Sometimes, during out visit to Japan in 1997,
the reality of what we were seeing contrasted deeply
with the reading we had done of the times
of the great haiku ports Buson and Basho.
Village with a thousand eaves
the sounds of the market
in the morning mist.
The Essential Haiku; versions of Basho,
Buson & Issa, edited by Robert Hass,
Ecco, page 123.