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About Chiyo-Jo Haiku Museum

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Chiyojo was born in Matto, Kaga, or Hakusan city as it is called today, in 1703, and has been well-known for this haiku:

the morning glory-
the well-bucket entangled
I ask for water

Basho’s 'Oku no Hosomichi' or ‘Journey to the Interior’ was instrumental to propel the haikai traditon in Northern regions of Honshu,in Chiyo-Jo’s time. She breathed the air of the strong tradition and started making haiku early in her childhood. Having been admired by Kagami Shiko, the important disciple of Basho, Chiyo-Jo kept on working hard and continued writing excellent haiku all through her lifetime. In 1763, she was chosen to prepare the official gift presented to the Korean Delegation representing their nation. She crafted and delivered the 21 artworks based on her twenty-one haiku, for this honorable purpose. In fact we can say that Chiyo-Jo was a forerunner, who played the role of encouraging international cultural exchange.
After Chiyo-Jo, the tradition did not die out. Haiku has been popular in Hakusan city. Takahama Kyoshi, the editor of 'Hototogisu' an important haiku magazine and influential haijin himself, paid a visit to Hakusan several times, Kato Shuson, before he became another respected haijin, spent his first adult years as a teacher of Matto elementary school here. Hakusan city has been a part of the modern haiku development.

Chiyo-Jo's Haiku Museum, in her birthplace, introduces Chiyojo as well as many haijin who are equally important the Haiku museum uses various media including audio/visual images, original haiku text and various kushu, or haiku books published by each haijin.

There is a corner in our facility where everyone, including children and foreigners, can enjoy making and turning in their own haiku.

We are planning to host the National Haiku Contest in the name of Chiyo-Jo. Haiku-events, with one especially focused on the youth to take part in, are also forthcoming. Let us remind you, all haiku-lovers, to use our facility for your casual haiku gatherings too.

Chiyo-Jo Haiku Museum, in her birthplace, has been established as the facility where people experience haiku-based activities and enjoy sharing those experiences.