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first snow



07 snow on our roofs

08 roof with powder snow

first snow -
the patterns of roof tiles
in black and white

10 tile patterns END


. First Snow - hatsuyuki
at GokuRakuAn .

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Amida Buddha 阿弥陀如来

Anemones ... アネモーネの朝露

..... Asian Haiku Trevelogue
China, Taiwan, Thailand and more .....

Autumn Days 。。。秋の天高し

Autumn Festival 2005 秋祭り、境神社

Autumn Flowers 2002 秋の花
..... Autumn Flowers 2005  雨粒と花 Raindrops
..... Autumn 2005

Autumn Leaves 2005 紅葉

Azalea and Shaka つつじとお釈迦様

Badgers / Tanuki in my Garden 2005 狸

Bamboo 竹の物語

Birds, our Birds 鳥 の話. Our Roof. 我屋根

Black Sheep 黒き羊

Bonsai 盆栽

Bridges .. 橋

Buddha's Footprints (Bussokuseki)   仏足石

Buddha's Voice Frog 仏の声の蛙

Buds in Winter 冬の命
..... Dry Flowers 冬の命

Camellia / Tsubaki 椿

Carpet Meditations 2007

Cats in Paradise .. O-Tsu and Haiku-Kun お津と俳句くん、猫の天国

Cat and the Mouse .. Fun with my Computer

CHINA 中国の旅
..... My Asian Haiku Travelogue: China
..... Autumn Memories Keilin, Guilin 桂林

Cicada Birthday 050725  蝉の誕生 semi セミ

Cold Morning  寒い朝、2006

Cooking a Cat ! 猫と一杯, 2005 夏

Cherry Blossoms <> Sakura .. 桜 桜 桜 2005

Cherry Blossom Lake Saigyo and our Lake 西行法師 2005

Cherry Blossom Road 桜道 2005

Chrysanthemums, Fireworks 花火菊 2005

Clouds in my Valley 谷に雲

Clouds after the Rain Chinese Ink Painting, July 2005 中国の墨絵

Clouds at Lake Tomada 雲と池の早春 2005

Cold coming back 寒戻り 2005年3月

Cold Samui 寒い朝 First time below zero, 2005

Cosmos Flowers  コスモス、秋桜

Mt. Daisen 2005 , Beachflowers and WIND

Decoration Flowers Takahashi Temples, 0507

Dew Tsuyu 朝露

Dimensions ヂメンシオン

Fallen Leaves - Ochiba 落ち葉

First Snow .. 初雪 2005年

First Shrine Visit 2006 Hatsu Mode

First Sunrise 2005 .. 初日の出

Frankenfood, frankengrass, franken rice genetically modified problems

Ghost Stories お化けの話 :o)

Goldenrod (seitaka awadachisoo)   背高泡立草

Graves in the Mist 霞に墓

Healing Power 癒しと俳句と祈り

Henro Pilgrims 遍路と無縁仏

Illusions with Fish 空想と魚

..... My Asian Haiku Travelogue: INDIA

..... My Asian Haiku Travelogue: JAPAN 1977

Jizoo 地蔵 .. a smiling Stone friend

Kannon, the Bosatsu of Mercy  観音菩薩
.. .. .. Horseheaded Kannon
.. .. .. Kannon in the winter sun, 2006

Karl the Froggie   .. 蛙とカラー
..... Frog in Buddha's Eye 仏の目にカール君

KOAN and Haiku (01) .. 公案と俳句
KOAN and Haiku (02) .. Dreams 夢
KOAN and Haiku (03) .. Original face and Immortality

Koya-san in Wakayama .. Ginko .. Haiku-walk

Lake and Clouds  池と雲

Last Fudo Ceremony 2005 Osame-Fudo  収め不動

Lily, My Kannon-Lily 観音ユリ
..... July 2006 : Lily in the Rain 2006年の観音百合

Love  ミモサと愛情 Mimosa

LOTUS 蓮、蓮華の花

Magnolia 木蓮 Mokuren

MANDALA .. Just the Beginning 。。曼荼羅

Medicine Buddha : Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来

.. .. .. .. Mimasaka Haiku
.. .. .. .. From the Province where I live in Japan.
.....  Mimasaka, Postal Town of Doi: My Haiku Walk December 2006
美作市土居宿 , 出雲街道

Moss 石に苔
... Moss at Mt. Mitoku, October 2006

Mother, for my mother

Mountain Gods Yama no kami  山の神

Mountains smiling Yama Warau 山笑う

November 2006

Outhouse Joy ..便所の話

Peace, August 6, 2006 Introducing Okamoto Taro 岡本太郎と平和

Pine <> Matsu 松の木

Pottery and Haiku 焼物と俳句

Quietude and the Galactic Ant  静けさと蟻のクシャミ
..... The Sound of Wind, Sound of Clouds (essay) 風の音、雲の音、お茶の音

Rain dripping ..雨もまだ

Rain, Prayer of Rain on my roof 屋根に雨の祈り, September 2006

Rainy Season Tsuyu  梅雨さなかに 満福
..... Rainy Season, Whow ! July 2006 2006年のすごい梅雨

Reflections .. Graves in a mirror 。。田舎の墓

Sea of Clouds 秋の雲海、2005 Autumn

Shelter 仏様にまかせる。。。

Shintoo Shrine 神道と宮

Shiraishi Island, a Pilgrim's Path 。。。白石島の遍路道、June 2006

Silence 静けさ ... Silence 2005

Simple Daily Happiness 簡単な毎日の幸せ

..... snowed in December 2005
Snowman Daruma, Yukidaruma .. .. 雪だるま
First Snow 2006

Spring 2006 2006年の春

Soaring Mind 鳶の話 Tobi

Spiders in Paradise 。。極楽の蜘蛛

Spring Weeds 2006, a HAIKU WALK 雑草の春の色

Stone Buddhas .. 石仏
... Amida Buddha
     ... Arhats in Stone 五百羅漢
... Buddha's Footprints (Bussokuseki) 仏足石
     ... Buddha's Voice (Shakyamuni)
... Azalea and Shaka (Shakyamuni)
... Horseheaded Kannon 馬頭観音
... Snow Night Meditation (Shakyamuni)
... Walking with the Gods 神様の散歩道

Stone Garden 石庭、小堀作

Stone Wall 我が家の石垣

............ SUMMER

Summer Flowers 夏の花々

Summer Iris 杜若

Summer Metamorphosis 夏の変化

Summer Morning 夏の朝、酔仙翁・スイセンノウ

Summer Sky 夏の空

Sunbeam for us all ! 皆のための太陽
..... Sunset in Pink, August 2006

..... My Asian Haiku Travelogue: TAIWAN

Tanada .. Terraced Rice Fields in my Area 大垪和の棚田

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Tao, Dao and Haiku 道教と俳句
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Tao of a useless tree  

..... My Asian Haiku Travelogue: THAILAND

Tokei-Ji in Kamakura, January 2006

NEW in 2007: Travelogue through Asia
..... Photos and Haiku from my various trips. China, Taiwan, Thailand

Trees, my best friends .. 巨木
................................ Camphor Tree Kusunoki 楠木 くすのき
................................ Tao of a useless tree  

Trumpet Creeper   凌霄花 のうぜんかずら

Tulips   チューリップの嵐

Typhoon Tokage in Japan October 23, 2004  台風トカゲ

Typhoon Nabi 14 September 2005  台風14号
............................... Green Apples fallen by the typhoon 青林檎
............................... Humans Powerless Katrina 2005

Universe sparkles .. 宇宙の物語

Voice of Buddha .. .. Frogs Farting :o) 。。蛙の屁

Weeds, my Wonderful Weeds

Wild Boars Inoshishi 猪の訪問

Windows Temple Window Shapes お寺の窓の形

Winter 200/06, from December 2005 2005/6年の冬

Winter Wonders ..冬物語

Wisdom 知恵と無知恵

Woodpecker きつつき

Yin and Yang Cats ..陰と陽と猫

Zen Riddles with BEE ..ミツバチと禅
.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Haiku and Moments


. QUOTES . .. .. .. .. .. to enjoy haiku even more

Hundred Years with Haiku
Translation from Japanese Haikupoets older than 90 years

Introducing Japanese Haiku Poets 

Saijiki for Buddhist Events .. 『俳句仏教歳時記』

Shikoku Summer 2005 Our own Haiku Pilgrimage 四国遍路


......................... Some of my Haiku Theory

Contents of the Archives

One Haiku, two Ideas The Basics

English Spelling and Punctuation

One-Line Haiku : three sections, three lines

THEORY : Counting on your fingers: 5-7-5 Cultural Differences

THEORY : Why 5-7-5 ? or rather, WHY NOT in English!

Japanese Spelling and the Hepburn System Romaji

THEORY : Why 5-7-5 ? or rather, WHY NOT in English!

GINKOO, a Haiku Walk 吟行

Gijinka, Personification : some thoughts

Technical Support and Haiku Theory ARCHIVES

Teaching Haiku to Children / also usuful for adults

Translating Haiku, my special forum for all your questions


.. .. .. Health and Happiness

Daruma teaching visceral wisdom

Mead and your Health, Kneipp and Dioskurides
..... ミードと健康の話、デイオスクリデスの有名な薬学集


。。。。。。。。 Enjoy My Japan and My Haiku !

© 。。Gabi Greve 2004

.. .. .. To the World Kigo Database

.. .. .. To the Daruma Museum Index

... 大垪和 ー 道の駅 - My Ohaga Michi no Eki


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NEW : Haiku and Happiness ... Archives since 2007



First Snow


初雪のお知らせありて 冨士の山

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first snow
late on Mount Fuji ...
says the news

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It is 5 days later than a "normal" year and 1 day earlier than last season.

First Snow ... a KIGO

Fuji, Mt. Fuji, Fujiyama, Fujisan and haiku

Read my Haiku Archives 2007





hatsuyuki ya  初雪や

first snow ...
two crow families fight
for a place in the sky

first snow
on red leaves ...
global warming


A cold spell has gripped Japan, much too early for the season.
Daily high not above 5 degrees centigrade ...

and a cover of white on the red leaves and the yellow gingko !

And these crows are constantly "barking" in the sky, chasing each other, fighting for a space to stay in our valley

November 19, 2008

The cold spell continues, white morning again today, yesterday was a warm plus four centigrade ...
November 20, 2008

. WKD : first snow, hatsu yuki 初雪 .

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heavy snow again - yajiri


icicles from my roof

06 icicles

My Buddha under cover

08 Buddha snowed in

cypresse trees in heavy snow

13 cypresse

the way up to my mailbox

16 road up to my mailbox


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avalanches forming on the large roof

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half of the roof snow is now DOWN !
Blocking our back yard - yajiri 屋尻 

24 the back is closed

jifubuki, snow blowing UP by strong storm

25 jifubuki snow blowing UP

29 mountain tops

shovelling snow
the whole day ...
no time for haiku


Check my ALBUM from Nr. 1 to Nr. 30 to see this splendid winter day.

Snowed In ... ALBUM

YAHOO weather forecast

Monday Morning, 25
Still all white around, minus four in the morning ... and more snowmen in the weather forecast!


The back of a farmhouse is often called
yajiri 屋尻 "bottom side of a house"

In mountainous regions this part can be very narrow and dangerous for mudslides.
In winter, snowslides from the slopes and the roof are a problem.

hatsu furi no sutete aru yajiri kana

a dumping ground
for the first snow...
my backyard

Kobayashi Issa
(Tr. David Lanoue)

If you do not get rid fast enough of the snow from the roof, it might break the beams that support the house.
And behind the house, where no sunshine reaches until next spring, it will pile up like a glacier . . .

snow avalanches behind my home in Okayama

. The Japanese House .
in all seasons


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First Snow Roses



07 seconds of sunshine

first snow !
the silence of my roses

09 detail


Roses and Clouds, December 26 !!!

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rose snow

First Snow


first snow !
the silence


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empty mind


empty mind ...
I wonder who is chatting


My Japanese sensei used to say

Empty your heart and mind completely, and receive the haiku as a present into this emptiness.
You can not MAKE a good haiku happen, it has to make itself through your empty mind.
Do not try to be witty or poetic or "deep" or anything ... just let nature do the talking through you.


Bruce Ross

If affective perception determines much of haiku feeling, selfless perception often determines how haiku consciousness exists. For this reason Robert Spiess, the long-time editor of Modern Haiku, preferred the term "feeling" (senses centred on nature, aware) to "emotion" (very strong subjective feeling centred on non-rational mind) when discussing haiku poetics.

At the most basic level the personal "I" is usually left out of haiku. Basically, the personal "I", the Freudian ego and its mental constructs, let us say its emotion, gets in the way of the haiku experience. Empirical procedures and rational thinking that determine the Western mind also get in the way.

The Zen Buddhist idea of an empty mind, the openness to phenomenological presence, is suggestive of an appropriate mental climate.

A Zen saying explains the situation: "One thought follows another without interruption. But if you allow these thoughts to link up to a chain, you put yourself in bondage".

How does one not get bogged down in thought and experience haiku consciousness? A haiku by Kai Falkman offers a response:

the skier stops
to leave room
for the snow's silence

The first two lines of this poem describe the cessation of what Zen Buddhists call the "monkey mind", a continuous flow of thought. Enlightenment or clear mind, the present-tense clarity of perception, cannot occur when the monkey mind is present.
In effect one must clear one's mind to allow things to speak for themselves.
The phenomenological reduction, the skier stopping, accomplished, the snow, its silence, can speak for itself. Here the personal "I" is not used. The poet, his will, is not stopping the skis. The snow's silence is. The "I" is not what is important. What is important is the snow's silence. The stopping is a mere notation leading to the snow's silence. In many ways this poem becomes an evocation of a kind of enlightenment experience.

A monk asked Li-shan: "What is the meaning of Bodhidharma coming from the West?"
"There is no ‘what' here," said Li-shan.
"What is the reason??"
"Just because things are such as they are," replied Li-shan.

- Zen mondo

source : The Essence of Haiku
By Bruce Ross. autumn 2007


googeling at random

The Empty Mind is not just for martial artists, but for anyone who wishes to improve themselves both spiritually and physically The Empty Mind: Ueshiba Moriteru

The beginner’s mind is an open mind, an empty mind, a ready mind,

An Open Mind is not an Empty Mind.

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Empty Mind. Musings, observations, rantings and commentary by a libertarian Christian Zen Master.

Taoist Art. Learning to be free in the empty mind.

... an empty mind goes a long way toward ensuring a full pocketbook.

one of the basic things that individuals can do to improve the quality of their "thinking" is to have an empty mind.

MySpace profile for empty mind with pictures, videos, personal blog, interests, information about me and more.

Empty Mind gifts from the CartoonStock directory


Empty your Mind and enter in tune with the Cosmic Mind
Lao Tzu Chapter 11

11.Usefulness of Emptiness
Empty your Mind

Thirty spokes are united in one hub (to make a wheel);
But the usefulness(the function) of the wheel depends on the empty space- the center hole of the hub.
Clay is molded into a vessel or a bowl
But it is the empty space within that makes it useful.

Doors and windows are cut out of the walls of a house,
But it is the empty (open) space inside that makes it useful (livable) .

Therefore take advantage of what exists (what the mind receives),
But use the emptiness (to open a way to enter in tune with the Cosmic Mind).


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frieden und freude
zerplatzen . . .
zen zen zen

. . . comments on facebook, 10/2010


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Snow on Cherry


global warming -
today we have snow
on the cherry blossoms


In most parts of Japan, there was snow on the cherry blossoms !

Snow on the buds in Shinjo Village, Okayama

The First Typhoon of the Season 2007 !
Much too early !

Read my Haiku Archives 2007



first cold spell clouds


sudden cold spell -
waiting for a friend
at the station

The weather has suddenly changed, over night, so to say.
Rain and cold wind from Siberia pound this side of Japan, while typhoon 14 is brewing in the south.

Hokkaido is expecting the first snow of the season.

And we plan to have dinner outside . . . ? !

Well, it was too cold for anything outside.
And now, on the morning of 27, it was just five degrees centigrade ... brrr ... and we will be shivering through a cold day.

Our friend is sketching the landscape.

We had some splendid sky formations over the mountains and tanada rice fields ... and a splendid sunset pink storm clouds raging in straight from Siberia ...

next morning

sudden cold spell -
I need another thick


 . . . 遊べ 世界の雲たちよ 

89 dynamic sky and tree

. Clouds playing in the sky

. Sakuo san visiting
Photo album - backwards

09 Ohaga sunset clouds


autumn sunset
having played with clouds
in terraced rice fields


Thank you so much for your visit, Sakuo san !


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icicles and Kisagata


cold sunshine -
the icicles refuse
to melt

rondo in my valley -
now snowfall
now sunshine

Morning minus seven centigrade
Mid-day minus three centigrade

next morning, Monday 31

minus nine -9℃ 

kylmä auringon paiste -
jääpuikot kieltäytyvät

My Icicle haiku in Finnish, translated by
Juhani Tikkanen

. . . . .

and this is how America feels in the last few days, too much snow

Snow My Gosh

all snover again

Mega Snowstorm Pounds Moves East with Snow, Ice, Freezing Temperatures

A colossal winter storm dropping snow and ice from Texas to Maine has left two thirds of the nation facing downed power lines, shuttered highways and thousands of airport cancellations.
source :


drinking at the lake
first it is sunny
then it rains

SU DONG-PO (1037-1101)


kisagata no kake wo kazoete naku chidori

counting the remains
of Kisa Lagoon...
a singing plover

This haiku has the prescript: "Into the bowels of the earth." Kisa Lagoon (Kisagata) was ravaged by an earthquake in Sixth Month, 1804. The effect, according to Shinji Ogawa, was that the seabed was raised and the "beautiful scenery like a miniature archipelago suddenly became dry land."
Tr. and comment, David Lanoue

kisagata ya hotaru mabure no sanae fune

Kisagata lagoon -
fireflies sparkle
around the rice-planting boat

. Kobayashi Issa  小林一茶 .

When I visited Kisakata in Akita, it was not a lagoon any more, an earthquake in 1804 had lifted the ground and many former islands where standing above the ground.
The landscape is most impressive, often compared to the islands of Matsushima.

象潟や 雨に西施が ねぶの花
kisakata ya ame ni seishi ga nebu no hana

Kisagata lagoon,
in the rain Xishi,s eyes are closed
blossoms of the silk tree

Tr. Massih

A flowering silk tree in the sleepy rain of Kisakata
Reminds me of Lady Seishi
In sorrowful lament
Tr. Nobuyuki Yuasa

Matsuo Basho

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Matsuo Basho - Oku no Hosomichi
. Tsuruoka and Kisakata 鶴岡 と 象潟 (きさかた).


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grains of sand


beach park -
these grains of sand look
really different

浜遊び 変わるがわるは 砂の粒 


........................... original version

beach walk -
each grain of sand
looks different

You are of course right in remarking that we can not watch the sand closely whilst walking ... in Japanese, I use "hama asobi", playing at the beach, enjoying the beach, a kigo for summer.

Well, it was a leisure walk, not an exercise one, whilst I was taking lots of photos, bending down, on my knees most of the time. Closely watching the different kinds of grains, different colors and marvelling at the shapes. Their reflection of ths sunshine let them look like little diamonds at times.

Lunch taken whilst sitting in the sand showed us more of these miniature marvels, sticking to the fingers and food too ....

I would need a much better macro lens to capture these individual grains. Maybe next time.


Of course the plain statement is just a cliche, since we all know that snowflakes and grains of sand are different.

We KNOW in our educated minds ... but how many of us grown-ups have really leisurely bent down to the sand, looked at it for a while and then experienced the difference of the sand grains really personally ?

It is nothing spectacular indeed, just another wheel invented again and again, if the inner child is out there to marvel at things.

.................... A friend remarked this :

.. your first line; it doesn't add much to the poem. if you were to come up with another first line to contrast or compare with the thoughts of lines 2 & 3 ...

Dear friend,
my first line includes the kigo and I do not want to change that. I am not a friend of forced juxtapositions, that do not fit the experience when the haiku was conceived. I do not like to add some kind of first line for the sake of special effects.
I do like the ordinary in haiku, after all, my daily life is quite ordinary, grin ...

By the way, today, after a long period of rain, maybe I paraphrase this (with a BIG smile)

rainy season -
these drops of rain look
really similar

Last night I watched a tea master explaining a bit of his WAY. While the visitor sits there in the small room of two tatami mats (not much bigger that a large cupboard), he holds his hands in his lap so that the thumbs touch lightly and tries to relax. In good time he will quieten down his heart and become aware of the small things around him, the simmering water cattle, the pattern of the tatami mats, the breath of his fellow tea friends ... and somehow the smallness of the room can transform to a large universe in his heart and mind ...
Once the judgemental mind is quiet, you can experience the whole universe in a small tea room ...

just one cup of tea
served the right way
enfolding universes

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scots translation:

daunerin the links -
ilka dottle o saun
leuks unalik

John McDonald


Gabi, once I wrote:

each grain // thinks it is the sandcastle // the tide rises.

But now, while I'm inspecting each 'contrary' grain, I'll remember your good lines.


Romanian translation:

plimbare pe plaja
fiecare graunte de nisip
arata altfel

Vasile Moldovan

WHW comments

Thank you all so much for your efforts !


My Beach Flowers

..... and each HAIKU looks different

. . . . . . . . . . . . . Try this to imporve your concentration:
Observing snow falling
yuki no metsuki 雪の目つき

Tea Ceremony Saijiki 茶道の歳時記 

Read my Haiku Archives 2007


natsuyama ya yoku kumo kakari yoku haruru

summer mountains -
sometimes in the clouds
sometimes in sunshine

Takahama Kyoshi 高浜 虚子

This is a haiku of extreme objectivity. There is a sense of spaciousness in it. I also like the fact that the observation takes place over a summer-long period of time. I like haiku that include a sense of time passing, if for no other reason than to confound those who cling to the notion that a haiku should only be about an "a-ha 'moment'."

Larry Bole

.. .. .. .. ..

a Malayalam translation

venal malakal -
palappozhum meghangalil
palappozhum soorya-prakaashathil

and a Sanskrit translation

greeshma parvathaani-
bahu-vaare megheshu
bahu-vaare soorya-prakaashe

Narayanan Raghunathan, India



WKD - Miyazawa Kenji



atsusa ni mo
makezu henro no
michi nagaki

not even yielding
to the great heat ...
pilgrim on the road

Today I visited a temple in Yamaguchi ... online of course ...

. . . 龍蔵寺 . . . Ryuzo-Ji

My daily duty walk along our rural memorial pilgrimage of Shikoku was really HOT, 36 degrees in the shadow ... atsusa ni mo makezu ... kept ringing in my mind all the way ... :o)


source : Tomikichiro Tokuriki 1902-1999

Miyazawa Kenji wrote this famous poem ...

ame ni mo makezu

ame ni mo makezu
kaze ni mo makezu
yuki ni mo natsu no atsusa ni mo makenu

jōbu na karada wo mochi
yoku wa naku
kesshite ikarazu
itsu mo shizuka ni waratte iru
ichi nichi ni genmai yon gō to
miso to sukoshi no yasai wo tabe
arayuru koto wo
jibun wo kanjō ni irezu ni
yoku mikiki shi wakari
soshite wasurezu
nohara no matsu no hayashi no kage no
chiisa na kayabuki no koya ni ite
higashi ni byōki no kodomo areba
itte kanbyō shite yari
nishi ni tsukareta haha areba
itte sono ine no taba wo oi
minami ni shinisō na hito areba
itte kowagaranakute mo ii to ii
kita ni kenka ya soshō ga areba
tsumaranai kara yamero to ii
hidori no toki wa namida wo nagashi
samusa no natsu wa oro-oro aruki

minna ni deku-no-bō to yobare
homerare mo sezu
ku ni mo sarezu
sō iu mono ni
watashi wa naritai

not losing to the rain
not losing to the wind
not losing to the snow or to the heat of the summer
with a strong body
unfettered by desire
never losing temper
cultivating a quiet joy
every day four bowls of brown rice
miso and some vegetables to eat
in everything
count yourself last and put others before you
watching and listening, and understanding
and never forgetting
in the shade of the woods of the pines of the fields
being in a little thatched hut
if there is a sick child to the east
going and nursing over them
if there is a tired mother to the west
going and shouldering her sheaf of rice
if there is someone near death to the south
going and saying there's no need to be afraid
if there is a quarrel or a suit to the north
telling them to leave off with such waste
when there's drought, shedding tears of sympathy
when the summer's cold, walk in concern and empathy
called a blockhead by everyone
without being praised
without being blamed
such a person
I want to become

© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

kokeshi with this poem


Bending neither to the rain
Nor to the wind
Nor to snow nor to summer heat,
Firm in body, yet
Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite,
The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse, 1964

Neither rain
nor wind
nor snow nor summer’s heat
will affect his robust body. . . .
Makoto Ueda,
Modern Japanese Writers and the Nature of Literature, 1982

Undaunted by the rain,
Undaunted by the wind,
Undaunted by the snow or the summer heat,
With a strong body

Donald Keene,
Dawn to the West, 1984

Strong in the rain
Strong in the wind
Strong against the summer heat and snow
He is healthy and robust

Roger Pulvers,
Kenji Miyazawa: Poems, 1997

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Kenji Miyazawa 宮沢 賢治, Miyazawa Kenji

27 August 1896 - 21 September 1933,
Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan
was a poet and author of children's literature in early Shōwa period Japan. He was also known as a devout Buddhist, vegetarian and social activist.

Miyazawa was born in what is now Hanamaki city, Iwate Prefecture as the eldest son of a wealthy pawnbroker. From an early age, he was disturbed by what he perceived to be the social inequity between his well-to-do family, who lived by lending money to the impoverished farmers in the area. In 1918, he graduated from Morioka Agriculture and Forestry College. He was a bright student, so his academic advisor wanted him as an assistant professor. However, differences with his father over religion (he converted to the more activist Nichiren sect), and his repugnance for the family pawnshop business (he yielded his inheritance to his younger brother), created much unhappiness in his early life, and in 1921, he departed Hanamaki for Tokyo.

In Tokyo, while staying with a friend, he was introduced to the works of poet Sakutarō Hagiwara, and was encouraged to start writing. After eight months in Tokyo, during which time he began to write children's stories, he returned to Hanamaki due to the illness and subsequent death of his younger sister.

He found employment as a teacher in agricultural science at Hanamaki Agricultural High School (花巻農学校). Saving his meagre salary, he was able to finance the publication of his first collection of children's stories and fairy tales (Chūmon no Ōi Ryōriten - 注文の多い料理店 - The Restaurant of Many Orders) and a portion of a collection of free-verse poems (Haru to Shura - 春と修羅 - Spring and Asura) in 1924. Although neither work was a commercial success, his writings came to the attention of poets Kotaro Takamura and Shimpei Kusano, who admired his writing greatly and introduced it to the literary world.


Miyazawa's works were influenced by contemporary trends of romanticism and the proletarian literature movement, but above all were influenced by his devotion to the Lotus Sutra in particular.
Miyazawa struggled with pleurisy for many years, and was often incapacitated for months at a time. He died in 1933 of pneumonia.

It may also be noted that Miyazawa had at least a passing interest in Esperanto. He loved his native province, and Ihatov (or Ihatovo), the name of the fictional location that appeared in his works, was constructed from the name Iwate (Ihate in the older spelling) in a manner similar to Esperanto.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

Gingatetsudō no Yoru
Night on the Galactic Railroad

1996 marked the 100th anniversary year of the birth of Kenji Miyazawa.

Miyazawa's mix of East and West begins with the names of the two young characters of the story: Jovanni (Giovanni) and Kanpanera (Campanella). The story takes place during the imaginary "Centaurus" Festival, a time when lanterns are lit to show deceased ancestors the way home. This imaginary festival occurs in August, and in the story, Miyazawa images children running and scampering, yelling that Centaurus is "dropping dew" [no doubt, a somewhat misplaced reference to the Perseids].

The Milky Way Train: Celebrating Kenji Miyazawa
By: Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara, 1999


Miyazawa Kenji wrote a famous book about a bear hunter

なめとこ山の熊 Nametoko yama no kuma
The bears of Nametoko Mountain

It's interesting, that business of the bears on Mt. Nametoko. Nametoko is a large mountain, and the Fuchizawa River starts somewhere inside it. On most days of the year, the mountain breathes in and breathes out cold mists and clouds. The peaks all around it, too, are like blackish green slugs or bald sea goblins..........

Read more here:
WKD : Bears as Kigo


otoshibumi atena wa Kaze no Matasaburoo

a lost letter -
the address is
Kaze no Matasaburo

Satoo Hirokazu 佐藤博一

This needs some explanation.
otoshibumi is the name of the leaf-cut weevil. The pun in Japanese does not go well if I use the name of the animal for the first line.

Kaze no Matasaburô - A Wind Boy
Miyazawa's collection of stories for children, published after his death in 1933, Kaze no Matasaburô contains six stories. This book is in fine binding with illustrations by Koana Ryûichi, and an introduction by Tsubota Jôji, who had already established his position in the world of children's literature. This book was recommended by the Ministry of Education and well read. With Kaze no Matasaburô, Miyazawa became famous as an author for children.

"Kaze no Matasaburô" is about a strange boy named Takada Saburô. On a windy day, he appears in an elementary school at a mountainside. He says he has come from Hokkaido with his father. His new classmates think he might be Matasaburô, a wind boy. He spent twelve days there, studying and playing with the village children. As wind blows when he does something, the boys come to believe he is really Matasaburô. Then, on a windy day, he is gone. Although it is an unfinished work, it is regarded as the best work of Miyazawa, as well as one of the masterpieces in the history of Japanese children's literature. It is widely read today.

Kaze no Matasaburô was dramatized by Gekidan Tôdô, and made into a movie in 1940. The song at the beginning of this story became very popular. A reprint of the original edition was published by Holp Shuppan in 1971.
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. Hagiwara Sakutaro 萩原朔太郎 .

I wrote the above haiku whilst researching for this

Shikoku Fudo Pilgrimage

Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage to 88 Temples

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first day


元旦や 白黒の世界となりにけり
gantan ya shirokuro no sekai to nari ni keri

january first -
the world is becoming
black and white

We had a lot of snow on January first.


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World Kigo Database

..................................................................... December 2008

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Yemen

cha no hana 茶の花 (ちゃのはな) tea blossoms Japan

Nettle tree (enoki) Japan

Dinner, dining, eating ... and more worldwide

Shoochuu 焼酎 (しょうちゅう) Shochu, strong distilled liquor, Schnaps

..................................................................... November 2008

Rabbit, hare (usagi), snow rabbit (yukiusagi) Japan
Kaninchen, Hase

Firefly squid (hotaruika, hotaru ika ホタルイカ(蛍烏賊))

Ika ... squid dishes

Fish roe dishes (hararago) Japan

Mamakari ままかり Fish dishes from Okayama

Satsumaimo, satsuma imo 薩摩薯(さつまいも)sweet potatoes

Uni 海胆 (うに) sea urchin and sea urchin roe (uni 雲丹). Seeigel

Kani 蟹料理 CRAB dishes Krabben.

Horse meat, baniku (ばにく/ 馬肉) basashi, sakuranabe

BUTA ... Pig and Pork (buta, ton 豚 ぶた)

Daruma Ramen, raamen ラーメン Chinese noodle soup

Ainu Food アイヌ料理

Tosa no Inakazushi (inaka sushi) 土佐の田舎寿司 sushi from the countryside of Tosa

..................................................................... October 2008

Ogata Korin Memorial Day (koorin ki)

Winter honey ... Yemen

Sunbirds... India

Pillow (makura, kukurimakura) Japan

Lobster Decoration (kazari-ebi, Ise-ebi kazaru ) Japan

Stone fish, bullhead (okoze)Fish. Japan

Leek (naganegi) green onions, scallion, porree Japan

Itokoni いとこ煮 boiled pumpkin with red beans Yamaguchi

Kiritanpo (kiritampo) きりたんぽ skewers of mashed rice. Japan

Inkstone (suzuri) Japan

..................................................................... September 2008

World Heart Day September 28

Night of Power, Lailatul Qadr / Lailat-Ul-Qadr Yemen

Shichirin 七輪 portable cooking stove Japan

Onigiri おにぎり rice balls Japan

Hanbaiki 販売機 vending maschines for food Japan

Praise, flattery (homekotoba, o-joozu) Japan

Eel dishes (unagi) Japan. Some are kigo

Burdock root (gobo, goboo) Japan. Arctium lappa

Sansai 山菜  Mountain vegetables
. . . Including
Hahakogusa 母子草(ははこぐさ) sweet cudweed
Kogomi こごみ kind of fern
Nobiru のびる (野蒜) wild rocambole
Tsukushi 土筆(つくし)horsetail plant
Warabi わらび(蕨) bracken, fern
Zenmai 薇(ぜんまい) Japanese Royal Fern
Mori no Megumi, Bountiful food from the Forest

Momotaro Nabe ... Peach Boy HodgepodgeMomotaro Haiku by Issa

Dumplings of all kinds (dango) Japan. Mitarashi dango

Yaseuma, "thin horse" wheat noodles from Oita

Fast Food Gourmet ... the Japanese Version

Inari Sushi (inarizushi) Japan

Kanro-Ni, kanroni, sweet simmering Japan

Tsukuda-ni, Tsukudani ... simmered in sweet soy sauce Japan

Konchu Ryori, konchuu ryoori Insects as food

Citrus fruits (kankitsu rui) Japan
mikan, ponkan, hassaku, sudachi, daidai, kabosu, iyokan, sudachi, yuzu, oranges and others

Interesting, exciting, entertaining, amusing ... (omoshiro ya) Japan

Hara hachibu ... eating only 80% of your capacity an Okinawan diet

Breakfast (asagohan, asameshi) Japan

Kitchen (daidokoro) Japanese Kitchen

Trout and sweetfish (ayu, masu, iwana and more) and salmon (benimasu) and yamame Japan

Hamaguri, clam shells, venus clams Venusmuscheln

Tsukiji, the big fish market in Tokyo Tsukiji shijoo

SHUN ... Specialities of the Season

Spring Chrysanthemum (shungiku) Japan

Rape flower pickles (nahanazuke)/ nanohana rapeseed flower dishes Japan

Hitashi, Ohitashi ... quickly boiled vegetables Japan

Cod (tara) and various food items Japan

Kogawa Festival, Kogawa Sai Wakayama, Japan

Brazier (jiko) Kenya

Sambosa, samosa Food during the Ramadan. Yemen

Ameyoko Cheap shopping alley, from Ueno to Okachimachi.

Mikan, mandarin orange, tangerine Japan

Senbei, sembei 煎餅 (せんべい) rice crackers, sweet and salty

Godairiki san festival at temple Daigoji Kyoto, Japan

Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji Kyoto, Japan


..................................................................... August 2008

This month and the following months are full of FOOD kigo and topics,
since I am preparing a WASHOKU SAIJIKI.

Loquat fruit (biwa) Japan

Tonburi seeds from the summer cypress Kochia scoparia Akita, Japan

Donburi Bowl of rice with topping

Shiokara ... salty and pungent fermented fish pasteJapan

Jizake, local ricewine brands

Chopping board, cutting board, chopping block (manaita) Japan


Nara pickles (narazuke) and other tsukemono pickles. Japan

Myoga Ginger (myooga) Japan
Myoga Ginger Festival.

Spikenard, Japanese spikenard (udo)

Alfonsino fish (kinmedai) Beryx splendens

Higo zuiki 肥後ずいき dried taro root

Shippokuk ryoori 卓袱(しっぽく)料理 Shippoku dishes , shippoku cuisine

Sawachi ryoori 皿鉢料理 Sawachi cuisine, celebration food
katsuo no tataki かつおのたたき chopped katsuo fish

Gameni がめ煮 mixed boiled vegetables and chicken meat

Chinmi, special delicasies

WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

Egg, eggs (tamago) Japan

Cherry Blossom Time ... Food Kigo

Deafness-curing sake (jirooshu) Japan

Famine in spring (shunkyuu) Famine in Japanese History

Herring roe praparations (kazu no ko tsukuru) Japan

Mirin (sweet sake for cooking) Japan

Miso paste and related kigo Japan

Turban shell as food (tsuboyaki, yakisazae) Japan

Starwort in cooked rice (yomena meshi)Japan

Rice cakes (mochi) for SPRING a KIGO list

Namasu vinegar dressing (namasu) Japan

Mountain pepper (sanshoo, sansho) Japan

Water (mizu) Drinking Water of Japan

Drinks for summer Japan
Including sweet rice wine (amazake), beer, ice shavings with flavor (kakigoori), barley tea (mugicha), strong liquor (shochu) and many more

Soy Sauce, soya sauce Japan

Rice (gohan, meshi) as food. Japan

Flounder, sole (karei) as food. Japan

SUMMER ... preparing Japanese food
Including natto fermented beans, vinegar (su)

Spring pickles (tsukemono)
Including namasu dressing, dengaku, wasabizuke and many more

Tablewear for Couples rice bowls (meotojawan) / chopsitcks (meotobashi)

Food from the sea and the mountains (umi no sachi, yama no sachi)

Kitaoji Rosanjin, a cook and potter

Knife (hoochoo, waboochoo) Japan

Miso paste Japan

WASHOKU ... Japanese Food Saijiki

Naracha Rice Gruel Japan

Yuba, skin of soy milk Japan

Arisoumi coast, Ariso-Umi Japan

Grasshopper (Platyphyllum concavum, Gampsocleis buergeri) Japan

Autumn Food ... ... KIGO list

Winter food ... ... KIGO LIST

Roe, fish roe dishes (sujiko and many others) Japan

Yam potatoe dishes (tororo jiru) Japan

Temple Kokawadera and a Basho stone memorial

Pivot ... its use in waka and haiku

Kamakhya Temple near Guwahati in Assam India.
And other pilgrimages worldwide.


..................................................................... July 2008

Sweat (ase) Japan. Perspiration, transpiration and related kigo

Asakayama ... 安積山 Mountain near Koriyama, Fukushima pref. Matsuo Basho on his way ...

Demon's gate (kimon) ... Japan

Dinner tray (zen), box tray (hako zen) ... Japan

Nishiyama Soin and the Danrin School (Soo-In) 西山宗因, 談林派

Lottery, lottery ticket (takarakuji) Japan

Melon / cool melon / watermelon Yemen

Flood (koozui, aki demizu) .. Japan. Floods, flooding. Worldwide.

..................................................................... June 2008

Karma, the Net of Indra ... Indra Net, Inter Net ... :)

Indian paintbrush (Castilleja) North America

WKD : New England Saijiki

Naked Festivals (Hadaka Matsuri) Japan. LIST

Yui Town Big Drum Festival (O-Taiko Matsuri ) Japan

Urasa Naked Festival at Temple Fukoo-Ji (Urasa no Doo Oshi) Japan

Jazz Music North America

Violett and Purple : MURASAKI in Haiku Lady Murasaki Shikibu

Chameleon, Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) Yemen

Shrine Tada Jinja ... and Matsuo Basho

Rice gruel (kayu) Japan

Toji, Temple Too-Ji in Kyoto Japan

Independence Day, June 12, 1898Philippines

Swallowtail butterflies (agehachoo) Yemen, Japan

Elm tree (Ulmus) Europa, North America

Kasuga Shrine Festivals (Kasuga matsuri, Wakamiya On Matsuri)

Rhode Island USA

Kuromori Kabuki ... 黒森歌舞伎 (くろもりかぶき ) Yamagata prefecture. Japan

Donzuki Matsuri ... どんづき祭 "Body throwing festival", Niigata, Japan

Hasedera no Tada-oshi ... 長谷寺のただ押し (はせでらのただおし)Hasedera Temple Festival, Sakurai, Nara, Japan

Takewari Matsuri ... 竹割祭 (たけわりまつり) Bamboo splitting festival. Japan

Kashihara matsuri ... 橿原祭 Kashihara Shrine Festival. Japan

Towns of India and haiku India

Dream (yume), First Dream (hatsuyume) Japan

Official, minor official (yakunin, koyakunin) Japan, Edo period

Kato Shuson (1905-1993)

Sand, hot sand (nessa) Japan

..................................................................... May 2008

Family altar, Buddhist family altar (butsudan) Japan

Spikemoss (iwahiba, iwamatsu) Japan. Sellaginella tamariscina

Iris, bearded Iris (Iris albicans) Yemen

Paper clothing, paper robes (kamiko) Japan

White Dew (shiratsuyu) Japan

Lawn, grass, turf (shiba) Japan. ... and related kigo

New Year Arrow (hamaya) Japan

Goto Takatoshi Takatoshi Gotoh

Trillium family of flowers (kinugasa soo) .. Japan. North America

Delhi, Old Delhi, New Delhi. India

Bombay, Mumbai . India

Lucknow . India

Kumano Road (Kumano Kodo Japan

Saga Dawa / Vesak Celebrations Buddhist Communities

Rhododendron (shakunage, sekinan ) Japan

Shimabara no taiyuu no doochuu ...  Shimabara Geisha Procession (Kyoto)
Shimabara taiyuu no doochuu

Miyako Odori .. "Dance of the Capital" in Kyoto

Naniwa Odori ... Naniwa Dance in Osaka

Haru Matsuri .. Spring Festival. General

Azuma Odori .. Azuma Dance, Tokyo Dance

Kamogawa Odori .. Kamogawa Dance in Kyoto
Garden (niwa), Park (teien, tei-en) Japanese Garden, Zen Garden ...

Storehouse, warehouse (kura, dozoo) Japan

Masahide, Mizuta Masahide (1657-1723)

Shushiki (Shuushiki 秋色) (1668-1725)

Hi no Oka Pass (Hi no Oka Tooge) Japan

Sand skiing, dune skiing Yemen

Pinewood Derby North America

Barangay Fiesta Philippines. and The Santacruzan

Haiku Sweets (haika 俳菓) Japan

Ghosts (yookai, bakemono) Japan

Imagination in Haiku ... Theory

San Miguel Beer Philippines

Straw hats (dholas, kofias and hadrami) Yemen

Sunflower (himawari) Japan. Europa. North America

Four Directions (toozai nanboku)East, West, North, South

Dontaku .. Dontaku Festival in Hakata, Japan

Go, a board game, igo 囲碁 (Japan)

Green Week, Greenery Day (midori no shuukan, midori no hi) Japan

Cassia blossoms (Cassia fistula) India. ... amaltaas, bendra lathi, aragvadha and other names

Cockroach (gokiburi, aburamushi) Japan
..... and more summer insects and little animals ...

Turtle, turtoise (kame) Japan

Grains, the five grains (gokoku) Japan

Deutzia blossoms (u no hana, unohana) Japan

Bataan Beach, Bataan Day Philippines

Buddha's Birthday, Flower Festival, Flower Hall (kanbutsu-e, kambutsu-e, shuuni-e, hanamatsuri, hana midoo   Japan. sweet tea (amacha) and more

Utamakura, Place Names in Japanese Poetry "Poetry Pillow Words", makurakotoba

PLACE NAMES used in Haiku Japan and Worldwide

..................................................................... April 2008

Nozawa Boncho 野沢 凡兆 (Nozawa Bonchoo, 1640? - 1714) and his wife Tome, Ukoo 羽紅

Bulbul bird (hiyodori) Japan, Yemen, Kenya and other regions

Grouse, snow grouse, "Thunderbird" (raichoo) Japan

Fish Market Philippines

Airlie Beach Australia

Olympic Games Olympics

Malaysia Haiku

Tourist, sightseer, traveller, visitor ... worldwide

Larks, various types Yemen

Beans in autumn kigo ... the plants also Peanuts plants. Ingen Mame.

Taal Lake Philippines

Tawilis (Sardinella tawilis) Philippines

Peanuts Japan, Philippines

Scilla, Siberian Squill (Scilla Sibirica) Russia, Europe.

Coconuts, Coconut palms Philippines, India

Higashiyama Culture and Haiku

Japanese Culture Week, 2008 Kenya

Ageing ... Kenya

Milkfish (Chanos chanos) also called Bangus. Boneless Bangus. Philippines

Flamingo Yemen

Snack served with tea (cha no ko, o-cha no ko) Japan

Botamochi Rice Cakes (Botamochi) Japan
Botamochi Ceremony

Water dragon, Physignathus lesueurii Australia

..................................................................... March 2008

Herring (nishin) Japan. Koorai Iwashi

Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma, Delonix regia) Two Trees with orange blossoms


Migrant fishermen (watari gyofu) Hokkaido, Japan

Irrigation Ceremony (minakuchi matsuri, nawashiro matsuri) Japan

Will-o'-the-wisp (kitsunebi, onibi) Japan

Groundbreaking ceremony (jichinsai, jimatsuri) Japan

Dawn in spring, Spring morning light (shungyoo, haru no akebono)
Spring morning (haru no asa, haru no akatsuki) and others

Holi Festival.. Dol Yatra (the Swing Festival)India. Also introducing Chillum and Bhang.

Jelly strips (tokoroten) Japanese Food

Blind Woman from Echigo (Echigo goze) Japan. Introducing haiku from Echigo

Manzai (New Year's Comic Performance) Japan

Polar bear = ours polaire (ou « ours blanc » ) Canada. Eisbär

Husky = chien de traîneau (ou « husky ») Canada

Kuroda Momoko 黒田杏子 Haiku Poetess

Chichibu Festival (Chichibu Matsuri
Chichibu Night Festival (Chichibu Yomatsuri)

Kobo Daishi Kukai (Kooboo Daishi Kuukai) and Esoteric Buddhism Japan

Neem blossoms, neem tree, magosa (Azadirachta indica) India. And Ugadi Pachadi

Saigyo Hoshi Memorial Day (Saigyoo Ki) Japan. Saigyoo Hooshi

Nightingale singing competition (uguisu awase) Japan.

Arii Shokyu-Ni(1713-1781) "the Nun Shokyu". Nagamatsu Nami, Kohakuan.
Kohakuan Fufuu, Arii Fufuu (1702 - 1762), her husband
Chomu (Choomu) 蝶夢 (1732 - 1796), a Buddhist priest shookyuuni shokyuuni shokyu ni

Kite, black kite, Milan noir (tobi, tombi) Japan. Milvus migrans

Amihan and Habagat Monsoon Philippines

Boomerang Australia

Insects awaken, insects come out, bugs come out, bugs wake up, insects appear again, insects stir (keichitsu) Insects wake up. Japan
..... Frost descends (sookoo)

Matsushima 松島Japan

Leap day, leap year (2008) February 29

Bud of trees, treebuds (ko no me, konome) Japan

Bat (koomori, kawahori) Japan

Stone wall (stonewall) (ishigaki) Japan

..................................................................... February 2008

Wheat and Barley (mugi) and related kigo Japan

Coral Tree Blossoms (Erythrina indica) Tiger's claw, Sunshine Tree. India

Common cold and flu (kaze) coughing, sneezing, God of the Cold. Japan, worldwide

Water tank (As-Saharieg) Yemen

Desert rose (Adenium obesum). Yemen

Utsu no Yama, Mount Utsu, Mt. Utsu near Okabe in Shizuoka, Japan

Three treasures of Haiku and ISSA

Temple Saimyo-Ji and Issa

I, the first person (ware, watakushi, ore) used in haiku Japan

Donald Keene

Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia Family . Yemen, North America

. . . . . Pakistan ... Haiku in Pakistan

Desert, sand desert Yemen

Canna lily Yemen

Dates, ripe dates from the Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) Yemen

Eid Al-Kabir, Aid Al Kabir Yemen

Khat, Catha edulis, chewing khat Yemen

..................................................................... January 2008


Jasmine Yemen

Oleander (kyoochikutoo) Japan. Yemen

Rose of Sharon (mukuge) / Hibiscus (bussooge) Japan. Yemen

Toribeno Cemetery in Kyoto Japan

Sumidagawa River Tokyo, Japan

Tao Yuanming To Enmei, Chinese poet 365 - 427 陶淵明

Takeda Butsugai Fusen ... 1795~1867

Kamikaze, Divine Wind Japan

Dalia (daria) Japan, India

Salt (shio) and salted winter food Japan

Issa and the God of Poverty (bimbogami)

Naito Joso (Naito Joosoo 内藤丈草) (1662 - 1704)

Tattoo, Tatoo (irezumi, horimono) Japan

Garlic chives (nira) and its blossoms (nira no hana) Japan

Balls, decorative hand balls (temari) Japan. Ball catching song, ball bouncing song (temari uta)

KAMASU : straw back, tobacco pouch, Pacific sandeel (Ammodytes personatus) Japan

Swan (hakuchoo) Japan

Fatsia japonica blossoms (yatsude no hana) Japan, Japanese Aralia

Iida Ryuta (Iida Ryouta) 1920-2007
Iida Dakotsu, his father (1885 - 1962)

Buddha Dainichi Nyorai Ceremonies and kigo

First Day of the Tiger (Hatsu Tora ) Japan. visit to Kurama Temple in Kyoto on the first day of the tiger: Kurama hatsu tora mairi .. and related kigo

Pongal Spring Festival India. Kolam decorations.

Boma Homesteads Kenya

Juuni Shinshoo 十二神将 Twelve Heavenly Generals, 12 Warrior Generals

Bishamonten, Tamonten (Vaishravana) Japan. Bishamonten Festival, Messenger of Bishamonten

Song, singing (uta) Japan. A list of kigo.

First Poetry Meeting at court(utakai hajime)

Eid Al-kabir on the pilgrimage to Mekka

Lotus Temple Delhi

Issa and O-Take Nyorai お竹如来

... Kamakura, a Haiku Town in Japan

Flamingo Gulf of Aden

Night work (yonabe) Japan

Mallet for good luck (fuku tsuchi) Japan. Mallet for pounding cloth (kinuta)

Fulling block (kinuta) Japan.Pounding cloth. Mallet for beating straw (wara kinuta) and more

Onomatopoetic Words used in Haiku

Boxing Day Australia, New Zealand, UK

Basho and the Ukimido Floating Hall, Lake Biwa

Australian Seasons ...

Seasons Beginning ... Japan, a KIGO list

Long Life Ceremony (enjusai ) Japan

Inahata Teiko (1931 -)
President of the Japan Traditional Haiku Association


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