火や鉦や遠里小野の虫送        子規

 
 

hi ya kane ya

tōzato ono no

mushiokuri

 

 

torches and gongs

driving out rice insects

in distant Ono village

 

 

Season word: driving out rice insects (虫送 mushiokuri), autumn

Composed by Masaoka Shiki in 1898, at age 31. Born

in Matsuyama, Shiki is credited with making haiku a

respected literary form.

 

 

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Trans.: The Shiki Museum English Volunteers