Haiga is a Japanese concept for simple pictures combined with poetry, usually meaning haiku. In Basho's time, haiga meant a brushed ink drawing combined with one of his single poems handwritten as part of the picture. In our day and age, haiga can be watercolor paintings, photographs or collages with a poem of any genre that is integrated into the composition. Sometimes the poem is handwritten or it can be computer generated, depending on the artist's taste.

Since haiga combines two accessible artforms, it has become very popular among the artist/poets. Websites featuring haiga are:

Haiga Online

See a haiga here or the rest of Kuniharu's work.

Haiga: Japanese Art and Haiku Poetry
Reeds: Contemporary Haiga Main Page
Xaiku haiga
heaven - haiga by Kilmeny Niland
Jerry Dreesen - Haiga
Kazumi Cranney Haiga & Sumi-e Painter Home
Santa Fe Poetry Broadside: Carole MacRury, Photographic Haiga
victor gendrano's haiga gallery

Some haiga by Jane Reichhold






















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