Haiga is a traditional Japanese form of poetry and art; an image with an accompanying haiku or tanka. The evolution of haiga from “then to now”, has grown to include various modes of expression; digital images from a variety of sources to the traditional brush and ink, watercolor, or paintings. The short poem associated with the image has also evolved and may or may not follow the 5-7-5 form of haiku or the 5-7-5-7-7 form of tanka.
The poem has also evolved to include a broad spectrum of subjects. However, the poem should not simply describe the image nor be confused with a slogan (art & slogan -> a meme). Rather, the poem needs to be an integral part of the whole and art in its own right. In this way haiga becomes a visual extension of the world.