H3007 Haiku by Basho – How admirable, …
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase
to see lightning,
and not think life is fleeting 
satoranu hito no
Hart Larrabee suggests the translation:
Those who see lightning,
Without thinking of transience
How admirable! 
Jane Hirshfield suggests the translation:
how admirable –
a man who sees lightening
and not satori 
R. H. Blyth suggests the translation:
He who thinks not, “Life is fleeting,”
When he sees the lightning flash!” 
Sam Hill suggests the translation:
How very noble!
One who finds no satori
in the lightning flash 
Asataro Miyamori suggests the translation:
How noble he who realizes not,
From lightning-flashes, life is vain! 
Japanese has changed dramatically since this haiku was written. Today the word toutosa (from 貴い (read toutoi)) is used in place of the archaic tattosa). So one sees the romaji for this poem written both ways. Here we have opted to use the older form (how Basho originally pronounced the characters) rather than using the modern pronunciation. This does not change the calligraphy, just how the poem is read.
 Translation by Timothy L. Jackowski, Takase Studios, LLC.
 Larrabee, Hart. (2016). Haiku: Classic Japanese Short Poems (Chinese Binding). Chartwell Books. 21.
 Hill, Sam. (2000). Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings (Shambhala Classics). Shambhala.
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