Ginko of the Falling Leaves



This composition stroll, originally organized by Keiko and Stephen to welcome Boston Haiku Society’s Raffael de Gruttola, was held in Kyoto’s ‘Central Park’ – 京都御苑  Kyoto Gyoen, about the old Imperial Palace – on November 27. R’s tour hosts had other plans for him, though. Gerald brought his children, Taiji and Miya. After two hours of strolling through the autumn leaves, we ended up in the cafe-restaurant, Uenoyama, there sharing some of our haiku of the day, … of which a sample:

autumn sun…
a cat curls up
into one of the stone lanterns
(Gerald Staggers)

haiku poet
shimmering colored leaves
(Akira Kibi)

the wood thick
with colored leaves…
from sister’s seeking
brother hides well
(Keiko Yurugi)

Taught about
“Relax Bear”
Under a burning maple

through a stone archway
to collect holy water
for my aged mum –
falling leaves
(Mari Kawaguchi)

treading on fallen leaves…
his name repeated,
“the poet, Raffael”

. φ . ζ . φ . ζ . φ . ζ . φ . ζ . φ . ζ . φ .


2 Responses to “Ginko of the Falling Leaves”

  1. Saved that great photo, T. I tried to reciprocate but oddly, the camera broke.

    Who be ‘relax bear’?

    • Rirakkuma is a kiddies’ bear character, well-known to most parents over here in Japan, but not until recently, to me. Rirak is from the English ‘relax’ and kuma means ‘bear’. The haiku evokes an intimate exchange between bright little Miya and dumb old me.

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