By Michael Haverty
Risshuu no kon ochitsuku ya Iyo kasuri
At the start of fall, dark blue puts my mind at ease
–Iyo kasuri – Natsume Soseki 夏目礎石
The famous author and poet Natsume Soseki dedicated one of his renowned haiku to the calming beauty of dark blue Iyo kasuri, a fabric export carrying the name of Iyo Province, modern day Ehime Prefecture. But what is Iyo kasuri exactly?
By Ehime ALTs
This year is the 150th anniversary of two of Matsuyama’s most celebrated literary icons, Natsume Soseki and Masaoka Shiki. Masaoka Shiki was an inspirational human being, for those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, a visit to the Shiki museum in Matsuyama is a must. Shiki achieved many things within his short life, despite being plagued with tuberculosis for the majority of this. Not only did he help to revive the art form of haiku and tanka, he also acted as a war correspondent during the First-Sino Japanese War and coined most Japanese baseball terminology. In honor of Masaoka Shiki’s 150th anniversary, the Mikan presents to you a haiku extravaganza featuring poetry from ALTs across Ehime prefecture. Also featured are photos by Michael Haverty, depicting the impact of both Shiki and Soseki on present day Matsuyama.
Shiki Statue in Dogo