Learning to write in the mail script or with Kanji in Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy was difficult for Marilyn Carter; especially since she started at the age of Sixty. However, she loves working with in and the brush in the Asian manner that requires mental imaging and no sketching.
In 1994, she started a person study with a group of female writers on the subject of Matsuo, Basho, the originator of Haiku poetry by using the first three lines in Haikai no Renga. His travels by foot over most of the peripheral area of Japan's Honshu Island fascinated her, and so she started her adventures by walking in his footsteps.
The latest venture in December of 2010 took her to Mastuashima Island where the tsunami hit the shores a few months later. Thus, her pictured search for his commemorative stone on O-Jima Island was history.
Carter will be giving a power-point presentation on her last trip to Hakone and to O-Jima Island titled, "Walking in the Footsteps of Basho" in the Palm Bay Campus' Auditorium, March 5th starting at 6 PM. The end of the program shows her own Haiku written after she returned home and heard about the chaos that resulted from the tsunami.