About haiga

Traditional haiga are a combination of haiku and ink brush painting (“hai” – poem  and “ga” – painting).  The form has now expanded to include contemporary art, photography and digital images combined with haiku.   The challenge for the creator of haiga is to make images that extend the meaning of the haiku rather than merely illustrating it.

 Narrow Road to the Deep North - Yosa Buson Image from Buson’s ‘Narrow Road’  – http://www.wikiart.org/en/yosa-buson/narrow-road-to-the-deep-north

Haibun and haiga were first combined by Basho’s follower, Buson in a six fold screen painting where he combined the words of Basho’s ‘Narrow Road’ with his own paintings.


The right side of the Buson’s six fold screen
http://web-japan.org/museum/others/uta/haiku/haiku_01_02bc.html