Haiku by Chen Xiaoou in China (5)

I scan my fingerprint
on my phone appears
grandma’s image

指紋をじっと見る
電話に現れる
おばあちゃんのイメージ
 
the tide falls
leaving the sand
rippled 

潮が引く
砂から離れる
さざ波を立てて
 
overnight
I find my pumpkin in
next door’s garden 

一夜のうちに
私の南瓜が
隣の庭に
 
giant sequoia
the earth’s effort to
speak to heaven   

巨大なセコイア
地球の努力
天国に話しかける
 
the moon moves
from one deep well
to another        

月が動く
1つの深い井戸から
別の井戸に
 
she died and
she never dies
Teresa Teng    

彼女は死んだ
決して死ぬことはない
テレサ・テン
 
switching the light on
in no time my companion
comes back to me     

ライトをつける
すぐに私の仲間が
戻ってくる
 
misty forest
the doe looks around
for her baby       

霧の森
雌ジカが周りを見回す
赤ちゃんを探して
 
night wind
blows out no lamps
glowworms           
 
first published by Asahi Shinbum

夜風
明りを吹き飛ばさない
ツチボタル

blinding flash
the boy covers
his ears         

first published by Xpression

目がくらむような閃光
少年が覆う
耳を

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

A Chinese haiku

危楼三千层
谈古论今声低沉
恐惊天上人
 
a skyscraper of
three thousand storeys
we tell ancient tales
in a low voice
lest the gods in heaven
should be disturbed

超高層ビル
3000階建て
私たちは古代の物語を語る
低い声で
天国の神々の
邪魔にならないように

Report on the Fifth Lecture on Haiku

   On 17 September 2021, Mr. Chen Xiaoou, a haiku poet in Kunming, China gave a lecture on haiku at the Foreign Language Department of Kunming University. Around fifty students attended the lecture with great curiosity.

   The vice director of the department Mrs. Ma presided at the lecture. “This is the very first lecture on haiku at our university, it’s a great opportunity for our students to learn something about the classic tradition of this Japanese art, ” said Mrs. Ma in her speech.

  Mr. Chen Xiaoou explained the origin and the evolution of the art of haiku. He then presented some excellent examples by the great poets like Yamazaki Sookan, Bashoo and Kobayashi Issa, followed by some refreshing pieces written by modern poets all over the world, many of which are prize winners of international haiku contests.

   The lecture lasted for over two and a half hours, and during this time the students were all immersed in the enjoyment of the beauty of this short verse. Before this lecture, what the students would think of, when talking about Japan, is only sushi, kimono and sakura. During the lecture the students’ eyes were wide opened, and after the lecture, their minds! 

   Before this, Mr. Chen Xiaoou had delivered four lectures on the art of haiku to his friends, which were very much enjoyed and welcomed by the attendants. He plans to share his experience and joyfulness with haiku with more and more people in China.

   Mr. Chen Xiaoou has published his composed haiku 25 times in Japan, the US, UK, Australia and Croatia. One of his pieces was selected as the Haiku of the Week on Japan Society.

4 photos about the 4th and 5th lecture on haiku

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