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TRADITIONAL HAIGA
Aurora Antonovic, Editor
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Introduction:

Traditional haiga consists of a handmade image, haiku, and calligraphy in the classical Japanese tradition.

In this section, you will see two forms: Japanese woodblock printmaking, and brush-and-ink painting. We will feature both the works of long-gone Japanese masters with those who follow in their footsteps.

Haiga here will be marked by truth, beauty, simplicity, and modesty. Everyday occurrences, as well as universal truths will be expressed in pieces that make wise use of space and form. Traditional techniques such as moku hanga, sumi-e or other hand-painted art must be employed. The image and haiku must be blended artistically so that together the two are more enhanced than they would be if they stood alone. And lastly, these haiga must follow the traditions that the masters of the forms have set for us.

The origins of haiga are not clear. Some believe that Nonoguchi Ryuho began the form, while others credit Shokado with this mode. However, one thing is clear: the genre has been formed, followed by greats such as Buson, Basho, Issa, and continues with those whose works will appear on these pages, proving once again, that great things endure.


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