Reminder of 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Deadline is June 30

  Reminder of 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Deadline is June 30   Dear Haiku Friends, We are looking forward to your haiku for 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest, whose deadline is June 30. Please check out the guidelines again on the website below. https://akitahaiku.com/2016/05/03/   Here in Akita, it is just June-like weather lasting these … Continue reading Reminder of 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Deadline is June 30

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Let haiku be on the UNESCO list ! (4)

  Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!   On August 2, 1689, Matsuo Basho visited Kisakata, Akita, where he composed his haiku. 象潟や雨に西施がねぶの花 Here is the English translation by Keene Donald (鬼怒鳴門). Kisakata― Seishi sleeping in the rain, Wet mimosa blossoms.   Now in Kisakata, adonises and red camellias are in full bloom.   … Continue reading Let haiku be on the UNESCO list ! (4)

Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)

  On August 1, 1689, Basho visited Kisakata (象潟), Akita Prefecture (秋田県),  Northern Honshu, on his journey. Basho wrote about Kisakata in his travel diary The Narrow Road to Oku, 『おくのほそ道 (Oku no Hosomichi 』 . Here I take up the latter part of this section.   此寺の方丈に座して簾を捲ば、風景一眼の中に尽て、南に鳥海、天をさヽえ、其陰うつりて江にあり、西はむやむやの関、路をかぎり、東に堤を築て、秋田にかよふ道遥に、海北にかまえて、浪打入る所を汐こしと云。江の縦横一里ばかり、俤松島にかよひて、又異なり。松島は笑ふが如く、象潟はうらむがごとし。寂しさに悲しみをくはえて、地勢魂をなやますに似たり。   Here is a painting of Kisakata exhibited … Continue reading Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)

Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (1)

  On March 11, 2011, we had the most powerful earthquake since records began, which struck the Pacific coast of Northeastern Honshu, Japan, triggering a massive tsunami.  Since then I have received e-mails and messages from haiku friends worldwide, in which they have sent their condolences and prayers through haiku, haiga, tanka, short poems, or pictures. … Continue reading Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (1)