rain

Summer rain—
on cloud-covered cliffs,
willow trees!

Sōchō

duty

To cherry blooms I come,
and under the blossoms go to sleep
no duties to be done!

Taniguchi Buson

sun

The sun goes down—
but evening light remains
in the leaves.

Nijō Yoshimoto

way

Which way to turn?
Winds in the autumn leaves,
snow in the pines.

Nijō Yoshimoto

mount kōya

On a thatched roof
it makes no sound at all—
autumn rain.

Gusai

image

Beneath a tree,
autumn wind shows itself
in a single leaf.

Junkaku

music

Sparrows in eaves,
mice in ceiling –
celestial music.

Matsuo Bashō

autumn

On the dead limb
squats a crow –
autumn night.

Matsuo Bashō

night

Now cat’s done
mewing, bedroom’s
touched by moonlight.

Matsuo Bashō

moon magic

Leading me along,
my shadow goes back home
from looking at the moon.

Yamaguchi Sodō