Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (3)

  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 』 as follows:   江山水陸の風光数を尽くして、今象潟に方寸を責。酒田の湊より東北の方、山を越、磯を伝ひ、いさごをふみて其際十里、日影やゝかたぶく比、汐風真砂を吹上、雨朦朧として鳥海の山かくる。闇中に莫作して「雨も又奇也」 とせば、雨後の晴色又頼母敷と、あまの苫屋に膝をいれて、雨の晴を待。其朝天能霽れて、朝日花やかにさし出る程に、象潟に舟をうかぶ。 先能因島に舟をよせて、三年幽居の跡をとぶらひ、むかふの岸に舟をあがれば、「花の上こぐ」とよまれし桜の老木、西行法師の記念をのこす。   Here is a painting of Kisakata in those days.       Photo courtesy; as … Continue reading Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (3)

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International Haiku New Year’s Festival 2011 (Part 4)

  On the fourth day, the rabbits enjoy their first running in the snowy fields and hills.       T.A. Smith’s rabbit also printed his footsteps in the snow.       After that, they joined the poetry recitation again.     Lenard D. Moore (USA)               レナード ・D.ムーア (アメリカ) another year we sort the … Continue reading International Haiku New Year’s Festival 2011 (Part 4)

Haiku by Kirby Record at AIU in Japan ( Part 4 )

  Professor Kirby Record teaches as director of English for Academic Purposes at Akita International University (AIU) (国際教養大学) in Akita. He also writes haiku. He is a fellow haiku poet of mine.   Professor Kirby Record contributed his book of poetry titled ‘A Welcome Coolness’ to me. I post poetry in his book, dividing them … Continue reading Haiku by Kirby Record at AIU in Japan ( Part 4 )

Haiku by Students at AIU ( Part 4 )

  CRESI (Center for Regional Sustainability Initiatives) at AIU (Akita International University)(国際教養大学)held AIU HAIKU CONTEST and gave workshops on haiku in English as well as in Japanese in 2009. Professor Kirby Record at AIU gave workshops on haiku in English, where participants including students and citizens studied about how to write haiku in English and … Continue reading Haiku by Students at AIU ( Part 4 )