さくらさくら御朱印船の遙かはるか 畠山 弘
sakura sakura gosyuinsen no haruka haruka
cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms…
an official trade ship
far away, far away
from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine, March 2016 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo
Fay’s Note: ‘Goshuinsen’ or ‘shuinsen’ is a ship authorized by the Shogunate to trade Japanese goods overseas. Trade was prohibited after Japan closed its door in 1630’s.