Haiku from Romanian Poets for AIU Festival 2011 (5)

On October 9 and 10, 2011, AIU Festival was held at Akita International University(国際教養大学)in Akita prefecture(秋田県), Northern Honshu, Japan. The festival, whose theme is HOOP ~世界とハチあわせ!~, had 3 Philosophies : Academic(学問), Culture(文化), and Entertainment(楽しさ).   The AIU students enjoyed the festival in their own ways. They were excited at a variety of meetings, HOOP ~世界とハチあわせ!in … Continue reading Haiku from Romanian Poets for AIU Festival 2011 (5)

Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (2)

  In the first posting, I took up Basho’s haiku from his travel diary The Narrow Road to Oku, 『おくのほそ道 (Oku no Hosomichi 』. In his diary, Basho seems to have left Hope for us Japanese. Here is another translation by Donald Keene (ドナルド・キーン).   夏草や兵どもが夢の跡             natsukusa ya           The summer grasses – tsuwamono domo … Continue reading Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (2)

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)