As my hometown is Matsuyama, Ehime, I’d like to introduce a wonderful haiku by Fukio Shiba (1903-1930), who was born in the western Ehime countryside. One of his greatest works – and my personal favorite – is
…. あなたなる 夜雨の葛の あなたかな
…. Anata naru yozame no kuzu no anata kana
…. In a far-off place
…. Wet arrowroot in the dark
…. And you.
It’s difficult to translate; very surrealistic.
From the end of July I worked for a time at a plant in Kagawa Prefecture in an industrial area at the foot of Seto Ohashi Bridge. It belongs to the same Inland Sea coast as my hometown, Matsuyama, but is completely different in character. I worked to liaise between German and Italian technicians and local Japanese mechanics – the one, with broken English; the other, with strong Japanese dialect!
…..Gigantic steam machine –
…..In heavy work shoes, my ankles
…..Click with every step.
And now, I’m based in Hawaii.
…. Back to summer –
…. For my first Halloween.