I have been crazy busy getting ready for IB’s celebration for his trip to Japan (The party is Saturday). I just finished the stairs….Basho’s famous haiku complete with kanji. Ever since the Soiled opening at our house and their mission statement on our stairs, I have been fascinated with the visual possibilities of this space. No better cause than IB’s imminent journey to Japan to experiment.
I put One Hundred Frogs by Hiroake Sato on the stair wall, available to peruse as well. This book is filled with an abundance of translations and interpretations of this haiku (Robert Aiken’s translation is on our steps). It’s delightfully provocative to explore the possible inferences and riffs, from ancient times to present day, on these three short lines.
Many things to clean and cook.
Journeys need marking.