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 the works of both long-gone Japanese masters and of 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 each element enhances the character of the other.
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 and was followed by greats such as Buson, Bashō, and Issa. It continues to be used today by contemporary artists, including those whose works will appear on these pages, proving once again, that great things endure.
Please send polished works, error-free, making sure that all sizing and formatting is correct according to our guidelines. Send your traditional haiga submission as an attachment with the subject heading, Simply Haiku_traditional haiga submission. We no longer accept images that are embedded in the body of the email. Images should be in JPG format.
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