Below is another haiku by Murakami, Kijo. (1865-1938).
First autumn morning:
the mirror I stare into
shows my father's face.
The reader immedietly places us into the season of Autumn, which is known in literature to symbolize maturity and fulfillment. Not only is this symbolizing the time of year he is writing this, but also the time period of his life. He is middle aged, no longer youthful. The fact that it is morning also symbolizes an awakening, this is a rebirth for the author. As he stares into the mirror he is realizing something different, something he has never seen before. He is realizing, as many tend to as they get older, that he is becoming more and more like his father. It seems to hit him abruptly, it wasn't what he expected to see in the mirror. The piece as a whole seems like a journal entry, a quick note that the author is taking of his morning. There is no emotion, just factual information.