Sakuo-san is a retired chemist whose hobbies are painting, haiku and billiards. His ongoing project is painting haiga from the Haiku-a-Day feature of David Lanoue's Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website. The entire haiga series may be viewed there, or in Sakuo's blog, Everyday Issa (or in Japanese).
The haiga published here features one of Sakuo's own haiku. The canal in the haiku has supplied drinking water to the old City of Tokyo (Edo), where Basho, Issa and other haiku poets have lived." Isn't it fun," writes Sakuo, "to suppose that the same water has been drunk by those poets? The canal is still alive and each year Spring arrives there."