Category Archives: Haikus & Essays

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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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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