From an illustrator’s notebook
Japanese haiga from a Basho journey — Gabrielle Wang
Haiga is a form of Japanese painting accompanied by a haiku poem. On our Haiku Walking in Japan journey, author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang found the perfect way to reflect on her journey. The great haiku poet Matsu Basho, whose footsteps we were following, also painted haiga and in the last years of his life collaborated with artist Morikawa Kiyoriku who was one of his poetry students. Gabi’s haiga appear below with some photos from our trip.
a spring den
the hunter’s fetid smell
rain a vixens tears
© Gabrielle Wang
Gabrielle Wang is an internationally published author and illustrator of books for young people. She lives in Melbourne and took part in Haiku Walking in Japan in November 2016.
Haiga and photos by Gabrielle Wang (G.W.).Photos by Jan Cornall (J.C.)
The next Haiku Walking in Japan journey will take place in November 2017.
Read other contributions to Summer Grass here.