The year ending-
Passing by Sumiyoshi.
“Takarai Kikaku was one of Basho's leading disciples. He edited two of the major anthologies through which the Basho School earned its reputation, including Minashiguri (Shriveled Chestnuts, 1683), and wrote the preface for a third - Saruminosho (Monkey's Straw Raincoat, 1691). But his relations with his master were often tense - he is often the butt of anecdotal lore handed down among the disciples - and there seems to have been a final falling out. … He is nowhere mentioned, for example, in Basho's last great work, Oku no hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Back Country). … Kikaku's poetry is known for its wit and for its difficulty. At the time of his death, he was perhaps the leading poet in Edo.” – (Source: Eighteen Haiku by Kikaku, translated by Michael K. Bourdaghs, in Big City Lit, Feb 2004.)
Takarai Kikaku (1661–1707)
Poem and Painting
Ink on paper
26.7 x 47.2 cm (19 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Mounting 112.5 x 51.5 cm (44 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.)
Old wooden box.