Shigin Style of Reciting Poetry in Japan


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. 


We’re lucky enough to have a Shigin recitation of the famous Haiku poem, “Furuike ya” (Old Pond).  The poem was recited by Shihoko Mazuka.  You can hear it below and read along with the poem and translation.


MP3 of "Furuike ya" in the Shigin Style






English Translation:


A very old pond

A frog jumping into it

Sound of water, splash!





Kawazu tobikomu

Mizuno oto


"Furuike ya" was written by 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.


Many thanks to Sadao and Shihoko Mazuka for the recording and for explaining about Shigin recitations.


-Mama Lisa


Image: Frog and Mouse by Getsuju (18th – early 19th century)

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