Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's on our Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017. Today I have a nice haiku by Yokoi Yayu (1702-1783), a samurai poet and also the poet who made the haibun, as started by Basho, more beautiful and better. Let me tell you a little bit more about him.
Yayū was born in Nagoya, the first son of Yokoi Tokihira who served the Owari Domain. He inherited the Yokoi House's patrimony at twenty-six and held important posts of the Owari Domain. He was for example yōnin (manager of general affairs), Ōbangashira (chief of guard) and Jisha-Bugyō (manager of religious affairs). In 1754, at age 53, he retired for health reasons. Yayū moved to Maezu (now in Naka-ku, Nagoya), and lived in the Chiutei hermitage. He was a prolific and respected composer of haibun, Classical Chinese poems, waka and Japanese satirical poems, and was an adept of the Japanese tea ceremony.