sekirei & hamanasu

Posted in Haiku, Japanese Classic, Summer with tags on July 24, 2014 by Tito

Buson had once written sekirei no/ o ya Hashidate wo/ ato nimotsu 

Tail of a wagtail—
Left behind in Hashidate
My luggage
…………. (trans. Makoto Ueda)

Today, I walked the same strand as he had done one quarter of a millennium before and found myself humming

Before a sea of Prussian blue
Hips of the wild rose …

…………. (Amanohashidate, 23.7.14)

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Plain Living, Happy Singing

Posted in Book, News, Summer with tags , , on July 19, 2014 by Tito

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From the bus stop

Still a long, long way to go—

Summer groves.

 

Toshi Ida’s new book has just been delivered from the printers! It is a solo English haiku collection, complete with Japanese versions, divided into four seasonal sections. There are also many nice haiga illustrations and photos (by the author himself), and a series of ten haibun pieces at the back of the book. The title of the book alludes to a lament by Wordsworth, “Plain living and high thinking are no more”, but also to the natural bird-like ‘singing’ of the author’s heart as he lives the haiku ethic every day. The book’s subtitle is ‘Haiku Scenes’. This is the first individual collection published by the Hailstone Haiku Circle. Congratulations to Toshi!

¥860 (U.S.$ 8) + p&p. The book will soon be available at Hailstone events, or in the post via Mari Kawaguchi (domestic) and Hisashi Miyazaki (international). Contact details are given on our Publications page (via the page link at top right).

 

wild bamboo

Posted in Haiga, Summer on July 4, 2014 by Gerald

wild bamboo

 

click on the image to magnify and read the haiku

Daily Yearning

Posted in Haipho, Summer on June 16, 2014 by Tito

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Rain clouds

Rice seedlings, white birds—

I read your news.

 

…………… (Kitasaga, Kyoto, 14.6.14)

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Peripatetic

Posted in Book, Haiku, News with tags on June 4, 2014 by Tito

An e-book featuring 18 extremely varied walks in or around Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto has just been launched on Amazon. It is edited by Michael Lambe and Ted Taylor, both of whom contributed sparkling haiku to Hailstone’s most recent anthology, Meltdown.  Although haiku do not feature especially strongly, the two contributions by John Dougill (‘Kamogawa Musing’) and Stephen Henry Gill (‘Blue Sky’) – both haiku poets – inevitably include haibun, haiku, haiqua, waka, etc. Richard Steiner – another Hailstone contributor – supplied a colour illustration of the Daimonji bonfires. The cover picture is by Sarah Brayer.

The idea of the book was to have its contributors stroll through a neighbourhood they knew well, showing readers/visitors something of the multi-layered fascination of living in Kyoto, but to do it in a personal, even offbeat way. One piece in fact describes a protest march; at least two others are hikes. Not all are foreign residents, but the majority are. The book is in English and contains helpful photos and maps. It’s not all about temples and gardens, though: chained dogs, homeless people and convenience stores are also introduced! Michael explains in his Foreword, “Walking will expand your limited ideas of self to embrace your local community. Walking will help you to slow down and enjoy this moment now, wherever you happen to be”.

Deep Kyoto: Walks

Deep Kyoto: Walks

Buy from Amazon

It costs just $7.97 to download. Snap it up now and enjoy reading it on your Kindle/i-Phone/desk-top or whatever! Take the book with you one day and try out one of the suggested walks for yourself. Has it changed at all? How far will you get, I wonder, before you diverge into your very own ‘Kyoto Walk’?

Two of the haiku you will find therein (the ‘high’ and the ‘low’ of it):

…….. Ascending, soaring
…….. Beyond the blue horizon
…….. The lone hawk.
…….……..…………... (John Dougill)

….…….……..……...…. Emerald river -
..…….……..……...…… By a toe-sized tadpole
….…….……..……...…. Bathing my aching feet.
…….…….……..……...………………………... (Tito)

from the Icebox inbox – 32

Posted in Haiku, Submissions, Winter on June 1, 2014 by Gerald

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in the length of a breath shooting star

. Martin G. Cohen

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No bird in sight –
On the snow drifted balcony
Proof of their passing
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Its shrouds removed
the fountain stands ornate
When will water flow?

. Jane Wieman

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shelling peas sun fills the colander on grandma’s step

. Nicole Hague

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ikebana –
hands weave
the silence

. Theresa Cancro

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Winter morning, butterfly
Frozen on a leaf

. Payal Aggarwal

Painting Haiga Plates in Higashiyama

Posted in Event report, Haiga, Spring with tags on May 8, 2014 by Tito

Eiko and Akito in the foreground. Jiko at the topLawrence Jiko Barrow kindly opened his studio to Hailstone for a composition stroll (ginko) on Sun., 20 April, 2014. After lunch, we tried to paint, in underglaze colours onto preformed plates, something of what we had experienced. Each plate featured a haiku, some of which are given below.

KC4F0045The woods behind the studio rise steeply towards a hillcrest, on which stands the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, hardly a haiku figure! The fallen leaves were a mixture of the previous autumn’s (still unswept and undecayed) and the leaf-fall of the broadleaved evergreen trees and bamboos, which choose spring to shed. The dog, which belongs to Jiko’s landlord, is called ‘Charo’.photo 24
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Easter Sunday –
the hailstone iron kettle
rusty

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Higashiyama –
Cherry petals on the trail
A dog is reluctant to walk

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white fungus
has wound around the dead oak …
silence

……………. Mayumi Kawaharada

rustling fallen leaves
as we walk:
new spiralling ferns

……………. Akira Kibi

The dog confuses
My pen with a snack –
Spring woodland

……………. Tito

Circumambulating
The bamboo grove,
My father gently recalled

……………. Ursula Maierl

Absorbed in serenity
Leaves rustle, birds sing –
The warlord’s tomb!

……………. Eiko Mori

Hideyoshi’s tomb –
Nobody sweeps here
But the April wind

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Others participating: Peggy McMonagle, Akito Mori, John Dougill

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