夕立や蛙の面に三粒ほど       子規

 
 

yūdachi ya

kawazu no tsura ni

mitsubu hodo

 

 

 

afternoon shower 

two or three raindrops

on the frog’s face

 

 

 

Season word: afternoon shower (夕立 yūdachi), summer

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1900, at age 33. Born

in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku a

respected literary form.

 

 

 

 

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Trans.: The Shiki Museum English Volunteers