Haiku Animals - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Haiku Animals

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A charming book of haikus about animals which features exquisite illustrations from the British Museum Japanese collections.

This charming book pairs the poetic meditations of Japanese haiku masters with exquisite illustrations from the British Museum Japanese collections. 

The book features haikus by the great 17th and 18th-century poets such as Bashō, Buson and Issa, as well as later works by contemporary writers and novelists. Artworks are drawn from throughout the ages of Japan's history and include woodblock prints, inks on paper or silk and pencil drawings. 

The poems are arranged according to the time of day and take readers on a meditative journey through a single day with a variety of animal companions.

A great present for anyone interested in poetry, art and Japanese culture.

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  • Author: Mavis Pilbeam, former Librarian in the Japanese Section of the Department of Asia in the British Museum
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Date published: September 2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714124612
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 16.0 cm

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