I have heard unsavory rumors about you and the umbrella-maker's daughter....
- Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
In the autumn fields
mingled with the pampas grass
flowers are blooming
should my love too, sprin...
- Anonymous
Sabi is the color of haikai. It is different from tranquility. For example, if an old man dresses up...
- Matsuo Basho
The behavior of the pigeon
is beyond reproach,
but the mountain cuckoo?...
- Yosa Buson
The moon is brighter since the barn burned....
- Matsuo Basho
No doubt about it,
the mountain cuckoo
is a crybaby....
- Kobayashi Issa
Last time, I think,
I'll brush the flies
from my father's face....
- Kobayashi Issa
I would guess that he thought and thought for at least ten years before he came up with a stupendous...
- Natsume Sōseki
Even bigger than Japan is the inside of your head....
- Natsume Sōseki
You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans. There is no such th...
- Natsume Sōseki
This moth saw brightness
in a woman's chamber--
burnt to a crisp....
- Kobayashi Issa
I could wish for nothing more than to die for a childish dream in which I truly believed....
- Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
I want to sleep
Swat the flies
Softly, please.

(1867-1902)...
- Masaoka Shiki

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