Haiga by an Elementary Schoolgirl in Akita (Part 1)


桝田愛佳(Masuda Aikabegan painting haiga in her elementary school days.

In summer, 2008, her mother, 桝田純子(Masuda Junko), and David Ferron, an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Akita City, Akita, Japan, took up haiga by Masuda Aika as their haiga project.

We post their haiga project on the website, dividing it into three stages.

We hope that you will appreciate haiga by an elementary schoolgirl in Akita.


Ms. Masudas and Davids Haiga Project


わたしと俳画  Haiga and me



Akita Municipal Sotoasahikawa Elementary School

 六年一組 Sixth grade, First class

 桝田愛佳 Masuda Aika


始めたきっかけ  Why did I start?



I heard that when my mom said to an acquaintance of hers, “My Aika likes paintings,” she replied, “My mother teaches haiga. Would like to try it?”


When I heard this I thought it sounded interesting, so I took some lessons.


北潟先生のこと  Ms. Kitagata



Even though Ms. Kitagata is over eighty years old she is a very gentle teacher who knows a lot.


Her real name is Kitagata Sachie, but when she makes haiga it is Kitagata Shiho.


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愛佳俳画 007

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せつせつと                  せつせつと

眼まで濡らして           めまでぬらして

髪洗ふ                        かみあらう

節子句                        せつこく

愛佳                           あいか


Eyes get wet

When hair’s washed


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マスカット                  マスカット

おいしく食べし           おいしくたべし

夜食後                        やしょくあと

愛佳                           あいか

Muscat grapes

Deliciously eaten

After dinner


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愛佳                あいか

山の雲             やまのくも     

いけしまま      いけしまま

松立てにけり   まつたてにけり

章句                あきらく

Pine trees stood

In the mountain clouds      

Like arranged flowers


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愛佳                           あいか

十五夜の                     じゅうごやの

雲のあそびて              くものあそびて

かぎりなし                  かぎりなし

夜半句                        やはんく

For fifteen nights

The clouds played



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愛佳                あいか

冬に入る          ふゆにはいる

山国の紺          やまごくのこん

女学生             じょがくせい

Headed into winter

The mountain country’s dark blue



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牡丹雪                        ぼたんゆき

地に近づきて              ちにちかづきて

迅く落つ                     はやくおつ

六林男句                     むりおく

愛佳                           あいか

十才                           じゅうさい

Large snowflakes

Come towards the ground

And swiftly fall


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金銀の                        きんぎんの

紙ほどの幸                 かみほどのさち

クリスマス                  クリスマス

欣一句                        きんいちく

愛佳                           あいか

Gold and silver

Little joy-filled paper

At Christmas


(To  be continued)

 ― Posted by  Hidenori  Hiruta 


8 thoughts on “Haiga by an Elementary Schoolgirl in Akita (Part 1)

  1. Thank you for a nice comment, Joshua San.
    Haiga, Part 2, appears on November 7 (Saturday).
    Please look forward to…


  2. 幸福を こうふくを

    祈る本堂 いのるほんどう

    冬日さす ふゆびさす

    Praying for happiness

    In the main hall

    Light shines through the window

    or: “Piercing winter light”?

  3. Peter Hook-san,
    thank you very much for your nice suggestion.
    In this case,those praying for happiness seem to be in unhappy conditions or rather uneasy ones, so “Piercing winter light” is better as the third line. It matches those conditions.

    With my best regards.
    Hidenori Hiruta

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