In this slow Bitsy art game, you are invited to spend a couple of minutes in a garden that changes with the time of day and the passing seasons, reading generative haikus drawn from the work of Matsuo Bashō (translated by David Landis Barnhill) and Yosa Buson (translated by Allan Persinger). You are invited to return to the garden at different points during the day, and throughout the year, to witness the changing scene, with the generated text reflecting these temporal shifts.

The garden changes automatically in the morning (roughly between 5-10am), at daytime (between 10-5pm), in the evening (~5-8pm), and at night-time (~8pm-5am), depending on the time of year. It will change seasons automatically at the start of UK meteorological Spring (1 March), Summer (1 June), Autumn (1 September), and Winter (1 December).

This piece was inspired by poem.exe, a haiku generating bot by Liam Cooke.

You can explore the piece at itch.io.