Category Archives: Haikus & Essays

Place Where There Are No Strangers

The place where there are no strangers is not a place at all; it is in our hearts. To me, the pretty cherry blossoms show the way how.under cherry blossoms’ shade
even those whom we don’t know
are not strangers

                               – Issa Kobayashi (1819)

When we can share feelings with others, they are no longer strangers. If we have empathy, “others” become “we”. Where there can never … Read the rest

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Flower From Another World

Autumn has arrived in Japan and like in every year around this time, mysterious, other-worldly Higanbana flowers (Red Spider Lily) are in bloom

Autumn has arrived in Japan and like in every year around this time, the mystical, other-worldly Higanbana flowers (Red Spider Lily) are in bloom. And like in every year, it’s time for people to visit the family cemetery to clean … Read the rest

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Winter Haiku poems

Winter and Japanese lady in kimono

on new year’s day
i long for my parents
before I was born

(ganjitsu ni | umarenu saki no | oya koishi)
Natsume Soseki (1867-1916)


the sky draws near
such a bright sunrise
aahh! new year’s day

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Rain, Glorious Rain!

Japanese women in the rain

Today is the first day of Tsuyu, the beginning of rainy season in southern Japan. Spring is in its full glory  and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day.

It will rain here every day for the next … Read the rest

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Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

night, and once again as i wait for you cold wind turns into rain

night, and once again
as i wait for you
cold wind turns into rain

– Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902)

Masaoka Shiki is one of the four Japanese great masters of haiku (along with Basho, Buson, and IssaRead the rest

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Spring Rain

Today is a pleasant spring day in Miyazaki, a lush green city of rivers, streams and ponds by the ocean.

Beautiful hydrangeas are in bloom, and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day. Here is a famous haiku poem … Read the rest

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The world is like a dew. Even so, even so…

the world is like a dew / and it is indeed / even so, even so . . .

tsuyu no yo wa
tsuyu no yo nagara
sari nagara

Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828)

My father is on his deathbed.  … Read the rest

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Unfinished thoughts, endless possibilities

Into an old pond, a frog leaps. sound of the water ...
into an old pond
a frog leaps
sound of the water …

furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto

This is a haiku, which every Japanese knows and loves, by Japan’s most famous poet, Matsuo Bashō (1644 … Read the rest

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Americana: haikus and little poems

When you think of Japanese exports, what comes to mind first are things like cars and electronics. But one of the most subtle but no less significant Japanese exports is haiku: the art of saying so much without a lot … Read the rest

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seashells

seashells i took form kisaki beach
sit sadly on my bookshelf
longing for the sound of the ocean

seashells i took form kisaki beach sit sadly on my bookshelf


Kisaki beach is also a great place to watch the giant re sea turtles (aka-umi-game) nest from May to August.Kisaki is one of the most popular surfing beaches in Miyazaki. Nestled behind a forest and accessible only via very narrow roads, … Read the rest

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