On May 29, 2017, Alexander Dolin says in his e-mail as follows.

Please find attached the file containing 100 haiku by the Russian poets, members of our almanac “Wild Flowers”.

Here we have the works by the winners of a special contest organized for the further promotion of Russo-Japanese poetic contacts on the basis of haiku.

I would appreciate if you could publish the file on the Akita International Haiku… website – better in this bilingual format. Probably the Japanese translation is not so necessary, but of course, if you would like to provide some of the poems with a Japanese version it might be an additional contribution to the project.

 

 

Here are five photos and haiku on Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, dedicated to the members of the almanac “Wild Flowers” by Hidenori Hiruta.

 

 

Here is a report on Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival.

https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/spot/festival/kamakurasnow.html

 

A fantastic world appearing on a snow country evening.

Chatting with children in rooms made of snow.

A room made by carving out a mound of snow is called a kamakura. In Yokote City, more than 100 kamakura and countless miniature kamakura are made. The candle lights of these snow white kamakura produce a quiet, beautiful spectacle against the darkness. This 400 year old festival is said to have its origins in the traditional event of returning

New Year decorations to the gods by burning them, and also in the custom of children chasing away birds damaging crops. Inside the kamakura, an altar is set up to honor the water gods and to pray for plenty of clear water, while sake and rice cakes are offered to the gods. Passers-by are invited by the children, in Akita dialect, to come inside the kamakura and drink some sweet fermented rice brew. Everyone has a good time chatting while eating rice cakes and sweets, which is the conventional way of spending time in kamakura. On the other hand, numerous rows of tiny kamakura stand in the grounds of the Yokote Minami Primary School in the city, with the lights shining from within creating a very romantic scene.

Prior to the above festival, the Kamakura Matsuri is held in Akita Furusatomura, where you can experience stepping inside a kamakura. From the end of January to the end of February, famous festivals of Akita Prefecture are represented here, where you can learn about winter in Akita.

At the Yokote Fureai-Center Kamakura House, kamakura displays can be seen all year round.

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

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                               祝「日露俳句コンテスト」5周年               

 

                                                                       

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                         秋田市長 穂 積  志

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations on the 5th Anniversary of the Japan-Russia Haiku Contests    

Motomu Hozumi, Mayor of Akita City

Let me send you my hearty congratulations on the 5th anniversary of the Japan-Russia Haiku Contests.  It is also a great honour to greet you in Akita—the Land of Poetry vol. 8, to be published on this memorable occasion.

I understand that through haiku, a traditional culture of Japan, the exchanges among the haiku lovers in the world have been rapidly promoted due to the endeavors of Akita International Haiku Network, the sponsoring organization of the Contests.  I tender my sincerest homage to the activities of the Network.

The Japan-Russia Haiku Contest project was launched in May, 2012, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Akita and Vladiovostok.  The 1st contest was targeted at Japan and Russia only, with 60 haiku submitted in Russian, while to the current 5th contest, I am told, besides the submission of over 450 haiku in Russian, 1,167 haiku have been submitted from 60 countries all over the world.

As well as from Russia, numerous submissions to the current contest are from Germany, the United States, and China, countries which include our sister cities.  In Passau, Germany, for example, more and more people have been interested in haiku, with haiku by Ishii Rogetsu and Ando Wafu translated in German and printed in local literary magazines.  Haiku has indeed made significant contributions to the exchanges between Akita and our sister cities.  I expect more and more friendly relations will be promoted among us through haiku.

In June, next year, Akita and Vladiovostok will have the 25th anniversary of our sister city relationship.  On the 27th of November this year, our city is planning to commemorate it by inviting the ethnic music and dance ensemble made up of graduates and staff of Far-Eastern State Academy of Arts, and holding an admission-free concert for our residents in Akita City Culture Center.  It is my pleasure to offer you numerous Russian folk songs familiar to your ears with fantastic performances, songs, and dances, accompanied on the Russian folk musical instruments.

The friendly relations we have developed with our sister cities are our common assets in the constantly changing world situation.  I will continue to try to implement projects which can return the results of out exchanges to our residents.

Lastly, I wish all of you good health and every success, and hope your haiku project will be more and more prosperous.

 

Translated by

KONO, Minoru

Professor Emeritus

Akita University

 

 

ПОЗДРАВЛЕНИЯ ПО СЛУЧАЮ ПЯТИЛЕТИЯ ПРОВЕДЕНИЯ ЯПОНО-РОССИЙСКИХ КОНКУРСОВ ХАЙКУ

 

                                            Мотому Ходзуми, мэр города Акита

 

        Позвольте принести мои поздравления по случаю пятой годовщины проведения японо-российских конкурсов хайку. Для меня большая честь приветствовать вас в пятом выпуске брошюры «Акита – земля поэзии», который будет опубликован к годовщине.

        Я знаю, что благодаря активной деятельности Акитской Международной Сети хайку (Akita International Haiku Network) , спонсорской организации конкурсов,  значительно продвинулись связи между любителями хайку во всем мире. Мы воздаем должное самоотверженным усилиям членов этой организации.

       Проект проведения Японо-российских конкурсов хайку был впервые запущен в мае 2012 г. в ознаменование двадцатой годовщины подписания соглашения о породненных городах между Акитой и Владивостоком. Первый конкурс охватывал только японский и российский контингент участников и собрал всего 60 хайку, присланных из России, меж тем как проходящий ныне пятый конкурс, по моим сведениям, собрал не только свыше 450 хайку из России, но ив целом  1167  хайку из 60 стран со всех концов света.

       Многочисленные хайку поступили на текущий конкурс не только из России, но также из Германии, США и Китая – стран, в которых находятся породненные с Акитой города. В германском Пассау, например, все больше людей интересуется хайку – особенно сейчас, когда были переведены на немецкий и опубликованы в местных литературных журналах произведения Исии Рогэцу и Андо Вафу. Хайку внесли большой вклад в развитие культурного обмена между Акитой и породненными городами. Я надеюсь, что в дальнейшем наши отношения будут и впредь развиваться благодаря хайку.

       В июне будущего года Акита и Владивосток отметят двадцать пятую годовщину установления  особых отношений между нашими породненными городами. 27 Ноября нынешнего года в порядке подготовки к празднованию наш город намерен пригласить ансамбль народной музыки и танца коллектива выпускников и работников Дальневосточной государственной Академии искусств и устроить бесплатный концерт для жителей Акиты в городском Культурном центре. Мы будем рады представить вам  в фантастическом исполнении многочисленные русские народные песни и танцы , с которыми вы, возможно уже встречались, в сопровождении оркестра русских народных музыкальных инструментов.

      Дружеские отношения, которые сложились между нашими породненными городами,  – это наше общее достояние в постоянно меняющемся мире. Я и впредь буду содействовать реализации проектов, результаты которых пойдут на пользу гражданам нашего города.

       В заключение позвольте пожелать вам доброго здоровья и успехов. Надеюсь, что проекту развития хайку предстоит дальнейшее процветание.

 

Translated by

Alexander Dolin

Professor of Japanese Literature 

and Civilization Studies

Akita International University

Japan    

 

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HAIKU IN RUSSIAN FROM THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

 

 In the world haiku movement poems in Russian occupy an important place. We receive them from Ukraine and Belarus, from Israel and Kazakhstan, from Armenia and Uzbekistan, from Moldova and Bulgaria – from all those places where the Russian diaspora communities have settled after the collapse of the communist empire. Over twenty million former Soviet citizens and their children who still call Russian their native tongue live now beyond the borders of the Russian Federation. Many of them keep reading Russian books and journals, watching Russian TV channels and speaking Russian in daily life. No wonder that there are poets who still prefer Russian for the expression of their thoughts and sentiments, sharing the traditional love for the Japanese poetic tradition. Literature and arts easily go across the borders. Even more it refers to the international brigade of haiku-lovers who draw inspiration from the Japanese classics. Hundreds of poets compose haiku in Russia and scores of poets write haiku in Russian abroad inspired by the numerous translated collections of Japanese poetry. Let’s wish them further success in their bold poetic experiments.

 

Ксения Никодимова

Ksenia Nikodimova  (Belarus) 

 

С разных сторон

Стрекоза и паук на листе.

Вода прозрачна…

 

On two sides of a leaf

A dragonfly and a spider together

transparent water

 

葉の表裏に

蜻蛉と蜘蛛が一緒に

上澄みの水を飲んでいる

 

 

Ирина Ожеховская

Irina Ojehovskaya  (Ukraine)  

 

Нити золота

Пересекают реку.

Последний закат.

 

Golden threads

Crossing the river –

The last sunset.

 

金色の線が

川を横切っている ―

最後の夕焼け

 

 

Михаил Мишин

Michail Mishin  (Ukraine)  

 

В озере вершин

горных отражение –

счастливый дуэт.

 

In the lake

A reflection of the peaks –

A happy duet,,,

 

湖面に

峰々の影 ―

幸せな一対

 

 

Ион Кузуйок

Ion Kuzuyok  (Republic of Moldova)

 

ржавый замок –

между собой читаются

письма в ящик

 

A rusty lock –

Letters in the mailbox

Interesting only for each other…

 

さびた錠 ―

郵便受けの手紙

お互いのためにだけ興味深い...

 

 

Елена Клепикова

Elena Klepikova  (Kazakhstan) 

 

С облаком вровень

Плыву над вершинами.

Горы в тумане.

 

With the clouds

I float over the peaks –

Mountains covered with mist…

 

雲と共に

峰々をさまよう ―

靄に覆われた山々

 

 

Маргарита Богданович

Margarita Bogdanovich  (Belarus)  

 

Молчит стрекоза над водою,

Дожидаясь рассвета…

Построю и я здесь качели.

 

 

A silent dragonfly upon the water

Waiting for dawn,,,

I will build a swing here

 

水面に静かな蜻蛉が一匹

夜明けを待っている、、、

ここにブランコを作ります

 

 

Леонид  Светик

Leonid Svetik  (Belarus) 

 

Солнце над морем.

Волны бьются о скалы.

Холст всё ещё пуст.

 

Sun over the sea.

Waves pounding the rocks.

The canvass is still empty.

 

太陽が海一面に

波は岩を強く打っている

キャンバスはまだ空っぽ

 

 

Елизавета Безушко

Elisaveta Bezushko  (Ukraine)(Student )

 

Ракушки в море.

Жаль, что не видят пейзаж!

Садится солнце.

 

Shells in the sea.

It’s a pity they don’t see the landscape!

The sun is setting.

 

海中の貝

景色が見えないのが残念

太陽が沈んでいる

 

 

Лидия Ляшенко

Lidia lyashenko  (Ukraine) 

 

Вечер. Мелкий дождь.

Капли бьются о стекло

сердцу в унисон.

 

Drizzling rain in the dusk.

Drops knocking on the window

In unison with the heartbeat.

 

夕暮れ時の細い雨

滴が窓を叩いている

心臓の鼓動と調和して

 

 

Vitali Khomin  (Ukraine) 

 

аист над крышей

между вершиной и небом

белый снег

 

A stork on the roof.

Between the peak and the sky

Just white snow.

 

屋根の上にコウノトリ

峰と空の間には

ただ白雪だけ

 

 

Рут Соминская

Ruth Sominskaya (Israel) 

 

В зыбкой дымке песков

Лоск глянцевой глади

Мертвого моря

 

In the shaky sandy mist

The glamour of the silky water

In the Dead Sea.

 

揺れるような砂の霧の中で

死海の絹のような水のうっとりさせる美しさ

 

 

Елена Шуваева-Петросян

Elena Shuvaeva-Petrosyan  (Armenia) 

 

Как много огоньков:

Персеиды, светлячки, костер, глаза шакалов.

Вернешься: за неуплату отключен свет.

 

So many lights –

All these fireflies, bonfires, jackal’s eyes…

And at home the power is off for ignoring the bill.

 

とっても多くの光 ―

これら全ての蛍、篝火、ジャッカルの目...

そして家では請求書を無視したために電力が止まっている

 

 

Владимир Кунцман

Vladimir Kuntsman (Israel)  

 

Блики света

Плоды оливы на мостовой

Иерусалим

 

Bleaks of sunlight

Olives on the asphalt

Jerusalem

 

日光の揺れる影

道路に落ちたオリーブの実

ジェルサレム

 

 

Михаил Низовцов

Michail Nizovtsev  (Ukraine)

 

Японский? Русский? –

Море не различает.

Берега – братья.

 

Japanese shore?  Russian shore?

It doesn’t matter for the sea

Both shores are brothers.

 

日本の海岸? ロシアの海岸?

それは、海にとっては問題ではない

両岸は同胞である

 

 

Татьяна Худая

Tatiana Khudaya  (Belarus) 

 

Голубого льна

В зеркалах озерных

Времени холсты

 

In the mountain lake

Of the blue linen

The pictures of time

 

青いリンネルの山の湖に

歳月の描く絵のいろいろ

 

 

Ирина Мадрига

Irina Madriga  (Ukraine)

 

Чтоб море видеть,

стой на макушке горы,

встречая солнце

 

To watch the sea

Come to the top of the mountain

With the dawn.

 

海を見るために

山頂に来なさい

日の出と共に

 

 

Лев Альтмарк

Leo Altmark  (Israrel) 

 

Осенью сердце

Прячется в дыме костра…

Или в тумане?

 

The heart in fall

Hides in the smoke of the bonfire

Or just in fog?

 

秋の心

たき火の煙の中に隠れる

あるいは、霧の中に隠れるのだろうか?

 

 

Андрей Анфиров

Andrey Anfirov  (Uzbekistan)

 

Осень. Медленно падают листья.

Маленькая стрекоза заснула у окна.

Проснется ли она весной?

 

Autumn leaves are falling.

A small dragonfly is sleeping at the window.

Will it wake up in spring?

 

秋の木の葉が落ちている

小さな蜻蛉が窓で眠っている

春に目覚めるだろうか?

 

 

Иван  Александров

Ivan Alexandrov  (Bulgaria)

 

Земля вращается не останавливается
Орта и потому, что все больше и больше уже умерли.
Сохраните вашу землю, чтобы ваши дети едва известны,
сохранить больше красоты и воды на земле.
Пусть ваши дети земля, красота и вода.

 

Planet earth is spinning

Keep your Earth alive for your children yet unknown

Keep more water and beauty!

 

地球という惑星が回転している

まだ無名の子供たちのためにあなたの地球を生かし続けてください

もっと多くの水と美しさを保ってください

 

 

Владимир-Георгий (ВлаСт) Ступников

Vladimir-Georgiy Stupnikov  (Kazakhstan)

 

Меркнет звёздный свод

Ритмичный всплеск у камышей

В садке два карпа

 

The starry sky is getting dark.

Rhythmic splashes in the reeds.

Two carps in a trap.

 

星の多い空が暗くなりつつある

葦の間にリズミカルなバシャンという音

わなにかかった二匹の鯉

 

 

Алина Кусаинова

Alina Kusainova   (Kazakhstan)(Student )

 

Трава манит к себе,

И нежно говорит,

Все шепчет о любви..

 

Grass is calling me

Whispering gently

The words of love

 

草が私を呼んでいる

優しく囁いている

愛の言葉を

 

 

Екатерина Дементьева

Ekaterina Dementieva  (Ukraine)(Student )

 

Камень голыш спит

Убаюканный морем

Ему снятся скалы

 

A pebble on the beach

Is seeing dreams

Of the big rocks

 

浜辺の小石

大きな岩の夢を見ている

 

 

Михаил Климов

Michail Klimov  (Israel) 

 

Сирень расцвела

Но моря между нами

Только мечта там

 

Lilac in bloom

But we are separated by seas –

Still my dream flies there

 

花の咲いているライラック

しかし私たちは海で引き離されている―

でも私の夢はそこに飛んで行く

 

 

Валентина Ханзина

Valentina Khanzina  (Canada) 

 

Слушаю море

в фарфоровой чашке

завывает метель

 

I am listening to the sea

In the porcelain cup –

The roar of the blizzard

 

私は磁器の中の海の音にじっと耳を傾けている ―

猛吹雪のうなり声

 

 

Виктория Маринова

Victoria Marinova  (Bulgaria)

 

белая трoпѝнка

луна целует море

прилив любви

 

A white moonlight path

Kissing the sea –

The tide of love

 

白い月光の進路が海にキスしている ―

愛の潮

 

 

Alexander Dolin

Professor of Japanese Literature 

and Civilization Studies

Akita International University

 

 

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Akita is a place of wonderful nature highlighted by folklore, enchanting tales and legends.

One of the many great mysterious folkloric tales is encapsulated in the golden statue you see in the picture. The statue is of Tatsuko Hime(辰子姫). We’ll call her Princess Tatsuko.

Erected in 1968, this golden statue stands on the shore of Lake Tazawa(田沢湖), the deepest lake in the entire Japanese archipelago. Legend has it that the crystalline waters that feed the lake were a main source of Princess Tatsuko’s enchanting beauty. She drank from these waters in the belief that it would give her eternal beauty. Unfortunately, she drank so much of the water that Goddess Kannon (観音)cursed her, and turned her into a water dragon.

Well, the story gets more interesting. Prince Hachirotaro(八郎太郎), a young prince from a nearby village, went fishing one day and ate a fish from a stream near Lake Tazawa and from that developed a powerful unquenchable thirst. He drank the water there for 33 days, and as a result also turned into a huge water dragon! Since he could never go home in such a condition, he decided to inhabit Lake Tazawa, which as you know was home to Princess Tatsuko. Of course they got together. 2 water dragons in the same place, what are the chances!?!

Tales passed down throughout the different eras tell us that during the winter months, the heat from their passionate lovemaking prevents the lake from ever freezing over. Scientists might give you another version but it won’t be as romantic !

http://akitahaiku.blogspot.jp/2009/12/haiku-about-princess-tatsuko.html

 

 

HAIKU IN ENGLISH FROM THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

 

Kirsten Cliff   (New Zealand) 

 

hoofbeats

the sea salt scent

through her hair

 

ひづめの音

海水の塩の匂い

彼女の髪から

 

 

Wendelinus Wurth  (Germany)

 

a slight breeze tugging

the immovable mountains

into the lake

 

かすかなそよ風が強く引いている

不動の山々を

湖の中へ

 

 

Maria Tirenescu   (Romania) 

 

on a cliff

writing a new haiku  –

golden twilight

 

岩壁に

新しい俳句を書いている ―

金色のたそがれどき

 

 

Krzysztof Kokot   (Poland)

 

old boat –

compass needle always

on the rising sun

 

古い船 ―

羅針盤の針は常に

昇ってくる太陽の上

 

 

MARETIC MARIJA   (Croatia) 

 

summer by the sea

the klapa’s song fulfils

the emptiness of my heart

 

海のそばの夏

クラパの歌が私の心の空しさを満たす

*クラパ(クロアチア語: Klapa)は、クロアチアのダルマチア地方で行われているア・カペラ(無伴奏)の男声合唱

 

 

Irene Massumi F U K E   (Brazil) 

 

Chisel of the wind  —        

ephemeral sculpture of the dune.

The moving art!

 

風の彫刻刀――

砂丘のつかのまの彫刻

動く芸術!

 

 

Knežević Vilma   (Croatia)

 

flowing river 

carries information

on eco-friendly homeland 

 

流れる川

情報を運ぶ

生態系にやさしい故郷に

 

 

Sofia Tsagari   (Greece)

 

Smiling dolphins

spurt out of the blue

to seize the breeze

 

微笑んでいるイルカ

青い海からほとばしり出る

そよ風をつかみ取るために

 

 

Kovačić Nina   (Croatia) 

 

rain at sea

drops disappear

in drops

 

海に雨

滴が消える

滴の中に

 

 

Dimitrij ŠKRK   (SLOVENIA) 

 

my feet in the sea …

the gull’s flight draws a skyline

between the two depths

 

海に入った私の足...

カモメの飛行が地平線を引き寄せる

二つの深さの間に

 

 

Štefanija Ludvig   (Croatia) 

 

calm sea

hills and cloudy sky

sinking with the Sun

 

穏やかな海

丘や曇った空

太陽と共に沈んでいる

 

 

Vladimir Ludvig (Croatia)  

 

flood —

torrents carry off the nest

small birds scream

 

洪水 --

激流が巣を運び去る

小鳥が金切り声を出す

 

 

David Nunn  (UK)

 

A cockatoo calls

The scent of frangipani

Infuses the air          

 

バタンが鳴き叫ぶ

プルメリアの香りが辺りの空気に満ちている

 

 

Sasa Vazic   (Serbia) 

 

distant mountain

bounces back from my sight …

a bluebird’s cry

 

遠い山

視界から反射してはね返る...

ブルーバードの鳴き声

 

 

Čeperić-Biljan Mihovila   (Croatia)

 

heat of the summer

in a glass of water ants

are drinking moonlight

 

夏の暑さ

水の入ったグラスの中で

蟻が月光を飲んでいる

 

 

Dušan Đurišić   (Montenegro) 

 

on the shore
a lone boat – in it
some fish scales

 

浜辺で

一艘の船 - その中で

魚を測っている

 

 

Birgit Schaldach-Helmlechner   (Germany) 

 

riverside forest

wind and waves play

our slow waltz

 

川岸の森

風と波が私たちのゆっくりとしたワルツを演奏する

 

 

Keith A. SIMMONDS   (France)  

 

Symphony of light
throbbing on a waterfall… 
aroma of dawn

 

光の交響曲

滝の上でわき立っている...

夜明けの気品

 

 

Kit Nagamura   (USA)  

 

moonlit wake

all that’s still

interweaving

 

月に照らされた通夜

静かなもの全て

織り混ざっている

 

 

Goran Gatalica   (Croatia) 

 

fragrance of the river –

pillows on the window

after storm

 

川の匂い ―

窓の上に枕

嵐の後

 

 

MELISA TADEO (Philippines)

 

Bamboo leaves glittered

With droplets from summer’s rain—

Hanging liquid pearls…

 

竹の葉がきらきら輝いていた

夏の雨の滴と共に-

液体の真珠を掛けながら...

 

 

Stoianka Boianova   (Bulgaria)

 

tops under the stars

heirs of  Orpheus picking roses

in fragrant valleys

 

星の下の頂

バラを摘むオルフェウスの継承者

よい香りの谷間

 

Minko Tanev   (Bulgaria) 

colorful tops
in the spectrum of the sun
Balkan Peninsula

 

色彩に富んだ頂

太陽のスペクトルの中

バルカン半島

 

 

Željko Funda   (Croatia) 

 

silence

broken by

a firefly flickering

 

静寂が明滅する蛍によって破られる

 

 

David McMurray   (Canada) 

 

Misty rain

fills the hot spring bath

silently

 

霧雨が熱い湯治場を静かに満たす

 

 

Anne Curran   (New Zealand)

 

a coxswain’s call

through morning mist …

dipping of oars

 

舵手の叫ぶ声

朝靄を通して...

オールの浸かる音

 

 

Julia Guzmán   (Argentina)

 

The sounds of the temple

among the cherries…

Petals falling

 

寺院の音

桜の花の中で...

花びらが散っている

 

 

Andrius Luneckas   (Lithuania)

 

sea horizon

so far so close

we are

 

水平線

とっても遠くとっても近い

私たちは

 

 

Marta Chocilowska   (Poland) 

 

sweltering heat

under the painter brush

chill of water

 

うだるような暑さ

画筆の下

水の冷たさ

 

 

Willy Cuvelier   (Belgium) 

 

My road map travels

to Japan as a boat

in origami.

 

私の道路地図は日本へ旅をする

折り紙の船で

 

 

Wiesław Karliński   (Poland)

 

the mountain lake

in the clouds and fog

I hear Grieg

 

山の湖

雲と霧の中で

私はグリーグの曲を聞く

 

 

John McDonald (UK) 

 

spring breeze –

cherry blossom

blowing across borders

 

春風-

桜の花が国境を越えて吹かれている

 

 

Smajil Durmisevic    (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

Bosnian hills,/ become smaller, on the road -/ to homeland!

 

ボスニアの丘、 / だんだん小さくなる、路上で― / 故郷へ

 

 

Ramona Linke  (German) 

 

Wajima City —

at the morning market

the taste of East Sea

 

輪島市--

朝市で

東洋の海の味

 

 

Chen-ou Liu  (Canada)

 

alone by the pond

frog song

lost in frog song

 

池のそばで独り

蛙の歌が蛙の歌に消える

 

 

Dubravko Korbus   (Croatia) 

 

the sea is

a flat plate – distant gull

flies beyond it

 

海は

平たい皿 ― 遠くのカモメ

飛び越える

 

 

Tatjana Debeljacki   (Serbia)

 

the daybreak

fields of amber

waves of the danube river 

 

夜明け

琥珀の野

ドナウ川の波

 

 

Vasile Moldovan  (Romania) 

 

Even nowadays

in the Black Sea mirror

the sky is still blue

 

今日でさえ

黒海の鏡では

空は相変わらず青い

 

 

Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic  (Croatia)

 

pond sunset

countless plops of

my shadow

 

池の夕焼け

私の影の数え切れないポチャンという音

 

 

Pravat Kumar Padhy   (India)

 

early dawn–

my daughter wishes mountain

to lift the sun

 

早い夜明け ――

私の娘が山に太陽を引き上げるように祈る

 

Translated by

Hidenori Hiruta

Founder

Akita International Haiku Network

 

 

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In 2013 Akita International University Press published ‘ISHII ROGETSU A MOON IN A DEWDROP SELECTED HAIKU (石井露月俳句集)’ by Alexander Dolin.

This book includes the article ‘THE HAIKU WIZARD FROM AKITA’, 328 selected haiku translated into English and Russian, copies of 7 original scrolls, some remains and so on in it. Some copies of them are shown as follows.

 

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In 2011 Susan Smela (セメラ勇花) from USA visited the Ishii Rogetsu Shiryoshitsu, climbing Mt. Takao (高尾山)Ishii Rogetsu loved to climb.

Inspired by Ishii Rogetsu’s fine works, Ms. Smela and her friends from Thailand, Germany and France made their haiku pictures through haiku workshop at Akita International University.

 

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The theme of the 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest was “mountain, sea, lake, river, or anything .”  Thank you very much again for your submission. We wish you a nice haiku life.

Lastly, let me present you with the following photo haiku on the Oga Peninsula (男鹿半島).

 

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詩の国秋田-2016.10  vol.8- 

発行日 平成28年10月30日

Published on  October 30, 2016

発行人 幸 野 稔

    KONO  Minoru

編集人 蛭 田 秀 法

    HIRUTA Hidenori

発行所 秋田国際俳句・川柳・短歌ネットワーク

Published by  Akita International Haiku Network

E-mail:  shhiruta@nifty.com

URL: https://akitahaiku.com/

 

 

1,167 haiku from 60 countries to 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

 

September 6, 2016

Akita International Haiku Network

In 2012, the 1st Japan -Russia Haiku Contest was launched with the help of JAPAN
CENTER IN VLADIVOSTOK as one of the links with the cultural exchange between Japan and Russia, wishing to provide an opportunity to mutually share haiku related to the theme of “the sea” (The Sea of Japan) which connects Japan and Russia.

The organizer hoped that the contest would serve as an opportunity to deepen mutual understanding among people, to promote the interaction of people’s views on Japan and Russia, as well as to convey the enjoyment of reading or composing haiku.

The organizer also hoped that it would serve as an opportunity to strengthen and develop the sister city relationship between Akita and Vladivostok, as well as to promote and increase cultural exchanges between Akita Prefecture and Primorsky Region.

The Akita International Haiku Network has held the Japan-Russia Haiku Contest since 2012, because the contests ended in a great success. In particular, in the 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in 2015, 1,146 haiku were submitted from 59 countries.

In 2016, the organizer sincerely hoped that the 5th Japan-Russia haiku contest would flourish more worldwide, and that haiku could deepen mutual understanding and enjoyment of different cultures between those people who read or compose the poem.

As a result, the organizer wishes haiku could help make the world peaceful.

 

1.  Only one haiku was allowed to be submitted per haiku poet, and there were three sections of Japanese haiku, Russian haiku, and English haiku. One of the languages had to be chosen from among Japanese, Russian, and English in composing and submitting haiku.

The theme was “mountain, sea, lake, river, or anything ”. 

As a result, 1,167 haiku were submitted from 60 countries.

 

2.  332 haiku were sent for the Japanese haiku section.

332 haiku were submitted from 5 countries: Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Taiwan, and USA.

 

3.  453 haiku were sent for the Russian haiku section.
    453 haiku were submitted from 18 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA, and Uzbekistan.

 

4.  382 haiku were sent for the English haiku section.

    382 haiku were submitted from 51 countries: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece,  Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, UK, USA, and Vietnam.

 

5.  Awards:

Akita Prefectural Governor’s Award is presented to the best haiku in the Japanese section.

Akita City Mayor’s Award is presented to the best haiku in the Russian section.

Akita International University President’s Award is presented to the best haiku in the English section.

JAL Foundation Award and Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President’s  Award are also presented to one of the honorable mentions in each section by the sponsors above mentioned.

Each winner is presented with the certificate and prize.

 

6.  The results of the contest are announced on the website of Akita International Haiku Network (https://akitahaiku.com/) at the beginning of October, 2016.

Three winners of each haiku section will be notified by email at the beginning of October, 2016.

Winner’s haiku and haiku of honorable mention are also posted with translations of the two other languages on the website.

 

Hidenori Hiruta

 

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 days, when I visited Kisakata(象潟) Basho visited on August 1, 1689, on his journey.

Basho and his party are said to have taken a boat out on the lagoon on Kisakata.  They put in first 能因島 (Nohin jima), Nohin Island, where they called at the remains of the hut in which 能因(Nohin)(988-?), a waka poet, lived in seclusion for three years.

After that, Basho and his party left for the opposite shore, where they landed from their boat, and they saw the cherry tree that stands as a memento of 西行法師(Saigyo hoshi)(1118-1190), Saigyo. Then they called at the temple standing nearby. In those days it was called the Ebb-and-Flow-Pearls Temple(干満珠寺)(Kanman ju ji), which is now called 蚶満寺 (Kanman ji), the Kanman-Temple.

 

Here are photos and haiku about the present-day Kisakata.

 

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Basho wrote about Kisakata in his travel diary The Narrow Road to Oku, 『おくのほそ道 (Oku no Hosomichi 』 .

鬼怒鳴門(キーン・ドナルド), Donald Keene, translated the last part about Kisakata into English as follows:

 

  Seated within the priests’ quarters of the temple, I rolled up the bamboo blinds and took in all at once the whole spectacle of Kisakata. To the south loomed Mount Chokai, supporting the heavens; its image was reflected in the water. To the west, one can see as far as Muyamuya Barrier; to the east, the road over the embankment leads to Akita in the distance. The sea is to the north. The place where the waves of the sea break into the lagoon is called Tide-Crossing. Kisakata is about two miles in either direction.

Kisakata resembles Matsushima, but there is a difference. Matsushima seems to be smiling, but Kisakata wears a look of grief. There is a sadness mingled with the silent calm, a configuration to trouble the soul.

 

Basho’s last lines might say that there is something woeful about Kisakata.

I wonder if Basho predicted that such a natural disaster as earthquake might occur in Kisakata in the future.

In fact, on July 10, 1804, a big earthquake occurred in Kisakata about 105 years after Basho’s visit there. The earthquake caused upheaval of ground by 2.4 meters. As a result, the lagoons were changed into dry land, most of which turns into paddy field.

Here are some excerpts of The Narrow Road to Oku, 『おくのほそ道 (Oku no Hosomichi 』, translated by鬼怒鳴門(キーン・ドナルド), Donald Keene.

 

キーン・ドナルド(1)

キーン・ドナルド(5)

キーン・ドナルド(2)キーン・ドナルド(3)キーン・ドナルド(4)

 

Here is a photo of 鬼怒鳴門(キーン・ドナルド), Donald Keene, my haiku friend and me, taken at Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan.

 

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Lastly, there are more information about Kisakata at the following website.

https://akitahaiku.com/2009/08/29/

https://akitahaiku.com/2009/09/12/

https://akitahaiku.com/2009/09/26/

https://akitahaiku.com/2011/05/14/

https://akitahaiku.com/2011/05/21/

 

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let haiku be on the UNESCO list! (50)

 

On April 8, 2016, Mr.  Ali Znaidi in Tunisia, kindly sent me an e-mail as follows.

 

Dear Mr. Hidenori Hiruta,

 

I want to add my voice (Tunisia’s voice) to the growing concern that haiku should be added to the UNESCO list. Although anchored in history (Berber, Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, etc) and rich in natural landscapes, Tunisia has no established tradition in creative writing in general and in particular in haiku writings in the English language. Most writers write either in Arabic or French. Haiku writing is not that famous because there are only a couple of writers among those who write creatively in the Arabic and French languages who are interested in writing and publishing this kind of poetry.

 

Humbly and without bragging, I can say that haiku in English made its way to the Tunisian literary scene with my haiku poems featured in international haiku journals and with my haiku book collection Bye, Donna Summer! which was published on March 11, 2014 by Fowlpox Press in Canada. It is a collection of haiku poems written within the traditional 5-7-5 syllable pattern. It is in fact the first Tunisian haiku poetry collection which is originally written and published in the English language.

 

Just a note: There are a couple of aspiring Tunisian poets who are trying their hands at writing haiku in English, but they are not featured in international haiku journals. They only publish some of their haiku poems in their Facebook pages.

 

As I said, some of my haiku poems have been published in international journals and have received haiku awards. The most recent are:

 

a straggly blue light—
the shadow of a dolphin
in my empty room

 

It was awarded a second prize (silver medal) on March 23, 2015 in the UPLI Global Poetry Contest [Category 4-The Prof. Noriko Mizusaki Award] (Philippines/USA).

 

full autumn moon…

an ant carrying away

a pomegranate seed

 

It won Honorable Mention on November 1, 2015 in the 2015 Annual Autumn Moon Haiku Contest run by the Bangor Haiku Group in Maine (USA).

 

full moon…

the weight of

the blood donor’s joy

 

It received a High Commendation in February 2016 in the 2015 Blood Donation Haiku Contest (Croatia).

 

I am supporting haiku as an oldest form of poetry that encompasses simplicity and at the same time enigma and mystery. It’s like nature simple and enigmatic. I would like to add my voice to those who want to make haiku included in UNESCO’s list as a heritage and as a universal form of art not to be forgotten in the midst of a hectic technological era.

 

Here is a photo of Ali Znaidi!

 

Ali Znaidi Headshot

 

Here is his bio!

 

Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), and Mathemaku x5 (Spacecraft Press, 2015). For more, visit aliznaidi.blogspot.com.

 

Greetings and peace from Tunisia,

 

Ali Znaidi (Tunisia)

@AliZnaidi

 

Lastly, let me take up haiku by Hidenori Hiruta(蛭田秀法), whose pen name is HIRUTA Syuto(蛭田秋稲).

 

初夢や俳星となる我が地球

 

First dream –

let the earth be

a haiku planet

 

This haiku appears in the haiku magazine ‘HI (HAIKU INTERNATIONAL) 2016  No.124’  published by Dr. Akito Arima on May. 31, 2016.

 

HAIKU INTERNATIONAL N0.124

 

HI N0.124(p.35)

 

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

 

 

 

素敵な油断(表)

 

Here are 50 senryu in a senryu anthology “A moment of a Cute Carelessness” ,  川柳句集「素敵な油断」by Hasegawa Suigetsu (長谷川酔月).

And here are English translations of them by Hiroshi Sugawara (菅原浩).

 

 

夫婦別姓芝生のイスが白すぎる

 

Separate surnames!

The chair on the grass

Too white.

 

 

子を避暑に送り出してる火の車

 

Sending a child

To a summer resort

On a very tight budget.

 

 

限界をとうに超えてる妻のムチ

 

The wife’s whip

Already

Beyond the limits.

 

 

背後霊がきてボーナスを明け渡す

 

A guardian spirit coming,

Required to give her

The bonus.

 

 

免税というから狂い出す財布

 

Because of tax-free,

Accidently loosening

The purse strings.

 

 

家中がサーカス飛んでくる妻子

 

My family are all circus.

My wife and children

Come flying.

 

 

他意などはないと言い張るのし袋

 

The Noshi:

Insisting on not having

Any other intentions.

 

 

百均を抜けて安定期に入る

 

Coming out of 100-yen shop,

The economic situation

Becoming stable.

 

 

タンポポが風に乗る性善説の地図

 

Dandelion carried on the wind,

The map based on a doctrine:

Humans by nature good.

 

 

疑いを知らぬつぶらな瞳が怖い

 

Alarmed by

Cute round eyes

With no suspicion.

 

 

便り絶え都会で熟れていくりんご

 

Losing the contact with her home,

Apples are ripening

In the city.

 

 

裏山でガキ大将が雲にのる

 

At the mountain behind his home

The leader of the kids,

Getting on the clouds.

 

 

兄ちゃんに逢うブランコをしきりに漕ぐ

 

Hoping to meet a brother,

I get on a swing

Repeatedly.

 

 

赤とんぼ秋の音符を解き放つ

 

Red dragonflies

Release a musical note

In fall.

 

 

サーカスのポスターに嗅ぐ父の肩

 

Sniffing at the circus poster,

I wonder if it is

Father’s shoulder.

 

 

無表情な野良犬がきてほっとする

 

An expressionless,

Stray dog coming,

I felt relieved.

 

 

草笛の真っただ中で父と逢う

 

In the middle of

The sound of grass whistle,

I meet my father.

 

 

黄揚羽の軽さで愛がきて停まる

 

Like a light swallowtail,

Love comes flying

And stops.

 

 

文字間の愛をさがして神無月

 

Searching for love

Between the lines,

October.

 

 

折鶴をひとつ飛ばして恋終わる

 

Letting a folded

Paper crane flying,

The love ended.

 

 

振り向けば振り向いている過去の人

 

Looking back at

The person of the past,

She turns around me.

 

 

風花が粋な別れに付いてくる

 

Snowflakes

Coming with

A smart parting.

 

 

ドラマよりひどい男は俺だろう

 

Bad people appear

In the drama, but

I am worse.

 

 

暗闇でネコもわたしも冴えている

 

My cat and I

Are so sharp

In the dark.

 

 

蛇行して河なにごともなく流れ

 

The river winds

Lazily as if

Nothing happened.

 

 

嘲笑うカラスがいつも視野にいる

 

I always capture

A crow scoffing at me

In my field of view.

 

 

冬木立ちあれは頑固な父の背な

 

Winter grove!

That is a stubborn

Father’s shoulder.

 

 

転勤に慣れて身軽なカタツムリ

 

The snails

Getting used to a transfer,

Are footloose.

 

 

ドアで待つ猫に仮面を外される

 

At the door

The cat is waiting

And I throw off my mask.

 

 

布団干す幸せそうな貌をして

 

Airing out the futon,

She looks like

A happy person.

 

 

留守電で田舎の父が吠えている

 

On the answering machine

My father is yelling

In the country.

 

 

りんご剥く手から独身主義くずれ

 

The principle of a single life

Falls from the hands

Of peeling an apple.

 

 

いつだって男は芯を摘みたがる

 

Always

Men are inclined to

Removed the core.

 

 

秘め事をあかるく弾くシャワーの湯

 

The water of a shower

Repel a secret

Cheerfully.

 

 

茶漬け食う男の愛がまだ読めぬ

 

The man having chazuke

Can’t understand

The mind of love yet.

 

 

深読みのタクトはやはり妻が振る

 

The wife conducts

A baton of a deep insight

As I expected.

 

 

値踏みした猫が結局妻に向く

 

The cat evaluating,

Takes sides with a wife

In the end.

 

 

嫉妬かもしれぬ男の花粉症

 

Men’s having pollen allergy,

Perhaps out of

Jealousy.

 

 

百叩きしようか意味のない笑い

 

I’ll hit

Over and over again

The meaningless laugh.

 

 

ガブリ噛むりんごの味にある未練

 

Biting an apple

With the mouth wide open,

The apple tastes of regrets.

 

 

友から妻へ三十八度線こえる

 

Crossing the 38th parallel,

She changed

From a friend to a wife.

 

 

頭を下げた母の背中に裁かれる

 

Judged by

Mother’s bowing

And her back.

 

 

ウマの骨ほめて春雷鳴りやまず

 

Admiring someone

You really don’t know,

The spring thunder roars.

 

 

ひざ上で不埒な猫が目をつむる

 

On its owner’s lap

The offensive cat

Closing the eyes.

 

 

きずなへの祈りをだいて乗る電車

 

Saying a prayer

For family ties,

Getting on a train.

 

 

みどり児がつかむ旅立ちの風だよ

 

A newborn baby,

Catching the wind of

Departure.

 

 

嬉しさを隠そうとする父の下駄

 

My father wearing geta,

Tries to suppress

His joy.

 

 

しあわせを絵に描く父の高いびき

 

Father snores loudly;

The incarnation of

Happiness.

 

 

よさそうだ無心にカニを食う嫁で

 

The bride,

Eating a crab innocently,

Seem to be nice.

 

 

片付けて何か淋しい母の背な

 

Putting the room in order,

Somehow mother’s shoulder

Feel lonely.

 

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

素敵な油断(表)

 

Here are 50 senryu in a senryu anthology “A moment of a Cute Carelessness” ,  川柳句集「素敵な油断」by Hasegawa Suigetsu (長谷川酔月).

And here are English translations of them by Hiroshi Sugawara (菅原浩).

 

 

夕焼けこやけいつか独りの隠れんぼ

 

At sunset some day,

Playing hide-and-seek

All alone.

 

 

落ち鮎を焼く秋の日のものがたり

 

The story of a day;

Burning the ayu

In the fall.

 

 

マンションで何度も亡母が煮こぼれる

 

At the condominium

My late mother

Boiled over many times.

 

 

視界ゼロの街真っ赤なシャツを着る

 

On the street

Of zero visibility,

Wearing a red shirt.

 

 

指定席ポツンと風の中にある

 

A reserved seat,

Secured alone

In the wind.

 

 

命けずって5段評価の3である

 

Risking my life,

Valued at three-grade ranking

On five-grade scale.

 

 

描きかけの未来図がある蒼い部屋

 

A future plan,

Left unfinished

In the blue room.

 

 

卯の花の匂いはるけく母といる

 

With the deutzia smelling,

It’s becoming spring-like,

Mother beside me.

 

 

風待っているのは散り際のもみじ

 

Maple trees,

Just start to fall,

Waiting for the wind.

 

 

あの人にいつか答えを出す夕陽

 

To that person

The setting sun some day,

Giving a final answer.

 

 

指切りげんまん素敵な油断見てしまう

 

Linking each other’s finger,

A moment of a cute carelessness

can be seen.

 

 

新雪へ熱きものあり銀の笛

 

For new snow,

Hoping for intense love,

I play the silver flute.

 

 

片目だけ開けて夫婦が許し合う

 

With one eye opening,

Married couple overlook the error,

Getting along well.

 

 

九合目で沈まぬ夕陽食べ尽くす

 

At the ninth station

The setting sun, not sinking,

Eats up the mountain.

 

 

地に伏して父の𠮟咤を聴いている

 

On the ground

Lying down,

I hear farther rebuke me.

 

 

定年のこぶし野獣の臭いする

 

At a retired age,

His fists smell like

Beast’s scent.

 

 

二度の煮え湯くすりにしておこう

 
Over the course of life,

Terribly betrayed once or twice,

It’s a good medicine.

 

 

書くことは何もなかった雪原野

 

Nothing!

To draw

In the snow fields.

 

 

子の愚痴をゆっくり煮込む母の鍋

 

A child’s complaints,

Slowly boiled up

In his mother’s pot.

 

 

お互いに素性は問わぬ紙コップ

 

Paper cups never ask

And reveal its identity

Each other.

 

 

金で済むことでしょと妻はゆるぎなし

 

The wife says,

“Money solves the problem”,

Establishing a firm position.

 

 

スルメ裂くこの手が何と罪深い

 

How sinful

This hand!,

Tearing the dried squid.

 

 

雨は秋 思想のしみた旗を巻く

 

The rain in autumn,

Rolling up

A thought-soaked flag.

 

 

切手貼るこれは立派な果たし状

 

Putting a stamp,

This is a fine

Letter of challenge

 

 

油断するまで喉ちんこ見せておく

 

Until the rival

Is off guard,

Keep showing a uvula.

 

 

定年が近いぞ 死んだふりしよう

 

The retirement age

Coming up,

Let’s pretend to be dead.

 

 

プロセスはどうあれワイン赤にする

 

Whatever the process,

I’d like

Red wine.

 

 

生まれ変わって妻のエプロン白く干す

 

Reborn,

I’ll dry wife’s apron

As white.

 

 

イカ刺しの白さは母の歯の白さ

 

The whiteness of squid sashimi;

The same as

Mother’s teeth.

 

 

何もかも許した山が赤く燃え

 

The mountain,

Forgiving everything,

Is burning brightly.

 

 

ちゃぶ台に律義な母の声がする

 

I hear

Faithful mother’s voices

On the low dining table…   .

 

 

小咄しをメーンデイッシュの焦げにおく

 

A funny joke,

Softening the scorch

Of the main dish.

 

 

不揃いのナスもトマトもよく笑う

 

Eggplants and tomatoes,

Not of the same size,

Laugh a lot.

 

 

かみなりを一匹連れる打開策

 

To break a deadlock,

I’ll bring

Only thunder.

 

 

お疲れさま女房と猫が背負う月

 

“Thanks a lot!”

The Wife and a cat supporting me,

Shouldering the moon.

 

 

平凡な愛だが銀の皿に盛る

 

Dishing up

An ordinary love

On the silver plate.

 

 

熱燗で鬼一匹を飼い馴らす

 

Hot sake

Tames

A demon.

 

 

妻に恵まれ だまって 飯を食っている

 

Blessed with a wife,

Having a meal

Silently.

 

 

海の絵におやじの好きな帆が二つ

 

In a picture of the sea,

Father’s favorite sails,

Two

 

 

ちぐはぐな釦が飛んでばかりいる

 

Unfitted buttons,

Always

Undone.

 

 

抜けそうな釘を黙って打ち直す

 

A nail coming out,

Strike it again

In silence.

 

 

ふろしきで亭主を包む癖がある

 

Having a habit of

Wrapping a husband

In furoshiki.

 

 

雪しんしん座り羅漢が春を待つ

 

The snow falling silently,

A Buddhist, attained enlightenment,

Sitting and waiting for spring.

 

 

ペルシャ猫お前少ぅし肩が凝る

 

You, Persian cat!

Stiffening me

A little bit.

 

 

かぼちゃ煮て春は近いというカルテ

 

Boil a pumpkin!

Medical records saying,

“Spring is near at hand.”

 

 

おはぎ二個絵にしてぼたん雪が降る

 

Two Japanese rice cake

Making a good picture,

The snow falling in large flakes.

 

 

子が欲しい家庭が欲しい北の窓

 

The north window

Needs a child

And a family.

 

 

朝市で婆の笑顔がよく売れる

 

At an open-air market

An old woman’s smile

Sells well.

 

 

すぐしゃがむ癖でわたしは犬の性

 

My habit of

Crouching at once

In the nature of dogs.

 

 

雪解けてみんな喜劇にしてしまう

 

Snow melting,

Changes everything

Into comedies.

 

川柳句集「素敵な油断」, “A moment of a Cute Carelessness” (2) appears on April 24.

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

素敵な油断(裏)

 

長谷川 酔 月  プロフィール

 

1 雅号等  長谷川酔月(本名 長谷川三紀夫)

  住 所  010-0973  秋田県秋田市八橋本町4丁目3-18

  電 話  018-864-3782  (FAX兼用)

  川柳略歴 1994年に「川柳銀の笛吟社」創設。

       (月刊柳誌銀の笛発行・月例会主宰)

      現在、川柳銀の笛吟社主幹、秋田市川柳協会会長、

                         秋田県川柳懇話会副会長、

      全日本川柳協会常任幹事。

      第22回国民文化祭川柳とくしま大会選者、

                         2011年全日本川柳仙台大会選者、

      第29回国民文化祭秋田大会選者。

      秋田市文化団体連盟賞、東北川柳連盟功労賞。

  著 作 川柳句集「素敵な油断」

 

2 川柳を始めたきっかけ

 1989(平成元)年、秋田県五城目町で在職中、たまたま朝市に出掛けた時に、川柳作品が飾られているのを見て、自分が長年やろうと思っていたのはこれかなと感じました。

 川柳を書くことで気持ちが整理できてすっきりします。また、発表すると共感してくださる人もいます。そういうことでどんどんのめり込んでいきました。

 翌年、同町の「すずむし吟社」に入会、本格的に川柳を始めました。

1993(平成5)年、秋田市に転勤になりました。平日仕事している人が出席できる吟社が秋田市になかったので、1年間、五城目町に通っていました。底辺の拡大や後継者の育成のためには、現職の方でも出席できる吟社の必要性を感じ、翌年「川柳銀の笛吟社」を立ち上げました。

 

3 活動内容

 会の活動の中心は月2回の例会です。日曜日の日中と平日の夜間各1回ずつ行っています。それぞれ合わせて約100名の方に参加していただいています。また、コミュニティ放送への出演、花見吟行会の開催、県内外の各種川柳大会など楽しみながらやっています。

 個人としては、秋田魁新報はじめ、様々な場所・大会での選者をやらせていただいています。また、小学校のクラブ活動で子どもたちに川柳の楽しさを伝えさせていただいています。さらには、篤志面接委員として、秋田刑務所において被収容者に川柳指導を行い、更正のお手伝いもしています。最近は、講演等で川柳の魅力を伝える機会が増えてきました。

 

4 雅号について

 幼い頃から月を見るのが好きで、月を見ながらいろいろなことを考えるんです。そこで「月を見れば月に酔う」を略して、「酔月」とつけました。

 

5 最近の川柳について

 私たちが目ざす川柳は、人間の喜怒哀楽を主体に詠む、いわば本格文芸であり文学です。

 笑いは川柳の大事な要素ですが、無理に笑わせるのではなく、自然に滲みでる上品な笑いを表現することにより、人々が癒されるわけです。

 最近は、サラリーマン川柳に代表されるような、公募川柳や時事川柳がマスコミをにぎわしています。

 これらの川柳には、言葉あそびやダジャレが入っているものが多く、人間の喜怒哀楽が入りこむ余地はないといえます。

 私としては、サラリーマン川柳など公募川柳の中から、言葉あそびやダジャレの類を排除した作品を作っていくべきだと思っています。

 

6 近作

  そこだけが煌めいている卵たち

  ふと枕ぬらすラジオの深夜便

  風が哭き山が動いた日をかたる

 

Hasegawa Suigetsu   Profile

 

1    Pen name: Hasegawa Suigetsu  (Real name: Hasegawa Mikio)
2   Address: 4-3-18 Motomachi, Yabase, Akita-city, Akita 010-0973 Japan
3   Telephone and FAX: (Japan81)18-864-3782 E-mail: suigetsu@camel.plala.or.jp

4   Senryu Personal Record:

 Founded  “Senryu Silver Flute” in 1994.

Now the chief of senryu silver flute.

The president of Akita City senryu association.

The all-Japan senryu association regular coordinator.

The selector of all-Japan senryu Sendai Contest in 2011, the 29th national cultural Festival in Akita.
5    Writings:  senryu “A moment of a Cute Carelessness” 
 

6  The motivation of starting senryu

 

In 1989, during my time in office in Akita prefectural Gojome-town, I happened to

find the works of senryu displayed at an open-air market, and realized senryu was what I had long expected to do. By writing senryu, I could put my feeling in order and felt refreshed. That’s why I was absorbed in senryu rapidly. Next year, I joined “Suzumushi” in Gojome-town and began writing senryu in earnest. In 1994 I founded “senryu Silver Flute” in order to train successors and expand the bottom of senryu, so that the incumbent workers could attend the meeting.

7   Activities
The central activities are regular meeting held twice each month, about 100 members

attending the meeting. We make appearances on community broadcast, and hold a cherry blossom viewing meeting, making senryu. Also, we enjoy a various kind of senryu contest.

Personally I act as a judge at Akita Sakigake newspaper and so many places. I teach children how to compose senryu in elementary school club activity. In Akita prison I teach prisoners senryu and help to reform them. Recently the chance to tell the charm of senryu is increasing at a lecture.

8   The recent trend of senryu
We are mainly aiming at feelings-based senryu, so to speak, full-scale arts and science: literature. Sense of humor is an important factor in senryu. Humans feel at ease by expressing graceful laughter spontaneously, not by forcing people to laugh.

Recently public senryu or current events senryu get a lot of attention, especially salaried senryu. Some of these senryu include word play or a boring joke and there is no room for including the joys and sorrows of life. It is my personal opinion that we should remove word play or a boring joke, making full-scale arts and science: literature.

9   Pen name
I would like to see the moon and think about a various kind of things since I was a small child. Whenever I see the moon, I am intoxicated with the moon. So I named my pen name ‘Suigetsu’.

10   Recent works
 

そこだけが煌いている卵たち

Only at that place

Is glittering

With kids

 

ふと枕ぬらすラジオの深夜便

Unexpectedly

A midnight radio program,

Wetting the pillow with tears

 

風が哭き山が動いた日をかたる

Telling the day,

When people cried and

The political situation changed

 

訳者紹介  菅原浩

菅原浩

 

今日は!私は川柳の翻訳家の菅原浩です。現在、高校の英語教師ですが、川柳が大好きで自分も作っています。川柳は日本の短詩型の文学の一つで、5-7-5の17音字です。ユーモアに軽いタッチで人情、世相、風俗などを風刺するものです。

 川柳の世界に飛び込んでみませんか?ウイットや風刺に富んだ人間の喜びや悲しみを共有することができ、また、自由に自分の考えを表現できます。俳句同様に川柳の面白さや奥の深さを楽しむことができます。

 

墓参り 家族の絆 強くする

 

Hello, everyone!  I’m Hiroshi Sugawara, a translator of senryu ( a humorous haiku). Now I’m teaching English in a senior high school. I love senryu and write senryu myself.

Senryu, made up of 17 syllables arranged in a 5-7-5 pattern, is said to be the shortest poetic form in Japan. It is said that senryu, humorously and gently satirize human feelings, social conditions and manners of today.

Why don’t you join the world of senryu, which is humorous and satiric?  We can share the pleasure and the sorrow of human beings in common.  Also, we can freely express our real intentions.  I’m sure senryu interest you and you can enjoy the great depth of senryu as well as haiku.

 

墓参り家族の絆強くする

   Visiting the ancestor’s grave

Making the family ties

Stronger

 

 

50 senryu in the senryu anthology ‘A moment of a Cute Carelessness’ by Hasegawa Suigetsu (1)  appear on April 17.

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

 

Here is a photo and haiku about Namahage.

 

神の使者

 

In the Oga Peninsula, Akita Prefecture in the northern Honshu, Japan, there is a deep feeling of mystery as the New Year begins. There is the “Devil Festival” held there on December 31, a ceremony that children find exciting and full of thrills. Two or five young men dressed in straw rain capes, large straw boots and wearing frightful masks run as fast as possible through the village in the snow and shout in a monster-like voice as they knock upon each door. When the door is open, the first devil describes himself as the spirit, while the second devil beats upon a wooden bucket with a large cutting knife.

The elders of the house receive them and bring the devils into the house and the living room. As the devils walk slowly down the hall way the devil of Namahage will shout in a loud voice. “Where are the crybabies in this house?”  Suddenly the devil slides open a door and there will be the children. Namahage will shout. “Are you good children?” “Are you working hard at school?” Of course, the children all nod their heads that they are doing their best.

 

なまはげ(大晦日)

 

神の使者童育む大晦日

Messengers of god

bring up Oga children

New Year’s Eve

 

The real purpose of the arrival of the devils is to punish the lazy fellow who does not do his work or help the parents with the house chores.                                      

The head of the family will serve the devils in a formal manner with sake and fish while the children and the housewife watch from a respectful distance. Suddenly the devil will shout to the wife “Is the cooking knife sharp?”  “Are the New Year’s beans boiled?”

 

なまはげ (御膳)

 

The festival consists of drama between human beings and the guardian deities. It is carried out as tradition and custom in the richness and fantasy afforded people of this part of the world. The figures suddenly rush out of the house to pound on the next door in their frantic scratch for a lazy fellow.

Here is a legend about Namahage.

The legend of the Namahage varies according to an area. An Akita legend has developed regarding the origins of namahage, that Emperor Wu of Han (d. 87 BC) from China came to Japan bringing five demonic ogres to the Oga area, and the ogres established quarters in the two local high peaks, Honzan (本山) and Shinzan (真山). These oni (鬼), as they are most commonly called in Japan, stole crops and young women from Oga’s villages.

The citizens of Oga wagered the demons that if they could build a flight of stone steps, one thousand steps in all, from the village to the five shrine halls (variant: from the sea shore to the top of Mt. Shinzan) all in one night, then the villagers will supply them with a young woman every year. But if they failed the task they would have to leave. But just as the ogres were about to complete the work, a villager mimicked the cry of a rooster, and the ogres departed, believing they had failed.

 

男鹿図屏風(1)

男鹿図屏風(2)

 

Here are interpretations about the festival.
An obvious purpose of the festival is to encourage young children to obey their parents and to behave, important qualities in Japan’s heavily structured society. Parents know who the Namahage actors are each year and might request them to teach specific lessons to their children during their visit. The Namahage repeat the lessons to the children before leaving the house.

Some ethnologists and folklorists suggest it relates to a belief in deities (or spirits) coming from abroad to take away misfortune and bring blessings for the new year, while others believe it is an agricultural custom where the kami (神, or god) from the sacred mountains visit.

Lastly, let me refer to the Namahage Sedo Festival.

The Namahage Sedo Festival is held on the grounds of the Shinzan Shrine at the foot of Mount Shinzan on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February every year, when the “Devil Festival” on December 31 is re-enacted for the public there.

 

なまはげ柴灯まつり(1)

 

Namahage join the festival as messengers of god in the following way.

First of all, there is a ceremony in which young men are exorcized and changed into messengers of god with devil masks handed by Shinto priest(神官), entering Mount Shinzan as Namahage.

 

真山神社(1)

真山神社(2)

真山神社(3)

 

Then, those Namahage come down to the grounds of the Shinzan Shrine to take part in the festival.

 

なまはげ柴灯まつり(2)

 

真山の祭りに降りる神の使者

From Mount Shinzan

descend messengers of god

into a festival

 

Namahge give performances through sacred music and dance in the festival.

 

なまはげ柴灯まつり(3)

 

柴燃えて生剥げ踊る神楽かな

Firewood burning

Namahage absorbed in

sacred music and dance

 

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The Oga people have coexisted with nature, inventing drama between human beings and the guardian deities. Giving birth to a feeling of mystery, the festival presents children something exciting and fantastic. The children gradually develop a sense of affiliation with their community and its culture, while the men who act as Namahage reinforce their identity and the continuity of their longstanding traditions.

Namahage is expected in the near future to be added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO as Koshikijima no Toshidon in Kagoshima Prefecture was in 2009.  

We sincerely hope that UNESCO will pay more attention to the campaign “Let haiku be on the UNSCO list!” through haiku about Namahage.

Haiku will be loved more because of its brevity and its coexistence with nature, by which the earth will be a haiku planet.

 

By Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

 

On November 3, 2015, Hidenori Hiruta took part in the panel discussion of the Only One Kagoshima Tree Haiku Contest festival held as one of the 30th National Culture Festival Haiku events at the International University of Kagoshima.

Then, Hiruta had a chance to talk about the signatures of 106 haikuists from 15 different countries, who signed to support the initiative to have haiku recognized as important cultural world heritage at the Second International Haiku Conference in Poland, 17 May 2015, at the 19th Haiku Meeting in Croatia, 13 June 2015, and at Gathering of haiku poets in the Castle of Zrinski in Croatia, 12 September 2015.

Here are copies of PowerPoint used in Hiruta’s presentation.

 

国文祭・かごしま(5)

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On September 12, 2015, Gathering of haiku poets was held in the Castle of Zrinski, Brod na Kupi, Delnice, Croatia.

Here is part of a letter Ms. Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia, sent to Hidenori Hiruta.

Dear Hidenori-san,

this autumn, Croatian haiku poets met in the town of Delnice, county of Gorski Kotar – The green heart of Croatia, for the third time. This gathering adorns a large number of the grammar school children’s works, which you may witness yourself in the joint collection enclosed herewith. Poets from 43 Croatian towns sent their work to the haiku competition.                                                                  

The theme were: a butterfly, the river.                                          

In the name of the adult poets and the children who will carry haiku on in the future, we hope haiku will soon be on the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. For, we have become a large family, connected by haiku. And that’s the wealth we have to care for and preserve for the future generations.

 

Here is a copy in the references used in Hiruta’s presentation.

 

国文祭・かごしま(13)

 

On November 2, 2015, Hidenori Hiruta visited Chiran Peace Park (知覧平和公園) in Chiran, Kagoshima Prefecture by bus.

There is a bronze statue of a kamikaze pilot standing in the Peace Park near Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots (知覧特攻平和会館).                        

 

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On May 3, 1974, the Chiran Tokko Irei Kensho Kai (知覧特攻慰霊顕彰会 Chiran Tokko Memorial Association) unveiled this statue based on the design of Ioki Ito, a judge for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition.

The inscription on the base of the statue says “tokoshie ni” (とこしえに forever).

A plaque next to the statue gives the following information:

 

Origin of Kamikaze Pilot Statue Named “Forever”

In the end, special attack planes never returned.

These brave men must have gone while thinking of their country and parents and hoping for eternal peace.

The kamikaze pilot “Forever” was erected through kind people from around the country.

A brave man who disappeared south of Kaimon,

We pray that his spirit rests in peace forever,

With the desire to immortalize his brave figure.

 

Then, Hiruta visited the Tokkō Peace Kannondō (特攻平和観音堂).  

The Tokkō Peace Kannondō is a temple having a statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy inside.

The image enshrined within is a 0.58m(一尺八寸) replica statue of the Yumechigai Kannon (夢違観音 Dream-Changing Kannon), a National Treasure at Hōryū-ji. The names of the 1,036 kamikaze pilots are written on paper within her womb.

 

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The Tokkō Peace Kannondō was erected in 1955 thanks to donations collected by Tome Torihama(鳥濱トメ), who ran the Tomiya Inn frequented by the pilots, and who sought to redeem their memory after the war.                                                         Stone lanterns dedicated to the pilots line the approach to the temple.     

 

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Lastly, here is a photo haiku Hidenori Hiruta made during his stay in Kagoshima (鹿児島).

 

知覧の桜

 

秋深し知覧の桜根を広ぐ    秋稲

deep autumn

Chiran cherry trees spreading

their roots

 

On February 1, 2016, the Japanese haiku above appeared with Hidenori Hiruta’s pen name ‘秋稲’in the haiku magazine 『天為』.

This magazine is published by the haiku group Ten’I (Providence) (天為)led by Dr. Akito Arima (有馬朗人), President of the Haiku International Association (HIA) (国際俳句交流協会).

 

知覧の桜(天為)

 

By Hidenori Hiruta