"Furuike ya" is a Japanese Haiku poem written by 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. It's considered the most popular Haiku poem ever!
A very old pond
A frog jumping into it
Sound of water, splash!
mizu no oto
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.
You can find more English translations of Furiuke ya here.
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.
Many thanks to Sadao and Shihoko Mazuka for the recording.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
English version in Haiku style and photo by Mama Lisa.