Petals of chrysanthemum
Curve in their whiteness
Under the moon.

—Sugita Hisajo (1890 - 1946)

Translated by Ryu Yotsuya. Used by permission of the translator. Originally published on:

About the author: Sugita Hisajo (1890 - 1946).

Hisajo, suffering from insanity in her later years, died without being accepted in the haiku world. Shuoshi Mizuhara (1892 ~ 1981) introduced a new method similiar to hers, in order to create a tension in a haiku; we can thus regard Hisajo's works as one of the sources of the contemporary haiku.


Responses to the haiku for 7 May 2001 by Sugita Hisajo (1890 - 1946)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-15 06:59:09

    "brugmansia", angels' trumpets
    rain from the stars ...
    but which ones


    lady of the lake
    majestic lady ...

    once, the ugly duckling

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-07-05 23:14:45

    Evening prayer-
    the curved chrysanthemums
    lighting the moon

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-11-12 15:52:55

    something to the rose
    she cuts the rose"


    tender, petite
    she lies bare in muscular arms
    darkness' silence

    Sue Stanford
    2008-12-23 20:41:51

    I am presently studying the life and work of Hisajo as part of my PhD and I would like to set the record straight. Hisajo did not go mad in her later years. This was a rumour that seems to have started with Takahama Kyoshi - and due to his extraordinary power, spread quickly. Apparently, Hisajo was hospitalised for kidney disease and died of malnutrition and cold.

    2008-12-24 17:32:29

    sue, i'm intrigued by your (findings); perhaps you can elaborate...


    love for the hina doll
    led me to cut and plant
    a lock of my black hair


    dreary morning commute
    covering of blackbirds
    over the hill

    eiko yachimoto
    2011-01-19 17:45:18

    Thank you, Sue, for correcting the record! Those who
    would like whys of her fabricated legend, please
    read my installed articles titled:

    Hisajo in the light of English Haikai Movement

    on the web-magazine specializing in Western and Eastern Short Forms of poetry called


    edited by Karina and John .

    thank you for reading.