a haiku by Kobayashi Issa illustrated by Old Pond Comics)

 

In evening moonlight, going bare chested... snail (a haiku by Issa illustrated by Old Pond Comics)

 

 

 

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Haiku about butterflies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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all the day teasing

the horse's ear

little butterfly

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

 

 

The fawn
Shakes off the butterfly,
And sleeps again.

-Kobayashi Issa, Trad. R.H. Blyth

 


 

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riding piggy-back

a butterfly too is a pilgrim...

Zenko Temple

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 

 

 


 

Haiku about dragonflies

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"have you come" was published in The Bulletin (October 2014)

 

have you come

to save us haiku poets?

red dragonfly

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 

 


 

The distant mountains are reflected in the eye of the dragonfly (Issa).

the distant mountains

are reflected in the eye

of the dragonfly

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

Haiku about cats

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spring rain -

a child gives a dance lesson

to the cat

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


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ten kitten

ten

different colors

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 


 

Haiku about flies and insects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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while I'm away

enjoy your lovemaking

hut's flies

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


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swatting a fly

on Buddha's holy

head

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Even with insects-

some can sing,

some can't

- Kobayashi Issa (The Essential Haiu, Tr. Robet Hass, 1994)

 

 


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green insect

and brown insect...

a duet

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

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"It's cold!" was published in The Bulletin (September 2014)

 

"It's cold!"

the insects' complaining

has begun

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 


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a katydid

in the scarecrow's gut

singing

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

 

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pointing

at the fart bug...

laughing Buddha

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


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on the tip

of Buddha's nose...

a fart bug

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Haiku about birds

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the mountain crow

laughs at the branch

I grafted

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

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"first snowfall" was published in The Bulletin (December 2014)

 

first snowfall -

in a splendid mood

Sir Crow

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

the year's first snow

all trampled

by the crows

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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spring begins -

sparrows at my gate

with healthy faces

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

a talented one
posed on one foot...
rice field geese

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 


 

Haiku about frogs

 

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stone still

for the smelling horse...

a frog

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 


 

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a masterly climb

to the top of the peony...

frog

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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morning cold -

the toad's eyes to

open wide

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

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midwinter bathing -

his head, the moon

in the water

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


If a thief comes, change into frogs, cooling melons (a haiku by Kobayashi Issa illustrated by Old Pond Comics)

If a thief comes, change into frogs -- cooling melons (Kobayashi Issa)

 


 

 

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a confusing mix

of rain and snow...

sping equinox

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

Haiku about flowers

 

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just being alive

I

and the poppy

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

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watered by

the village dog...

chrysanthemum

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue, haikuguy.com/issa)

 


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dangling in

the yellow roses

the bull's balls

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

 

Haiku about winter

 

 

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mushrooms congregate

on the tree stump...

winter rain

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

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sitting room -

a crow drops

a snowball

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

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the last snow pile -

even the sparrows

make fun of it

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 

 


 

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the nightingale follows

his mother...

first winter rain

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

 

 

 

Haiku about Dew

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simply trust! trust!

dewdrops spilling

down

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

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"I will have nothing more to do

With this sordid worlds,"

ANd the dew rolls away.

- Kobayashi Issa (Haiku, R.H. Blyth, Hokuseido Press, 1984, p. 970)

 


Various haiku

Autumn

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

Summer

 

 

 

 

 

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If you jump flea

jump

on the lotus

- Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

 


 

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