Juxtaposing haikus and prints on the theme of the most beautiful landscapes of Japan, this volume looks at its mountains and forests, rivers and streams, beaches and rugged seascapes. Over 120 haiku by such well-known and beloved poets as Basho, Issa and Buson are included, as well as both full colour and black and white reproductions of prints by such masters as Korin, Sekka and Ike no Taiga. In his introduction, Stephen Addiss writes of the unique Japanese attitude towards nature and the manner in which they incorporate this sensibility into poetry, and briefly reviews the various styles of the art presented.
Stephen Addiss is a professor of art history at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Akira and Fumiko Yamamoto are professors at the University of Kansas, specializing in Japanese literature and history.