image: Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by ItŎ Jakuchū (1716–1800) National Gallery of Art

About Itō Jakuchū | About the Scrolls | Haiku Instructions | Exhibition Information

During the month of April visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington were able to view the Colorful Realm of Living Beings, a 30-scroll set of paintings by Itō Jakuchū. All were invited to create original haiku. This selection is organized by the paintings that inspired them. Click on the images below to read visitors' haiku and to learn more about the scrolls—the artist's symbolism and technique.