Happy New Year
the Year of the Tiger
謹賀新年 kinga shinnen
二千十年 nisen ju nen
平成二十二年 heisei niju ninen
庚寅 Kanoe Tora
Miss Masuda Aika（桝田愛佳）, a freshman at Seirei Senior High School in Akita, celebrated the New Year by contributing her haiga to the Akita Sakigake Newspaper （秋田魁新報） on January 1. We readers enjoyed it in the newspaper, sharing the delights of the coming of the New Year with each other.
Ms. Masuda Junko（桝田純子）, Aika’s mother, also contributed her haiku about the New Year to the newspaper.
hatsuharu ya yama kagayai te chikara waku
Mt. Taihei shines,
giving me power ―
New Year’s Day
This is a picture of Mt. Taihei （太平山）, which made me write the following haiku.
aratama no hikari ni haeru Taiheizan
reflects the light
New Year’s Day
Next I post two of my haiku about Namahage （なまはげ）, or ‘Ogre’ in the Oga Peninsula, Akita.
The first haiku also appeared in the Akita Sakigake Newspaper on January 1.
Namahage mo Ogahantou de go shichi go
writes haiku too ―
the Peninsula of Oga
The second haiku is this:
Namahage wa Nyudouzaki no hikari kana
keeps the lighthouse ―
Cape of Oga
Last of all I post haiku and some photos of swans I happened to find a little before the New Year’s Day.
There were swans taking a break during their flight near the bank of the Omono River （雄物川）in Akita.
Fortunately, I saw swans grooming there.
hakucho no tsukuroi arata ashi no kishi
groom by the reed bank
for the New Year
We wish you a wonderful 2010 !
― Hidenori Hiruta