Archive for May 21, 2009


Posted in Haiqua, Spring on May 21, 2009 by david mccullough

purple haze –

beneath the flowering mountain

chainsaws sing

to the fallen cedars


つつじ咲きかすめる山のふもとにはチェンソーうたい杉の香のして (tsutsuji saki/kasumeru yama no/fumoto ni wa/chen-sou utai/sugi no ka no shite)…………………………….tanka-style Jap. trans. by Hisashi Miyazaki

Poems for Mt. Ogura

Posted in Challenge! on May 21, 2009 by Tito

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Five years since my 生け石ike’ishi gallery installation 小倉参り (Pilgrim of  Mt. Ogura), at which through haiku, photography, stone arrangements – and a scattering of rubbish and leaves gathered from its slopes – I tried to show people both the beauty and the sadness of the mount. Now we have an NPO, 小倉山百人一集の会 (People Together for Mt. Ogura, see Blogroll on right) to help protect the hill where 藤原定家 Fujiwara Teika compiled his classic 小倉百人一首 (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each) tanka collection, today well-known as the karuta poem card set.P1080831-

One of our creative projects is 小倉山百人一句・一首 (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets on Mt. Ogura), which requires verse (in Japanese or in English) from another twenty people. How about coming along on one of our Mt. Ogura or Saga events this year (see Events & seminars page) and composing something? Haiku/tanka written at the foot of the  mountain are also accepted. Mt. O. is the central misty one below …

P1070983-Huffing and puffing / my friends climb the hill : / Stopping, / a distant river speaks.