Reminder of 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Deadline is June 30

  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 … Continue reading Reminder of 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Deadline is June 30

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3.11 Haiku from the Romanian Haiku Group (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 』. You can read what Basho wrote in his diary in the two articles of this website: https://akitahaiku.wordpress.com/2011/05/14 https://akitahaiku.wordpress.com/2011/05/21   On July … Continue reading 3.11 Haiku from the Romanian Haiku Group (3)

Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)

  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 』 . Here I take up the latter part of this section.   此寺の方丈に座して簾を捲ば、風景一眼の中に尽て、南に鳥海、天をさヽえ、其陰うつりて江にあり、西はむやむやの関、路をかぎり、東に堤を築て、秋田にかよふ道遥に、海北にかまえて、浪打入る所を汐こしと云。江の縦横一里ばかり、俤松島にかよひて、又異なり。松島は笑ふが如く、象潟はうらむがごとし。寂しさに悲しみをくはえて、地勢魂をなやますに似たり。   Here is a painting of Kisakata exhibited … Continue reading Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (4)

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)

Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake (2)

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