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index / A snow tale on misted glass

You’re on the road. As important as where you’re going is how you’re traveling and which season it is. If it’s winter and everything is covered with snow, sounds and images, perhaps even incidents, associated with the endless whiteness inevitably come to mind. You’re alone now with nature. Among those who are influenced and inspired by nature it is the poets that come to mind first. Japanese poets, for example, like Basho, Buson and Issa, famous masters of ‘haiku’, who lived in the 17th-19th centuries. The haiku is a lyric poem of consisting of alternating
5-7-5 syllable lines and expressing thoughts or feelings about the seasons or the first month of the year. One of the original representatives of this tradition, which flourished between 1644 and 1694, Basho calls out to a friend in this poem, which we could call "The Zen Path": Well then, let’s go- / to the place where we tumble down / looking at snow!
In another poem Basho asks the same friend perhaps: Snow that we two / looked at together- this year / has it fallen anew?
Another master of haiku, Taniguchi Buson, who lived from 1715 to 1783, also evokes

 
 
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