HAIKU about Cannabis ~ SHIKI MASAOKA

by SHIGERU ASO

three fields of cannabis
five houses
eight or nine children

The above poem was written by Japan’s world famous HAIKU poet, SHIKI MASAOKA in the late 1800′s. This poem was written about SHIKI’s ideal life, which consists of the above mentioned ideas. He wished to have cannabis fields, for he loved them. He wished for five houses to live in, and finallly 8 or 9children. This is not his only poem regarding cannabis.

at the evening
always comes
a storm of cannabis

The above is another example of SHIKI’S cannabis related poem. From his many poems written about cannabis, or ASA in Japanese, it is quite obvious that SHIKI was a great admirer of pot. His poems in its original form consists of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 again. This minimalistic artform is called HAIKU in Japan. This poem is apparently a scenery that SHIKI must have loved, where he stood and enjoyed the beauty of cannabis blowing in the wind.

Here is another one.

evening rain
sparrows make noise
in the cannabis fields

This poem realistically portrays a scenery of sparrows within cannabis fields during the evening rain. Simple, yet very beautiful. SHIKI also wrote the following:

so amazing
the technique of
cutting down cannabis

This poem expresses the amusement SHIKI felt while watching the cannabis plants getting cut down. This used to be quite a site before cannabis prohibition was imposed upon Japan by the United States right after World War II.  As portrayed in SHIKI’s poems, it is clear that the Japanese lived in harmony with cannabis and nature throughout history. Believe it or not, the cannabis plant grows all over Japan, even to this day. However, the government burns down almost all of these plants every year. This act is nothing short of environmental destruction. The Cannabis Control Act completely contradicts with our rich cultural history with cannabis, and cannabis cultivation. The CCA denies our traditions of whichmany include ceremonies involving cannabis in our Shinto and animistic rituals.

There are many other poets and many different artforms in Japan that involve cannabis. It is uncertain of when cannabis was brought into Japan, but it is very clear from our ancient scriptures that we worshipped the cannabis plant. The cannabis seed dates back 10000 years to the JOMON period of Japan which was discovered in ancient clay pots. Shamanism was prevelent, and we used cannabis in shamanistic rituals. It is about time we got rid of the Cannabis Control Act that imprisons thousands of people a year. This is the only way to restore our true cultural heritage and restore cannabis as a medicine. For the record, until the CCA was imposed, Japanese drugstores used to sell E.INDIAN CANNABIS TINCURE as medicine for asthma, pain relief, insomnia, etc. It is sad to admit that the Japanese Cannabis Control Act even prohibits medical merijuana, even though we have a rich history of using this godsent plant as a  way to heal ourselves physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

24 comments

  1. H.A.F.Breed says:

    Just stumbled onto this site. Glad to see that posts have started again after a long break. Keep up the hard work. These laws even have me too scared to look for a smoke. Positive vibes from Okinawa via NorCal

    H.A.F.Breed

    • Shigeru Aso says:

      Thank you for your comment. Times are changing. Even in Japan.
      Hopefully sooon we shall be able to toke up in Japan without worry of arrest and cruel and unusual punishment.

  2. Oldrich Nos says:

    I have no particular interest in cannabis, but believe that Governments treating it differently than tobacco and alcohol even as those substances are far more harmful shows inconsistency. It is for the citizens to correct them.
    You Japanese are too polite. I would say cannabis use stopped when barbarians came.
    See my attempts at haiku corner in my website.

  3. Please sande me nihonge de the japanese original for german translation.

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  5. Ross says:

    Thanks for the info and sorry for what the European race has caused you, can you imagine what this world would be like if the Japanese people started in north American or Europe, this world would be far better. once again sorry .

    • Hiro says:

      Are you retard? Please go to any library in the world and pick up any history book! First, there is no such thing as a European race. Second, please study the history of Japan. Not so nice. I am Japanese btw! Just saying, we get way more credit than we deserve.

  6. Jeff Robbins says:

    Hey, I would like to work with you to legalize cannabis in Japan.
    I live in Fukuoka, but come to Tokyo now and then. I smoke cannabis to help me translate and understand the poetry, prose, and letters of
    Basho, and write three books on his works about women, children, love, friendship, and humor. Basho is lots and lots of fun stoned.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Peace

    Jeff

  7. Jeff Robbins says:

    I appreciate the three poems by Shiki on cannabis, but I notice they are all about cannabis fields. Did he write any about smoking it or gettting high from it?

    Jeff?

  8. alonso says:

    Hii where i can smoke cannabis in japan??i live in kanagawa ken my mail reparanguteri@gmail.com

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