Japanese HAIKU


When we held the calligraphy and tea ceremony at Raday museum in 2017, a Hungarian lady quoted the following HAIKU, which Zen comes in and becomes associated with, from Matsuo Basho.

                Furu ike ya!                              The old pond, ah!

                Kawazu tobikomu                  A frog jumps in

                Mizu no oto                            The water’s sound

Basho heard not just a sound of water but a transparent sound in the dirty pond and he deeply understood what is even before the world came into existence. What is there even before the Earth appeared? It’s just darkness.