Today’s Haiku (October 26, 2021)

廃校の金次郎像や小鳥来る     伊舎堂根自子

haikô no kinjirô-zô ya kotori kuru

            Kinjiro statue

            at the closed school–

            a bird comes

                                                            Nejiko Ishado

from Haidan, (Haiku Stage) a monthly haiku magazine, November 2013 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

Fay’s Note:  “kotori kuru” (a bird comes) is an autumn kigo.   Most elementary school in Japan used to have a statue of Kinjiro Ninomiya (1787-1956).   As a boy, he tried to read books even when he carried firewood on his back.  His statue was used for a symbol of studying hard.

Kinjiro statue

One response to “Today’s Haiku (October 26, 2021)

  1. A silly detail, but Sontoku-san died in 1856, not 1956.

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