Haiku Poem

"Furuike ya" is a Japanese Haiku poem written by 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. It's considered the most popular Haiku poem ever!

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Notes

Transliteration

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

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Note: Haiku poems are only three lines long. The first line is 5 syllables, the second is 7 and the third is 5 syllables.

Matsuo Basho lived from 1644 to 1694.

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You can find more English translations of Furiuke ya here.

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This poem is chanted in the Shigin style in the recording below. Shigin is a way of reciting poems in Japanese that most likely dates back to the 5th century. The poems are chanted, often before an audience.

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Many thanks to Sadao and Shihoko Mazuka for the recording.

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You can hear this Haiku poem in the youtube video below in Japanese and English.
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Thanks and Acknowledgements

English version in Haiku style and photo by Mama Lisa.

Arigato gozaimasu!

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