Miss Masuda Aika (桝田愛佳)began painting haiga in her elementary school days.

In summer, 2008, her mother, Ms. Masuda Junko (桝田純子), and David Ferron, an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Akita City, Akita, Japan, took up haiga by Masuda Aika as their haiga project.

 We posted their haiga project on the website, dividing it into three stages in November, 2009.

We are very pleased that you appreciated haiga by an elementary schoolgirl in Akita.

Miss Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳), is now a freshman at Seirei Senior High School in Akita, and contributed her haiga to our website again recently.

Her mother, Ms. Masuda Junko (桝田純子) wrote haiku and translated them into English.

 We hope that you will enjoy their haiga and haiku on our website again.

  

In her second year : Sotoasahikawa Junior High School

  

 

 

No snow

 even in February

so bright afternoon

by Junko

  

Green leaves shining  

 she who falls in love

shining too

by Junko

 

 

 First hit by my brother  

 even flowers swinging

with joy

by Junko

  

 

From a heaven room

 watching fireflies glow

with my best friend

by Junko

 

 

  Rokugo’s springwater

 shining

 reflecting the sky

by Junko

 In Rokugo, town of water, we can see clouds reflected in the pond of the garden.

 

 

Jack-o-lantern

 smiling at me

from outside the window

by Aika

  

 

Red dragonflies

 basking in the sunshine

friendly with shades

by Junko

 

 

 Happy New Year

                                 by Aika

 

 

 Favorite pastime

sewing one by one

waiting for spring

by Aika

 

 

My dream comes true  

cherry blossoms blooming

in my mind

by Junko

Ms. Doi  Ikuko (土井育子), the best friend of Aika’s mother’s,  presented her Tanka (短歌) to Aika.

 

Oh, my sweet baby!

Grow up healthy

with the Japanese spirit;

Sakura,

sakura,

it’s the century flower.

 

すこやかに 大和魂 育たんや さくら さくらは 世紀の花よ 

Sukoyaka ni  yamato damashii  sodatan ya  sakura sakura wa  seiki no hana yo

The names of all her family members appear in her tanka, says Ikuko.

Her husband’ s name is 世紀(Seiki) (Century), her son’s name is 健太郎(Kentaro) (Healthy boy), her daughter’s name is さくら (Sakura) (Cherry flower), and her name, 育子(Ikuko),  means ‘Sodatsu ‘( Grow up). 

 

 

 

Around there

I felt

as if I heard your voice;

turning around

I found the blue ocean only

By Junko

 

 In her third year : Sotoasahikawa Junior High School

 

  

 

Spring in full swing

so am I

in the 9th grade at last

by Aika

 

 

Soap bubbles

rise in the sky of Tokyo  

school trip

by Aika

 

 

Under the sky

the first rose has opened

summer begins

by Aika

 

 

First swimming

with the rainbow seen

beyond the pool shower

by Aika

 

 Mt. Chokai’s flowers

fascinating

late summer

by Junko

 

 The last haiga was presented to Yousei Hime, whose blog is SHITEKI NA USAGI ( http://tasmith1122.wordpress.com/).

 

 

In the main hall

praying for good luck

winter light outside

by Junko

  

The next posting, Haiku by Lars Palm in Sweden, appears on March 27.

― Hidenori Hiruta

 

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Miss Masuda Aika (桝田愛佳)began painting haiga in her elementary school days.

In summer, 2008, her mother, Ms. Masuda Junko (桝田純子), and David Ferron, an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Akita City, Akita, Japan, took up haiga by Masuda Aika as their haiga project.

We posted their haiga project on the website, dividing it into three stages in November, 2009.

We are very pleased that you appreciated haiga by an elementary schoolgirl in Akita.

Miss Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳), is now a freshman at Seirei Senior High School in Akita, and contributed her haiga to our website again recently.

Her mother, Ms. Masuda Junko (桝田純子) wrote haiku and translated them into English.

 We hope that you will enjoy their haiga and haiku on our website again.

 

Winter : in the Sixth Grade

  

 

Dear Santa Claus,

this is my wish:

You could realize everyone’s dreams

by Aika

 

 

Happy New Year!

with my idol

in my arms

by Aika

 

 

On graduation

walking with light steps

full of hope

by Aika

 

 

Young leaves open  

Singing lessons begin

for graduation

by Junko

 

 

In her first year : Sotoasahikawa Junior High School

  

 

Freshman ceremony

 brightly shining

the unifrom’s white lines

 by Suiho (Haiga teacher)

 

 

 Early in the morning

 parents picked warabi

boiled green

warabi = bracken

 by Junko

 

 

 

I’m home 

 my son played with the sun

as he liked

by Junko

 

 

Big fireworks

 disappeaed instant

into the heavens

by Junko

  

 

 The fall wind

 breezes in celebration

my birthday

by Junko

 

 

In the blue sky

 red leaves are flying

colorful

 by Atsushi (Aika’s father)

 

 

 

Happy New Year

2007

by Aika

  

Happy New Year

                              by Aika

 

 Demons out!  Good luck in!

by Aika

 

The next posting, Haiga by Masuda Aika (Part 5 ), appears on March 20.

― Hidenori Hiruta

 

Haiku poets celebrated the New Year by writing haiku, painting haiga, or taking pictures, and so on.

Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)painted haiga to celebrate the Year of the Tiger in Akita, Japan.

 

Masuda Junko(桝田純子), Aika’s mother, wrote haiku for her sister, who is expecting a baby 13 years after her marriage.

on tiger’s back

miracle baby coming

to my sister

 

 

寅の背にのって夢の子やってくる

Tora no se ni  notte yume no ko  yatte kuru

 

Roberta Beary wrote haiku at her family reunion in Washington, DC, USA.

new year’s visit

3 generations greet me

with the same smile

 

 

新年や微笑み同じ三世代

Shin nen ya  hohoemi onaji  san sedai

 

 

Emiko Miyashita(宮下惠美子) wrote haiku at her mother’s family reunion in Fukushima, Japan.

New Year’s morning 

mother’s kitchen crowded

with sisters- in-law

 

 

あらたまの母の厨の混みあへり

Aratama no  haha no kuriya no  komiae ri

 

 

Fay Aoyagi(青柳飛)wrote haiku in celebration of the 1st anniversary of the birth of ‘Today’s Haiku’  in her blog ‘Blue Willow Haiku World’  in San Francisco, CA, USA.

She has been introducing many haiku as possible, translating them into English for non-Japanese readers.

Basho’s Deep North

my footsteps zigzag

on the first snow

 

 

陸奥(みちのく)の初雪を踏むジグザグと

Michinoku no  hatsuyuki wo fumu  jiguzagu to

 

Yousei Hime wrote haiku in a challenging way on New Year’s Day in Michigan, USA.

she tracks lean oxen

with passionate roar, springshunts

for a better year

 

 

痩牛を勇躍求め良い年に

Sougyu wo  yuyaku motome  yoi toshi ni

 

Gabi Greve took pictures and wrote haiku in Okayama,Japan.

like Buddha Amida

coming over the mountains

First Sunrise !

 

 

山越えの阿弥陀のごとく初日の出

Yamagoe no  Amida no gotoku  hatsuhi no de

 

 

John McDonald writes haiku in Scots – one of the two languages native to Scotland (the other being the celtic-rooted Gaelic). He also translates it into English in Edinburgh, UK.

ne’erday

spyog-prents athort the snaw

towmond o the teeger

 

 

new year’s day

paw-prints across the snow

year of the tiger

 

 

元旦の雪に足跡寅の年

Gantan no  yuki ni ashiato  tora no toshi

 

 

Marshall Hryciuk wrote haiku in Toronto, Canada.

New Year’s Day hockey

someone has placed a shovel

across the goal line

 

 

元日のホッケー シャベルがゴールライン

Ganjitsu no  hokke shaberu ga  gouru rain

 

 

Joshua Sellers writes haiku in West Memphis, Arkansas, USA.

the first day’s sky:

blue within blue,

wandering thoughts

 

 

元日や想ひさすらふ青い空

Ganjitsu ya  omoi sasurau  aoi sora

 

 

William Sorlien writes haiku in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

He says they have just had an unusually harsh cold spell, lasting from Christmas to now. Temperatures never rose above freezing, and averaged around – 20 C.

taking a bite

from a bitter orange

january thaw

 

 

一月の解けしオレンジ味苦し

Ichigatsu no  tokeshi orenji  aji nigashi

 

 

Louis Osofsky writes haiku in Quincy, CA, USA.

waiting for happiness

i hang

 a new calendar

 

 

幸せを期待しながら暦掛け

Shiawase wo  kitai shinagara  koyomi gake

 

 

John Tiong Chunghoo writes haiku in Malaysia.

new year day

suddenly i feel myself

so old

 

 

元旦や卒然と老ひ感じたり

Gantan ya  sotsuzen to  oi kanji tari

 

 

P K Padhy writes haiku in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.

The night celebrates

new star arrival

cracking firework.

 

 

新星の出現祝ふ夜の花火

Shinsei no  shutsugen iwau  yo no hanabi

 

 

RAM SHARMA writes haiku in MEERUT u.p, India.

Hope is the driving force

most joyful source,

Will show you the right way

 

 

希望こそ正しき道へ駆り立てる

Kibou koso  tadashiki michi e  karitateru

 

 

Ettore Mosciano writes haiku in English as well as in Italian in Rome, Italy.

Cradled by wave,

is the polished rock

fishing the dreams.

 

 

波磨く育てし岩や夢探す

Nami migaku  sodateshi iwa ya  yume sagasu

 

 

Alberto Savoi also writes haiku in English as well as in Italian in Venice, Italy.

Walking in a mist

have a look of the stars above

this path is still long.

 

 

霧の中星見むとする道遠し

Kiri no naka  hoshi min to suru  michi to o si

 

Last of all, let me post my haiku and a picture of Mt. Taihei in Akita, Japan.

A new tiger

climbs Mt. Taihei

my first dream

 

 

初夢や新生の寅山登る

Hatsuyume ya  shinsei no tora  yama noboru

 

 

The last part of haiku about the New Year appears on January 23.

 

― Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

2010 !

the Year of the Tiger

 

謹賀新年     kinga shinnen

二千十年           nisen ju nen 

平成二十二年  heisei niju ninen

庚寅               Kanoe Tora

  

Miss Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳), a freshman at Seirei Senior High School in Akita, celebrated the New Year by contributing her haiga to the Akita Sakigake Newspaper (秋田魁新報) on January 1. We readers enjoyed it in the newspaper, sharing the delights of the coming of the New Year with each other.

 

 Ms. Masuda Junko(桝田純子), Aika’s mother, also contributed her haiku about the New Year to the newspaper.

 

初春や山輝いて力湧く 

hatsuharu ya  yama kagayai te  chikara waku

 

Mt. Taihei shines,

giving me power  

New Year’s Day

 

 

 

This is a picture of Mt. Taihei (太平山), which made me write the following haiku.

 

新玉の光に映える太平山 

aratama no  hikari ni haeru  Taiheizan

 

Mt. Taihei 

reflects the light

New Year’s Day

 

 

Next I post two of my haiku about Namahage (なまはげ), or ‘Ogre’ in the Oga Peninsula, Akita.

The first haiku also appeared in the Akita Sakigake Newspaper on January 1.

 

なまはげも男鹿半島で五七五 

Namahage mo  Ogahantou de  go shichi go

 

Namahage Ogre

writes haiku too  

the Peninsula of Oga

 

 

 

The second haiku is this:

 

なまはげは入道崎の光かな

Namahage wa  Nyudouzaki no   hikari kana

 

Namahage Ogre

keeps the lighthouse

Cape of Oga

 

Last of all I post haiku and some photos of swans I happened to find a little before the New Year’s Day.

There were swans taking a break during their flight near the bank of the Omono River (雄物川)in Akita.

Fortunately, I saw swans grooming there.

 

白鳥の繕ひ新た葦の岸

hakucho no  tsukuroi arata  ashi no kishi

 

Swans

groom by the reed bank

for the New Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wish you a wonderful 2010 !

 

― Hidenori Hiruta