Haiku by Kirby Record (Part 1)


Professor Kirby Record teaches as director of English for Academic Purposes at Akita International University(AIU)(国際教養大学) in Akita.

He also writes haiku. He is a fellow haiku poet of mine.


On October 11 and 12, we participated in AIU Festival and exhibited works of haiku posted on the website, giving haiku activities, such as some haiku quiz.

During the event, Professor Kirby Record joined our activities and contributed his  book of poetry titled “A Welcome Coolness” to me.



I post poetry in his book, dividing them into some parts and giving them a Japanese translation, which isn’t sometimes literal. It’s me, Hidenori Hiruta who translated his poetry into Japanese.

The title of his book is derived from the following haiku:


a sudden breeze

in bright winter sunlight, leaves

a welcome coolness


toko ni  soryo mukau  kaze soyogu


 春は花         Haru wa hana

夏ほととぎす             Natsu hototogisu

秋は月                   Aki wa tsuki

冬雪さえて               Fuyu yuki saete

すずしかりけり        Suzushi kari keri




This poetry is Waka (和歌literally “Japanese poem”) written by Dogen Zenji (道元禅師)(1200-1253), a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher born in Kyoto, and the founder of the Soto school of Zen in Japan.

Professor Kirby Record translated it into English as follows:


To everything there is a season. 



In Spring, cherry blossoms

In Summer, the cuckoo,

In Autumn, the moon,

In Winter, the snow,

Cold and clear.


Dogen Zenji


Here I post haiku about spring by Professor Kirby Record.



sunset floating

with a single cherry blossom

over green stones


yuyake no  ryokuseki no ue  sakurabana 



in the rain

cherry blossoms start

falling faster


ameno naka  chiri isogu kana  sakurabana


 this first hike of spring

following another’s shadow

resting on my own


hatsu haiku  hito no kage oi  ware ni yoru


an empty house

only pictures on the wall

spring rain


haru no ame  akiya no kabe ni  kaiga nomi


  sudden gust  opens my front door  into spring


genkan wo  kaze fukinukete  haru to kasu


 turning  the curve of her waist  in spring light


shunkou ni  koshi no kyokusen  muki kawaru


 april rains

allwhite stones of many shades

rushing water


shigatsu no ame  kage no aru hakuseki  hasiru mizu


back from a walk

the fresh scent of weed

on tattered blue jeans


sanpo kara kaeru  kusa no sinsen na nioi  boroboro no aoi jinzu


spring rain  futon on tatami  mozart faintly


haru no ame  tatami no ue no futon  motsuaruto  kasukani


 Last of all, I post some pictures of cherry blossoms I took this spring, because Professor Kirby Record’s haiku and Dogen Zenji’s waka reminded me of my visit to Kakunodate(角館).

Kakunodate(角館)in Akita flourished as a castle town. The attractive view of the many remaining samurai premises surrounded by black fences and cherry trees gives the town an appearance similar to that of Kyoto and is called “Little Kyoto”.




Cherry Trees Along the Hinokinai River Bank




The bank of Hinokinai River is designated as a scenic spot of Japan. At the end of April, residents and visitors enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms under the tunnel of cherry blossoms of the Somei Yoshino cherry trees that stretches for two kilometers along the river bank.

 ― Hidenori Hiruta



12 thoughts on “Haiku by Kirby Record (Part 1)

  1. I particularly like this one:

    an empty house
    only pictures on the wall
    spring rain

    And OH! that last photograph (the bank of Hinokinai River) is unbelievably beautiful!) I couldn’t imagine just how lovely it would be to walk under all those blossoms stretching ahead!

    Thank you for sharing the haiku and lovely photos

    ~ josh

  2. Hiruta-san, thank you very much for sharing these poems and photos. My desire to see Japan’s spring cherry blossom grows even stronger. Best wishes to you and Professor Record. His poetry is beautiful.

  3. josh-san, McDonald-san, and Yousei Hime-san,
    thank you very much for a nice comment.

    I’ve just added some pictures of cherry blossoms in Kakunodate.

    Please enjoy these too!

    With my best wishes,
    Hidenori Hiruta

  4. Hello! I came here because of Yousei’s post which has proven to be a wonderful first-class ticket to Beauty!!! Thank You Very Much. Spectacular on every level. Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

  5. I also enjoyed your post and photographs. I have been to Japan twice in the spring, but unfortunately arrived after the cherry blossoms had finished both times.

    Best wishes.


  6. Beautiful photographs, nature at its best. I particularly liked ‘Sudden gust opens my front door into spring.”

    Thank you

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