First of all, I present you the following haiku I wrote when I visited 角館（かくのだて）(Kakunodate), Akita.
stands in beauty
Sakurabana Hyakusui no hi o kazari keri
This is a monument inscribed with two tanka poems written by平福百穂（ひらふく ひゃくすい）(Hirafuku Hyakusui)(1877 – 1933), who was a Japanese-style painter as well as a tanka poet. He was born and brought up in 角館 (Kakunodate) , which is famous for the birthplace of 小田野直武 （おだの なおたけ）(Odano Naotake)(1750 – 1780), one of the greatest painters of Akita ranga (秋田蘭画) , also known as the Akita-ha (秋田派).
平福百穂 (Hirafuku Hyakusui) was greatly influenced by Akita ranga (秋田蘭画) and earnestly tried to introduce and spread its style, in which the Akita painters for the most part painted traditional Japanese themes and compositions using Western-style techniques and an approximation of oil paints.
The monument for Hyakusui’s tanka poems was erected in 角館 (Kakunodate) on September 9, 1944, with the two following tanka poems inscribed with.
Seeing the current of the river moved in different sites,
I realize what many years have passed since I left hometown.
How lucky I have felt to be in such a bright spring of the Tohoku district,
where trees have just begun to bud all at once, giving nice smells!
Secondly, I present some of my haiku I wrote when I visited 男鹿半島(Ogahantou), or
the Oga Peninsula in English.
down the coastline
through the islands
the Oga Peninsula
into cobalt blue water
the Oga Isles
Thirdly, I present some haiku about summer.
staring the cool
someone sits in shade
from the pond
Hiroshima no more
Lastly, I present the latest haiku from my own blog: http://akitahaiku.blogspot.com/.
cools the air
bathes in the water
The next posting ‘Haiku by Brian McSherry in Japan (2) appears on July 24.
― Hidenori Hiruta