“Haiku”, a short Japanese poetry form, consisting of patterns of 5+ 7+ 5=17 syllables, incorporating “Kigo”- the symbolic word that represents the season.
Haiku originates from Renga which started in the 13th century and evolved since. The form of Haiku was mastered and perfected by Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉） in the 17th century.
What Haiku brings us? - the answer is the union with nature and the universe.
Japanese traditional cultural rituals such as the Tea ceremony are the ultimate form and discipline to create the union with nature, objects and ourselves, as "Nature is our Master".
To unite with nature, humbly follow the law of nature - it is deep-rooted in our Japanese DNA.
With Haiku, we express what we see in a natural, simple, minimal, direct way, without a judgment - things as it is. It brings profound interpretation to each reader, leaving space for imagination.
First, we select a word that we see, select the suitable "kigo" the symbol of the season and combine them with stillness and movement.
In this process, we connect ourselves with nature, object and with the universe, in a similar way as we practice tea ceremony, or making art.
As a tribute to the late Japanese artist Jiro Inagaki (1933- 2008), for an exhibition "the Seasons",
Azumi Uchitani has selected one of Jiro's artworks for every month and made Haiku to accompany the art and its season.