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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/

 

 

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 per original copyright at:

http://www.touhoku.com/0a-03-kisakata.htm

 

Donald Keene translated this section into English as follows:

 

  After having seen so many splendid views of both land and sea, I could think of nothing now but Kisakata. We journeyed to the northeast from the port of Sakata, climbing over hills, following along the shore, plodding through the sand, a distance of about twenty miles in all. As the sun was sinking in the sky a breeze from the sea stirred up the sand, and a misty rain started to fall, obscuring Chokai Mountain. We groped ahead in the darkness. I felt sure that if Kisakata was exquisite in the rain, it would prove no less wonderful when it cleared. We squeezed into a fisherman’s thatch-covered hut and waited for the rain to stop.

  The next morning the weather cleared beautifully. When the morning sun rose in all its splendor, we took a boat out on the lagoon of Kisakata. We put in first at Noin Island, where we visited the remains of the hut in which Noin lived in seclusion for three years. On the opposite shore, when we landed from our boat, we saw the old cherry tree that stands as a memento of Saigyo.

 

In fact, there were 99 small islands and 88 lagoons in Kisakata in those days and the people enjoyed beautiful sceneries or fishing by boat around the islands.

 

However, 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.

Now most of those lagoons have turned into rice fields or residential areas, but there are the remains of those days left there.

You can see such remains as the Noin Island, the boat-tying stone, or small islands in the article Basho’s Stay in Kisakata (1) at the site : https://akitahaiku.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/

 

Here is a photo of present-day Kisakata, 200 years after the earthquake, which was exhibited at Kisakata Local Museum in Nikaho-city, in June , 2004.(にかほ市象潟郷土資料館企画展2004年6月).

 

 

 

As posted already above, Donald Keene, the ex- member of the President’s Advisory Board at Akita International University(AIU)(国際教養大学), kindly contributed part of his English translation for Matsuo Basho’s travel diary The Narrow Road to Oku, 『おくのほそ道 (Oku no Hosomichi to our network.

This is because AIU President Mineo Nakajima (中嶋嶺雄) asked Donald Keene for his permission for us to use part of his translation.  

 

Kirby Record, a professor at AIU, teaching as director of English for Academic Purposes, also contributed his haiku to us. 

Haiku by K. Record

On the Earthquake

 

Villages of rubble        瓦礫の村々

Everything washed away    何もかも流される 

But the still-blue sky        しかし静かで青い空

 

 

Clutched in the hand     手でしっかりとつかんでいる

Of a child, floating face down—

             子供の手に、顔を下にして浮かんでいる―

Her favorite doll        彼女の大好きな人形

Yukari Sakamoto (阪本縁), a graduate from AIU, wrote haiku on the earthquake.

なごり雪大地が動き沈黙す

Unseasonable snow 
In silence
While the earth quakes
 

水仙が顔を差し出すがれきの山

Blooming daffodils

Alongside
A heap of debris
 

 

Susan Smela, who studied at AIU in 2010, is now a student at Beloit College in Wisconsin, USA.

On March 25, 2011, Susan sent me an e-mail , saying that they all heard about the huge earthquake in America, and many of them are raising money to help Japan.

Susan also said that she introduced haiga in America, and that she was able to hold a haiga meeting with students from her university (Beloit College in Wisconsin) and teach some basics of haiga and haiku.

It was a great time and the copies she made from my book really helped illustrate what she was talking about. They did some practices, then went in a circle, with 3 people writing one line of a haiku and the 4th person drawing a haiga-style picture.

Here are some photos Susan’s friend took from the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yasushi Sato (佐藤康), a member of Akita International Haiku Network, contributed his haiku to us.

 

大地震に無慈悲の限り春の雪

spring snow
mercilessly falling on
earthquake-devastated towns

 


大津波言葉空しく春寒し

so devastating tsunami
any words powerless
spring
 relentlessly cold

 

 

Junko Masuda (桝田純子), a member of Akita International Haiku Network, contributed her haiku to us too.

 

復興の未来信じて花ひらく

 

sakura  sakura  bloom

believing in the future

Tohoku region

 

 

Last of all, let me post my haiku.

 

舟止めは夢のまた夢ねぶの花

 

tying a boat

i cannot even dream

mimosa blossoms

 

The next posting ‘Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)’ appears on May 21.

― Hidenori Hiruta

 

In the posting this time, I take up AIU Festival 2010 held on October 10-11 at Akita International University(国際教養大学)and the haiku presentation by students at the AIU class of Japanese literature.

 

AIU Festival 2010 (Part 1)

 

The theme is shown in the following photos:

 

 

 

Here is a photo of students who enjoyed their performance on the stage.

 

 

 

Our network participated in the festival with the title:俳句とHAIKU INTERNATIONAL HAIKU.

We exhibited haiku poems and haiga paintings contributed to our website by AIU professors, students, and other haiku poets worldwide. We also gave live art of haiga painting and poetry recitation.

During the festival, we enjoyed haiku, haiga painting, and recitations with students, teachers and visitors.

 

Professor Kirby Record, a haiku poet, helped us with our activities at AIU through his advice and suggestions.

 

 

Toko SASAKI (佐々木登子), a chief member of the Festival committee, helped us too.

 

 

Masuda Aika (桝田愛佳), a haiga painter, gave her live art for participants.

 

 

Susan Smela, an AIU student from USA, enjoyed haiga painting, in the hope that she will have learned how to paint haiga by the time she goes back home at the end of December

 

 

Haiku Presentaion (Part 1)

 

Professor Alexander Dolin teaches Japanese Literature and Civilization Studies at AIU. He also writes haiku.

 

 

 

Recently Professor Alexander Dolin took up haiku in his class of Japanese Literature, where I participated in the haiku presentation by students as a referee on November 15.

His students kindly contributed their haiku to our netwotk, which I post in the website, dividing them into three parts.

 

 

Haiku by Rie Suzuki(鈴木梨恵)

 

 

ふと見れば花梨のちょうちん灯りたり

Fu to mireba  karin no chouchin  tomoritari

 

When I chanced to look up

I found lanterns

On a karin tree

 

 

蕪炊く土鍋に両手をかざす夜

Kabura taku  donabe ni ryoute wo  kazasu yoru 

 

Warming my hands—

Above a casserole

While boiling turnip

 

 

かがみて拾いし紅葉に誰を思い出すらむ

Kagamite hiroishi  momiji ni tare wo  omoi dasu ran

 

Bending down and picking up a momiji leaf

Who would be the person

Whom the leaf reminds of?

 

 

ただいまと君が帰れば部屋温まりぬ

Tadaima to  kimi ga kaereba  heya nukumarinu

 

You come home and say

“I’m home!”

Suddenly I feel warmer in our apartment

 

 

軒下に鈴連なりて秋深し

Nokishita ni  suzu tsuranari te  aki fukashi

 

Under the eaves

Persimmons are hung

Like little bells

 

 

 

Haiku by Misha Davydov

 

 

tobacco burning

from the balcony

perhaps fireflies

 

タバコの火バルコニーからホタルかな

tabako no hi  barukonii kara  totaru kana

 

 

under the red moon

in rice

the mantis

 

カマキリやお米の中で赤い月

kamakiri ya  tasui no naka de  akai tsuki

 

 

the bear’s

alarm clock

early spring

 

クログマの目覚まし時計早い春

kuroguma no  mezamashidokei  hayai haru

 

 

tidying nature

the part-time job

of the ant

 

ワイルドを清掃するは蟻バイト

wairudo wo  sewiso suru wa  ari baito

 

 

beneath the snow

a lonely blade

of grass

 

雪の下独り法師の緑の葉

yuki no shita  hitoribocchi no  midori no ha

 

 

 

Haiku by Daichi KUDO(工藤大智)

 

 

秋田杉散り行く広葉何覚ゆ

Akitasugi  chiriyuku kouyou  nani oboyu

 

Akita cedar

And scattered broadleaves.

What you bear in minds are…

 

 

雄物川静まる山に渡り鳥

Omonogawa  shizumaru yama ni  wataridori

 

Omono-river

Having migratory birds

The red calm mountain

 

 

落ち行く葉最期は一人で飛翔する

Ochiyuku ha  saigo wa hitoride  hishousuru

 

A falling leaf

Flying alone

At the end

 

 

雨蛙田んぼの畦の気まま旅

Amagaeru  tanbo no aze no  kimamatabi

 

A green fog

Enjoying the carefree travel

In the ridge of rice fields

 

 

いつ落ちるいがに恐れる栗の下

Itsu ochiru  iga ni osoreru  kuri no sita

 

Under the chestnut tree,

I am afraid of

Falling burs

 

 

Last of all, I refer to the differences between Japanese haiku and English haiku, which is one of the questions often asked of our network.

Haiku

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For other uses, see Haiku (disambiguation).

Haiku (俳句, haikai verse?) listen(help·info), plural haiku, is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras (or on), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively.[1] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[2] this is inaccurate as syllables and moras are not the same. Haiku typically contain a kigo (seasonal reference), and a kireji (cutting word).[3] In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line and tend to take aspects of the natural world as their subject matter, while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku and may deal with any subject matter.[4] Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

 

References

  1. ^ Lanoue, David G. Issa, Cup-of-tea Poems: Selected Haiku of Kobayashi Issa, Asian Humanities Press, 1991, ISBN 0-89581-874-4 p.8
  2. ^ e.g. in Haiku for People Toyomasu, Kei Grieg. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  3. ^ Higginson, William J. The Haiku Handbook, Kodansha International, 1985, ISBN 4-7700-1430-9, p.102
  4. ^ van den Heuvel, Cor. The Haiku Anthology, 2nd edition, Simon & Schuster, 1986, ISBN 0-671-62837-2 p.11

 

The next posting of ‘Haiku by Students at AIU (Part 6) ‘  appears on December 4.

  

― Hidenori Hiruta