Archive for June, 2008

At Stillhollow Pond

Posted in Event report, Haiku, Spring on June 28, 2008 by Tito

young bamboo swaying, ………………………………..under dawn redwoods

yet the gloom toward evening ……………………….terrapin floats leisurely –

of the grubby old pond ……………………………………the old pond

(Reiko Hayahara) ……………………………………………………(Mari Kawaguchi)

Trying to compose 5-7-5 haiku on the set theme of ‘the old pond’ during a stroll late in May around Nagatani-ike in the hills of Senri (North Osaka), proved a rewarding exercise … in more ways than one.

Firstly, as the last lines of the two haiku above (and the one printed in the Houchi Shimbun) will show, many found that slight divergence from the 5-7-5 template was to their liking. Brought up in freedom, 5-7-5 felt a little artificial in English. This was educational. What is entirely natural in the Japanese language did not feel quite the same in English.

Secondly, Kaoru Geka’s (reverse furuike ya) ‘masterpiece’ featured in the resultant newspaper article, through which Hailstone was able to advertise its workshops and publications. If you click on the photo, you should be able to make out the pictures of Akira and Stephen (who are fingering the new spring dawn-redwood leaves) and to read Kaoru’s poem.

Here’s one more (this time, with an irregular middle line) from the evening at the Pond. In Japanese, the moorhen is known as ban.

rending the stillness

of the old pond –

the moorhen’s trilling

(Mizuho Shibuya)

報知新聞 20.6.08

The smallest stone garden in Japan?

Posted in Haibun on June 23, 2008 by Richard Donovan

Just before I left Japan for New Zealand I visited one of Daitokuji’s sub-temples, Ryougen-in 龍源院. It has several stone gardens; their sandy whorls with bevelled round edges are unusual. The most mysterious garden Toutekiko 東滴壺 is nestled in among the wooden planks of the interior, in such a confined space that it is claimed to be the smallest karesansui garden in Japan.

the sun’s shadow-caster

secreted in its sandy nook —

eternity must wait

From the Icebox inbox 2

Posted in Spring, Submissions on June 19, 2008 by Tito

witness deposition –
as the courtroom doors open
spring sun relief

………..…………………(Amato’ in Venezuela)

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………. May

……… of

…….. sky

……. the blue

…… into

….. up …

…. up and

up and

.. the other,

. one above

Rice terraces

……………………………(Akira Kibi in Yunnan)

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Among a sea of stones …

I give my prayer

To a fallen warrior

……………………………(Nancy Thai in Kamakura)

rainy rattles

Posted in Haiku, Summer on June 15, 2008 by david mccullough

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all at once

through the downpour

a hundred frog bellows

Far from home

Posted in Haiku, Winter on June 13, 2008 by Richard Donovan

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seed-down tossed up

from the japanese anemone —

first snow on the peaks

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………………….(Wakefield, the South Island, New Zealand)

Arm in arm

Posted in News, Poem on June 13, 2008 by Tito

Arm in arm

Head to palm

Eyes and mouths …

And life!

Congratulations to Hailstone Valerie Matsumoto and husband Montz on the birth of their son, Yoshiya, in South Australia.

Messages to Valerie, through comments button, please! 日本語も O.K.です。

Happy June

Posted in Haipho, Summer on June 12, 2008 by Hisashi Miyazaki

various playful expressions

of children in the mirror :

hydrangea