一年は正月に一生ハ今にあり      子規

 

ichinen wa shōgatsu ni

isshō wa ima ni ari

 

one year is in New Year’s Day

my life is this moment

 

Season word: New Year’s Day (shōgatsu), New Year

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1897, at age 30. Born

in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku a

respected literary form.

 

 

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Trans.: The Shiki Museum English Volunteers