Haiku by Gabi Greve for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (12)


Gabi Greve, a haiku friend of mine, in Okayama(岡山), Japan, kindly contributed her travelogue for the posting on May 23, on the last day of Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010.

She loves haiku trips around Asia, writing travelogues as shown below.


one day in sunshine

one day in pouring rain . . .

travelling in spring


Her self-introduction says as follows:

Gabi Greve, a medical doctor graduating from Heidelberg University Germany, came to Japan in 1977 and has since been involved in translating. She has written two books about Japanese Buddhist art.
She studies kigo as a means to get a better understanding of Japanese culture and has started to compile the World Kigo Database since 2004.
Since 1995, she lives in a remote area in the mountains in Western Japan and continues her internet activities also through a Daruma Museum Online and a Saijiki about Washoku, traditional Japanese food.

World Kigo Database

Daruma Museum Online



On May 14, on the third day of our Haiku Festival, Gabi Greve sent me the following comment on ‘Haiku by Fay Aoyagi for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival’:

Thanks so much for introducing Fay!

I am a great fan of her work too !!


by the way, join me in a walk through Nagi, Tottori and Chizu (partly in the rain …)



On the last day of our festival, we are willing to share her travelling in spring with each other from now on.


Nagi Yama no Eki

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Nagi Hill Station


Red bridge and stone dragon

three monkeys – –
is my WAY right
or wrong ?

monkey teachers . . .
to see, to hear
to recite haiku

My ALBUM : Nagi

The Hill Station of Nagi, about 400 meters high, is famous for its great view and the clear water that runs down from Mount Nagi san.
They serve dishes with the famous local “black pigs” kurobuta 黒豚 and you can have a first-hand experience at making saussages.

There are lodges for families to stay on the cheap and enjoy the many hiking courses which start from here, or just go down to the gorge and play in the water among the stones.

There are also other farm-related experiences offered to the tourists, like making tofu, ice cream, butter or cheese and even handicraft with local natural materials.

The temple Bodaiji 菩提寺 with its famous huge old Gingko tree is close by.

The hill station is ealily reached by bus (40 min) from Tsuyama train station.

. . . CLICK here for online Photos !

Nagi is also famous for its villate lay-kabuki,
Yokozen Kabuki 横仙歌舞伎.
I once watched a performance and was quite impressed with the high skills of the actors. The audience was laughing and weeping … and all had a good time.
. . . CLICK here for Photos !

Mount Nagi (那岐山), is a mountain located on the border of Chizu, Tottori prefecture, and
Nagi, Okayama Prefecture.

The trip in May 2010 starts from here in Nagi, on the way to Tottori, visiting a few places there and on the way back we ended in Chizu, because of heavy rain.
Just follow the NEXT LINKS on the bottom of each page to join us on the trip!

. Nagisan 那岐山, Mount Nagi and the plum blossom park in Kume  

. . . Tottori Sand Dunes  

Read my Haiku Archives

My Daruma Museum Japan


Posted by Gabi Greve at 5/11/2010

Labels: Japan


Our festival has just ended with her travelogue by Gabi Greve in a walk through Nagi, Tottori and Chizu (partly in the rain …).

We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed yourselves in our Haiku Festival in your own ways, and that each of us will have a nice poetic life as usual.

Thanks to our sister festival, 2010 Bath Japanese Festival, we have had such a flourishing and fruitful ending.

With millions of thanks.


The next posting, ‘Haiku by Nobuko Johnson’ appears on May 29.


Hidenori  Hiruta

3 thoughts on “Haiku by Gabi Greve for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (12)

  1. Thank you for taking up the Nagi-Tottori trip here!
    Today again we are sitting in heavy rain and storm .. almost like a typhoon !

  2. Dear Hidenori san:

    First and foremost, THANX A MILLION for making the Akita Int’l Haiku Spring Festival happen!(from All of us, haijin, in far-flung corners, nooks, and crannies of the globe).

    I truly appreciated the opportunity to meet so much haiku talent out there,,, all diverse, all individual, yet all united by our love for the Japanese art form.

    And thank you for sharing with us Gabi Greve’s wonderful Basho-style haibun (and pix) ,,, They make me fall for the Japanese countryside from afar, haha!

    Best wishes for the future of the Akita festival
    as well as your own, Hidenori san, haiku brilliance.

    Yours truly,
    Teddy Wojnicki
    /under construction/

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