Gentle rains of early May

Gentle rains of early May

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 2nd May 2018

A sure sign of summer’s arrival in Japan is warm, pleasant rains of early May, called samidare.The picture above was taken in Miyazaki Shrine. The priestess ladies are about to begin their workday, wh … read more
Place Where There Are No Strangers

Place Where There Are No Strangers

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Mar 2017

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 em … read more
Winter Haiku Poems

Winter Haiku Poems

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 6th Jan 2015

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 y … read more
Rain, Glorious Rain!

Rain, Glorious Rain!

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 3rd Jun 2014

Today is the first day of tsuyu, the beginning of the 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 f … read more
Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Jan 2014

night, and once again as I wait for you cold wind turns into rain (byōshō no | ware ni tsuyu chiru | omoi ari) Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902) Masaoka Shiki is one of the four Japanese great … read more