Basho's thoughts on...
• Woman Central: Basho Honors Women and Girls

• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story:
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Poetry and Music
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time
• Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句
• BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)
• New Articles


Matsuo Basho 1644~1694

The only substantial
collection in English
of Basho's renku, tanka,
letters and spoken word
along with his haiku, travel
journals, and essays.

The only poet in old-time
literature who paid attention with praise
to ordinary women, children, and teenagers
in hundreds of poems

Hundreds upon hundreds of Basho works
(mostly renku)about women, children,
teenagers, friendship, compassion, love.

These are resources we can use to better
understand ourselves and humanity.

Interesting and heartfelt
(not scholarly and boring)
for anyone concerned with
humanity.


“An astonishing range of
social subject matter and
compassionate intuition”


"The primordial power
of the feminine emanating
from Basho's poetry"


Hopeful, life-affirming
messages from one of
the greatest minds ever.

Through his letters,
we travel through his mind
and discover Basho's
gentleness and humanity.

I plead for your help in
finding a person or group
to take over my 3000 pages of Basho material,
to edit and improve the material, to receive 100%
of royalties, to spread Basho’s wisdom worldwide
and preserve for future generations.

Quotations from Basho Prose


The days and months are
guests passing through eternity.
The years that go by
also are travelers.



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
the water with movement
calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


Seek not the traces
of the ancients;
seek rather the
places they sought.



Basho Spoken Word


Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
is the very worst disease
a poet can have."


“The skillful have a disease;
let a three-foot child
get the poem"


"Be sick and tired
of yesterday’s self."


"This is the path of a fresh
lively taste with aliveness
in both heart and words."
.

"In poetry is a realm
which cannot be taught.
You must pass through it
yourself. Some poets have made
no effort to pass through, merely
counting things and trying
to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
and the heart’s
immediacy is lost.
What is made from
the heart is good;
the product of words
shall not be preferred."


"We can live without poetry,
yet without harmonizing
with the world’s feeling
and passing not through
human feeling, a person
cannot be fulfilled. Also,
without good friends,
this would be difficult."


"Poetry benefits
from the realization
of ordinary words."


"Many of my followers
write haiku equal to mine,
however in renku is the
bone marrow of this old man."


"Your following stanza
should suit the previous one as an expression
of the same heart's connection."


"Link verses the way
children play."


"Make renku
ride the Energy.
Get the timing wrong,
you ruin the rhythm."


"The physical form
first of all must be graceful
then a musical quality
makes a superior verse."

"As the years passed
by to half a century.
asleep I hovered
among morning clouds
and evening dusk,
awake I was astonished
at the voices of mountain
streams and wild birds."


“These flies sure enjoy
having an unexpected
sick person.”



Haiku of Humanity


Drunk on sake
woman wearing haori
puts in a sword


Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
temple corner


Wrapping rice cake
with one hands she tucks
hair behind ear


On Life's journey
plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
look at the moon


Tone so clear
the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
awakening



Basho Renku
Masterpieces

With her needle
in autumn she manages
to make ends meet
Daughter playing koto
reaches age seven


After the years
of grieving. . . finally
past eighteen
Day and night dreams of
Father in that battle


Now to this brothel
my body has been sold
Can I trust you
with a letter I wrote,
mirror polisher?


Only my face
by rice-seedling mud
is not soiled
Breastfeeding on my lap
what dreams do you see?



Single renku stanzas


Giving birth to
love in the world, she
adorns herself



Autumn wind
saying not a word
child in tears


Among women
one allowed to lead
them in chorus


Easing in
her slender forearm
for his pillow


Two death poems:


On a journey taken ill
dreams on withered fields
wander about

Clear cascade -
into the ripples fall
green pine needles




basho4humanity
@gmail.com




Plea for Affiliation

 

Plea For Affiliation

 

I pray for your help

in finding someone
individual, university,

or foundation - 
to take over my

3000 pages of material,   
to cooperate with me 

to edit the material,
to receive all royalties 

from sales, to spread

Basho’s wisdom worldwide,
and preserve for

future generations.


basho4humanity

@gmail.com

 



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Cat Sex She resents the snarlingcries of cats fighting High on top,low on bottom, howlove is done   Cats and humans do it the same way: as a struggle for dominance and being on top. Not only in sex ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-29

Love in One Basho Renku A single renku stanza, without the baggage of the previous stanza or the very different baggage of the following stanza, can apply to a wide range of circumstances: For instance, this stanza ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-30

Are You Stoned? Evening dusk, going back for the pipehe left behind Rice maidens for fun throw mud at eachother   A traveler took a break to sit and smoke his pipe; the verse does not say what he was s ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-31

Beating Down Women and Girls Feminist Tokuza Akiko says that in Basho’s time and society, “criticism of women’s intelligence, autonomy, and moral worth (was) essential to the total subordination of women tha ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-32

Fickle one! Boncho begins,  Basho takes the middle, and Kyorai concludes:  His carriage pulls inthe neighbor’s gateway “Fickle one,under hedge of spikesyou must crawl!” Now, before ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-33

Basho's Most Erotic Haiku On his journey to the Deep North, he is in Obanazawa, a town famous for growing safflowers and producing the orange-red dye used in make-up and to color a woman's under-kimono. A red und ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-34

Sword Drawn in a Flash Dew for his opponentsword drawn in a flash Town notablestogether getting drunkunder blossoms   Basho uses the word iai for a practitioner of the martial art we now call iaido, the art of ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-35

A Mole on her Face Youngest daughter hatesthe mole on her face Robe for dancingaimlessly she folds itinside the box   The mole does not interfere with her intelligence or motor ability, but everyone who mee ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-36

Basho and Taima Basho begins and Kikaku follows:   Miracles fromofferings to the Goddessshining on blossoms Bird of good fortunebuilds her nest with hemp   Basho sees the Sun Goddess Amaterasu in sunli ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-37

Misogyny and Menstruation in Basho Renku Here in 1679 Basho begins and another poet follows: “Weak as green willow” the wife is despised - ‘Path of blood’her day by day miseryin the spring rain   Willow br ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-38

Penis Recalls Umbilicus Basho totally astounds me with this renku stanza, and another poet does a good job following:   Like his navel cordhis visits to the Yoshiwarashall be cut off He resents the thunderof the midn ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-39

Tuberculosis Millions throughout time have suffered and died from tuberculosis whose classic symptoms are a chronic cough with blood-containing sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. The term "con ...
▶ BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)   M-40

Friendship Basho writes of his friend Etsujin: To be sure of having millet to eat and brushwood for his fire,Etsujin hides out in the marketplace,He works two days and enjoys himself for two,works three days ...
▶ New Articles   N-01

Dragonflies Basho's haiku about a dragonfly contains no children, no people at all – except for the child observer – however has links to two well-known portraits of children by Japanese ...
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Chant of Lotus Sutra I can see clearly now, the rain is gone /I can see all obstacles in my way /Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind /It's gonna be a bright, bright sun-shiny day         & ...
▶ New Articles   N-03

Purity of a Woman Two weeks before his death, Basho writes: Madame Sonome told me that for long she has wishedto invite me over, so for the evening of November 14thwe made preparations to gather at her home.   ...
▶ New Articles   N-04

Attendant to a Child: At a gathering the evening of 15th: Basho wrote The moon clear –attendant to a childscared by a fox   The standard meaning for the word chigo is infant or small child, and in this  ...
▶ New Articles   N-05

To My Neighbor: Late at night after THE MOON CLEAR, Basho woke up with severe pain and diarrhoea. Realizing he could not attend the gathering the next evening, November 17th, he asks Shiko to bring the foll ...
▶ New Articles   N-06

Basho's Two Death Haiku On his deathbed, Basho awoke in the middle of the night, November 24, 1694 and dictates this poem: In sickness:   On a journey taken illdreams on withered fieldswander about   &l ...
▶ New Articles   N-07

Goddess of Mercy: Kannon, originally a male disciple of Buddha, in Japan became a female Bodhisattva able to leave this world and enter Nirvana, but choosing to stay here to help others. Buddhist officials an ...
▶ New Articles   N-08

Delicacy vs. Roughness Basho is famous for impersonal nature haiku, but here are two of this haiku which focus on women as the center of attention: truly Basho is the poet of ordinary women alive and active.    ...
▶ New Articles   N-09

Woman Having Fun: Basho, alone or almost alone in World Literature, portrays a woman in the center of attention, strong, vibrant, and playful (with the aid of sake), her life-force having Fun.    Basho ...
▶ New Articles   N-10

Dance with Basho Basho told his follower Doho: Make renku ride the Energy.   The “Energy” is the ki of Oriental medicine and martial arts, and through four renku Basho shows us how to dance with ...
▶ New Articles   N-11

In a Hot Spring Japan is renowned for having thousands of hot springs where people (and sometimes monkeys) bathe. Public hot springs always provide facilities for washing the body, and nowadays are almost a ...
▶ New Articles   N-12

Anthropology Dear UCL Multimedia Laboratory   Last week someone at your laboratory liked eight of my #Anthropology tweets containing linked verses by Basho with profound anthropological insights. I gre ...
▶ New Articles   N-13

Women in Basho: 43 Basho Haiku A Basho haiku are not just concerned with flowers, insects, earth, and sky: no, Basho is the poet of humanity, and his sketches of women and girls are masterpieces of this art form.    Many ...
▶ New Articles   N-14

Night Soil and New Life Reincarnation is not something that occurs at death; it is something that takes place at every moment. Death and rebirth are occurring every second.             ...
▶ New Articles   N-16

Rape of Young Murasaki In Chapter V of the Tale of Genji, the young Genji kidnaps 9-year-old Murasaki to raise her in seclusion and nurture her to become the love of his life when she matured. In Chapter IX, ...
▶ New Articles   N-17


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Basho's thoughts on...
• Woman Central: Basho Honors Women and Girls

• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story:
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Poetry and Music
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time
• Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句
• BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)
• New Articles


Matsuo Basho 1644~1694

The only substantial
collection in English
of Basho's renku, tanka,
letters and spoken word
along with his haiku, travel
journals, and essays.

The only poet in old-time
literature who paid attention with praise
to ordinary women, children, and teenagers
in hundreds of poems

Hundreds upon hundreds of Basho works
(mostly renku)about women, children,
teenagers, friendship, compassion, love.

These are resources we can use to better
understand ourselves and humanity.

Interesting and heartfelt
(not scholarly and boring)
for anyone concerned with
humanity.


“An astonishing range of
social subject matter and
compassionate intuition”


"The primordial power
of the feminine emanating
from Basho's poetry"


Hopeful, life-affirming
messages from one of
the greatest minds ever.

Through his letters,
we travel through his mind
and discover Basho's
gentleness and humanity.

I plead for your help in
finding a person or group
to take over my 3000 pages of Basho material,
to edit and improve the material, to receive 100%
of royalties, to spread Basho’s wisdom worldwide
and preserve for future generations.

Quotations from Basho Prose


The days and months are
guests passing through eternity.
The years that go by
also are travelers.



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
the water with movement
calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


Seek not the traces
of the ancients;
seek rather the
places they sought.



Basho Spoken Word


Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
is the very worst disease
a poet can have."


“The skillful have a disease;
let a three-foot child
get the poem"


"Be sick and tired
of yesterday’s self."


"This is the path of a fresh
lively taste with aliveness
in both heart and words."
.

"In poetry is a realm
which cannot be taught.
You must pass through it
yourself. Some poets have made
no effort to pass through, merely
counting things and trying
to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
and the heart’s
immediacy is lost.
What is made from
the heart is good;
the product of words
shall not be preferred."


"We can live without poetry,
yet without harmonizing
with the world’s feeling
and passing not through
human feeling, a person
cannot be fulfilled. Also,
without good friends,
this would be difficult."


"Poetry benefits
from the realization
of ordinary words."


"Many of my followers
write haiku equal to mine,
however in renku is the
bone marrow of this old man."


"Your following stanza
should suit the previous one as an expression
of the same heart's connection."


"Link verses the way
children play."


"Make renku
ride the Energy.
Get the timing wrong,
you ruin the rhythm."


"The physical form
first of all must be graceful
then a musical quality
makes a superior verse."

"As the years passed
by to half a century.
asleep I hovered
among morning clouds
and evening dusk,
awake I was astonished
at the voices of mountain
streams and wild birds."


“These flies sure enjoy
having an unexpected
sick person.”



Haiku of Humanity


Drunk on sake
woman wearing haori
puts in a sword


Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
temple corner


Wrapping rice cake
with one hands she tucks
hair behind ear


On Life's journey
plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
look at the moon


Tone so clear
the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
awakening



Basho Renku
Masterpieces

With her needle
in autumn she manages
to make ends meet
Daughter playing koto
reaches age seven


After the years
of grieving. . . finally
past eighteen
Day and night dreams of
Father in that battle


Now to this brothel
my body has been sold
Can I trust you
with a letter I wrote,
mirror polisher?


Only my face
by rice-seedling mud
is not soiled
Breastfeeding on my lap
what dreams do you see?



Single renku stanzas


Giving birth to
love in the world, she
adorns herself



Autumn wind
saying not a word
child in tears


Among women
one allowed to lead
them in chorus


Easing in
her slender forearm
for his pillow


Two death poems:


On a journey taken ill
dreams on withered fields
wander about

Clear cascade -
into the ripples fall
green pine needles




basho4humanity
@gmail.com




Plea for Affiliation

 

Plea For Affiliation

 

I pray for your help

in finding someone
individual, university,

or foundation - 
to take over my

3000 pages of material,   
to cooperate with me 

to edit the material,
to receive all royalties 

from sales, to spread

Basho’s wisdom worldwide,
and preserve for

future generations.


basho4humanity

@gmail.com