Haiku by Issa

The bitter part,
eaten by the mother,
mountain persimmon

shibui toko haha ga kui keri yama no kaki

12 1/4″ W x 43″ H Japanese Scroll
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

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H3105 – Haiku by Issa – The bitter part …
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

The bitter part
eaten by the mother
mountain persimmon

shibui toko
haha ga kui keri
yama no kaki
issa 一茶

One end of the persimmon is sweet, the other bitter. The mother gives the sweet end to the child and herself consumes the astringent remains. The self-sacrifice of mothers.

R. H. Blyth suggests the two translation:

Wild persimmons,
The mother eating
The bitter parts.

Mountain persimmons;
The mother is eating
The astringent parts.


[1] Translation by Timothy L. Jackowski, Takase Studios, LLC.

[2] Blyth, R. H. (1982). Haiku Volume 4 Autumn-Winter. Tokyo. The Hokuseido Press. 1111.

[3] Blyth, R. H. (1949). Haiku, Vol. 1: Eastern Culture. Tokyo. The Hokuseido Press. 231.

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