H3031 Haiku by Basho – As the temple bell fades …
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase
As the temple bell fades
The ringing lingers in the blossom scent
hana no ka wa tsuku
Robin D. Gill suggests the translations:
as the sound dies
the scent of the bloom strikes:
the evening bell 
the evening bell
fades away leaving only
the bloom scent 
the peal fades
and the scent strikes us:
it is the dusk! 
Daniel C. Buchanan suggests the translation:
Temple bells die out.
The fragrant blossoms remain.
A perfect evening! 
Buchanan points out, “One can almost hear the deep toll of the huge bell, see the white and pink blossoms of the cherry trees, and smell their delicate fragrance. In Japanese literature, whenever blossoms or flowers are mentioned, with no other designation, the reader is given to understand that cherry blossoms are meant.”
 Aitken, Robert. (2011). The River of Heaven: The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki. Counterpoint. 189.
 Buchanan, Daniel C. (1973). One Hundred Famous Haiku. Japan Publications, Inc. Tokyo. 16.
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