Monday, November 26, 2012

Facing Rainy Days With a Smile

Haikus are little word packages with a lot of punch.  These mini poems originated in Japan, so it's fitting that our first Haiku Cup features words by 17th-Century Matsuo Bashō, often called the "Master of Haiku." Bashō's father may have been a samurai. We do know that the poet and scholar son trekked dangerous Medieval roads to relieve sadness, composing penetrating and often humorous Haikus.

"A cold rain starting
And no hat --
-- Matsuo Bashō

Artist Erin Bartholomew captures Basho's nudge to take hardship in stride with her delicate design of a Japanese lady setting forth into the rain, wearing a wry smile to brighten her journey.

The gentle philosophy on our first line of Haiku Cups is ready to be served! Gift and shipping boxes are in, labels ready, artist/poet bios printed. The cups will officially premiere at a holiday craft show on December 8th, but are ready for purchase now! Please become a "follower" and join this site (at right) to show your support and receive updates. Visit our etsy shop here. You can "like" and become friends on our new Haiku Cups Facebook page. And if you are in the Chicago area and can pick up your cup, you can buy at a discounted price: just $8/cup!

Read the story of why we launched our new Haiku Cup enterprise here. Proceeds from these cups help support Erin's classical art training in Chicago, after she graduates from high school this Spring. 10% of proceeds aid flood victims in the U.S. and Asia.

Take time for a little poetry and art...and have a blessed day!

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