Written for: Carpe Diem #1658 – Tan Renga Challenge May 2019 (5) “Windy Gusts”
A Japanese writer active in Taisho period Japan. He is regarded as the “Father of the Japanese short story”, and is noted for his superb style and finely detailed stories that explore the darker side of human nature.
… Akutagawa published his first short story Rashōmon the following year in the literary magazine Teikoku Bungaku (“Imperial Literature”), while still a student. The story, based on a fantasy from late Heian period Japan, with a sharp twist of psychological drama, was largely unnoticed by the literary world, except by noted author Natsume Sōseki.
It was also at this time that he started writing haiku under the haigo (or pen-name) Gaki, Hungry Ghost. (Source)
Here is the haiku to work with:
kogarashi ya mezashi ni nokoru umi-no iro
on the sardine still lingers
the ocean’s color © Akutagawa Ryunosuke a.k.a. Gaki (Tr.: Ueda)
blue-black on shiny skins
fisherman cold, but successful © Sara McNulty