Haiku by Buson

A flash of lightning,
The sound of dew,
Dripping down the bamboos

inazuma ni koboruru oto ya take no tsuyu

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H3001 Haiku by Buson – A flash of lightning …
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

A flash of lightning!
The sound of dew
Dripping down the bamboos

inazuma ni
koboruru oto ya
take no tsuyu
Buson 蕪村

Blyth writes:

As Buson stands in the bamboo forest in the early morning, there is a flash of lightning; the whole of nature seems in a state of tension, the mind of the listener with it. At this moment of suspense, the drip-drip of dew falling through the bamboo grove is felt so deeply, it can hardly be called hearing. [1]

W. C. Merwin suggests the translation:

In the flash of lightning
I hear the dewdrops rolling
down the bamboo leaves

Makoto Ueda suggests the translation:

at a flash
of lightning, the sound of dew
falling from a bamboo


[1] Blyth, R. H. (1982). Haiku, Vol. 3: Summer-Autumn. Tokyo, The Hokuseido Press. 700.

[2] Merwin, W. S. and Lento, Takako. (2013). Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson. United States. Copper Canyon Press.

[3] Ueda, Makoto. (1998). The Path of Flowering Thorn: The Life and Poetry of Yosa Buson. United States. Stanford University Press.

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