Notes on Basho's Frog


Mixed media, signed lower right and dated 07

42 cm x 41 cm

Matsuo Bashō (1644 – November 28, 1694), born Matsuo Kinsaku then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During

When Bashō returned to Edo he happily resumed his job as a teacher of poetry at his bashō hut, although privately he was already making plans for another journey. The poems from his journey were published as Account of Exposure to the Fields Nozarashi In early 1686 he composed one of his best-remembered haiku:

furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto     -      an ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water [1686]