Haiga by an Elementary Schoolgirl in Akita (Part 2)


桝田愛佳(Masuda Aika)began 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.

This is the second stage of the haiga project.

We hope that you will appreciate the second part of haiga, with the three basic haiga in the first part.

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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ふるさとが      ふるさとが

見え元日の      みえがんじつの

炭俵                すみだわら

裕句                ひろしく

愛佳                あいか

In my hometown

During the upcoming New Year

With my charcoal sack

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千代紙の                     ちよがみの

ひなのほほえむ           ひなのほほえむ

三日かな                     みっかかな

Ornate, colored-papered


Dolls for March third, Girls’ Day

愛佳                           あいか

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愛佳                           あいか

一つとや                     ひとつとや

二つとやあと              ふたつとやあと

遊ぶ夜                        あそぶよる

One, oh, yeah

Two, oh, yeah

A playful night

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愛佳                           あいか

水嵩の                        みずかさの

増してくる如く           ましてくるしく

芹洗ふ                        せりあらう

The volume of water

Rises up

Washing the Japanese parsley

佳郎句             よしろく

新しい雅号      A new pen name


The first pen name I was given was Aien, however there was someone else with the same pen name, so I was given the name Kaen. I also received a personal seal with the name Kaen that my teacher made.

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緑さし             みどりさし

猫の歩みも      ねこのあゆみも

映りけり          うつりけり

秀旦句             Does anyone know how to pronounce this?

愛佳                あいか

Day by day, greener and greener

A cat’s steps too

Are reflected

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父の日に                     ちちのひに

絵げいこに来れる        えげいこにこれる

幸よ                           しあわせよ

On Father’s Day

I can practice haiga

So happy (Thank you, dad)

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先生と吹く      せんせいとふく

草笛の             くさぶえの

まちまちに      まちまちに

友子句             ともこく

愛佳                あいか

Blowing with my teacher

The blades of grass

Out of synch

母と俳句          Mom and Haiku


My mom sometimes makes haiku and senryu (humorous Japanese poems). When I painted a rose, which my mother likes, and added one of my mom’s haikus, she was so happy she cried.  My mom was overwhelmingly pleased and now every month during my lessons cheerfully makes haikus.

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嵐にも                        あらしにも

りんりんと咲く           りんりんとさく

花畑                           はなばたけ

Despite the storm

The flower garden

Is vigorously blooming

純子句                        じゅんこく

愛苑                           あいえん

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苗代の             なわしろの

月夜は             つきよは

はんの木に      はんのきに

けむる             けむる

The bed of rice’s

Moonlit night

Is shrouded by

The Japanese alder

 素逝句             そせいく

(To Be Continued)


― Posted by Hidenori Hiruta


2 Responses to “Haiga by an Elementary Schoolgirl in Akita (Part 2)”

  1. a delightful journey with this young lady beautiful innocence displayed

  2. lesliepaints Says:

    I am enjoying following this.Such delicate art! Thank-you.

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