Basho Lecture - Basho Lecture Basho-we know about him...

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Basho Lecture Basho-we know about him because he writes about himself. A priest. Most famous drawing of him. Came from a powerful family, sent to be the page to the shogun (set up to be a very different person than what he actually ends up being) Images of Basho are typically the contemplative kind, not the man preparing to be a soldier he used to be Basho’s house, in his small townreconstructed Mount Fuji- most sacred place in Japan--place of enormous Kyo (KYO emptiness JITSU fullness KI energy [qi]) a place of emptiness, that doesn’t change. Perfect volcano, like an isosceles triangle. Mountains connected to material objects - emtiness, permanence, continuity, sustaining Cypress tree-another symbol of persistence/permanence, empty. More energy because it is alive
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Image of a wise man under a tree, like the tree he is able to empt his self and his mind. Chose an image of a laughing wise man because Basho laughed a lot. Much more jitzu here G eishas--ephemeral, live a fast and dangerous life. Too much energy, out of balance Frogs are even more energetic, even more ephemeral, even briefer than Geishas. Chose a frog because it is from one of Basho’s most famous haikus. S akura- cherry blossom trees. After the WWII, emperor of Japan sent all these cherry blossom trees to DC to improve American/Japanese relations. Cherry blossoms covered in rain, can die from freezing IKI there is a special beauty in what is fragile, in what can be damaged and cannot be fixed
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Real setting of Poem Poem- about a frog at the pond. A complete aesthetic experience: great importance on style of paper, brush strokes of caligraphy, and illustrations “The old pond, a frog jumps in, the sound of the water” - Basho Hinamatsuri” (March) At the beginning of the story, we are in the middle of Hinamatsuri, a festival of dolls, celebrating the youth/charm of young people. Characteristic color of red
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