The roots of Japanese haiku reach back over a thousand years. In the Japanese haiku poem, as in life, there is a pause, a shift, in which the poet celebrates sensory awareness of the season, perhaps suggested by the scent of red plum blossoms or the silence of snow-covered tree limbs. The timeless appeal of this understated poetic form may be the human desire to capture one’s impressions of a fleeting moment. Such seasonal allusions emphasize the essence of haiku: nature and its ephemeral beauty. This calendar features twelve haiku paired with reproductions of exquisite Japanese woodcuts from the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Each poem is rendered in Japanese calligraphy, Romaji transliteration, and English translation.
Pomegranate also publishes the books Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Japan, by Barry Till, and Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry, by Judith Patt, Michiko Warkentyne, and Barry Till.
All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.
Twelve monthly grids and full-color artwork
Size: 12 x 13 in.
Opens to 12 x 26 in.
Published with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria