Archive for March, 2012

Hailstone Urban Ginko, Kobe

Posted in Event report, Japanese Modern, Spring with tags on March 26, 2012 by Hisashi Miyazaki

東風の波埠頭の鉄鎖濡れそぼつ (誓子)
March waves
at the pier head
drenching iron chains   (Yamaguchi Seishi)


4th March, 2012. Nine Hailstones gathered one by one in front of Kobe Motomachi Station, where organizer, Akira Kibi greeted us. A raindrop – kigo of spring rain, implying stillness, suggestiveness – then, later on, an insistent pouring onto buds and flowers. With this rain, our ginko stroll took us from the Station, down to the port (Naka Pier), from where we took a cruise around the Harbor (altitude 0 m). On disembarking, we walked back up to Chinatown to have lunch. Afterwards, we wandered through the City heart, nicely recovered from the Quake Disaster of 1995, taking in an old Mosque, and on further uphill to the Kitano district and Ijin-kan Street (altitude 150 m), where Western-style buildings and former residences of early foreign settlers are preserved. We came back downhill later to a café to share our haiku. A few of our poems are below, though no one seems to have written down Emily Campbell’s verse.

Mount Rokko, still
and mist-enveloped:
remembering the Quake   (Lake)

Forlorn lamp posts –
the waves have lapped
a million times about them
since that Day   (Eiko) 

spring tide in the shipyard
soon, a vessel to be born   (Hisashi)

…….. from the harbour
…….. to the top of the hill
…….. walking with bravado –
…….. spring rain   (Mari)

By a red lamp post
Dumpling steam:
Sheltering in doorways   (Tito)

…….. spring rain
…….. wetting the mosque dome –
…….. its entrance, locked   (Akira)

Under spring drizzle …
the old foreigners’ quarter,
our port’s heritage, too   (Akito)

through rainy trees
a foreign house rots –
yet, its garden camellia!  (Shigeko)

The Narrow Road to the Disaster Zone

Posted in News, Radio, Winter with tags , , on March 9, 2012 by Tito


SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 16:30 (G.M.T.), repeated SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 23:30 (G.M.T.),





In Japan, this becomes March 12 (Mon.), 01:30 and March 18 (Sun.), 08:30. このたび、BBC英国放送のラジオ4局で、Stephen GillとJulian Mayが作ったラジオ番組が、日本時間の 3月12日の 朝01:30 と 3月18日の 朝08:30に放送されます! ライブで聞くならばここ Listen live here: or listen during the week at your own convenience on the i-player here: 12日から一週間くらいの間は、 . Go to the A-Z strip and see if the programme is there under N for ‘Narrow’ (or type ‘Narrow Road’ in the search box at top right). Nで始まる番組、もしくは ‘Narrow’とか‘Narrow Road’ を右上のsearch box に入れて検索して結構です。 The 28-minute feature should be available on that site for listening for at least one week; maybe more.

番組内容:私の最近の震災地への旅です。The programme is about a recent visit to Tochigi, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in the north of Japan, tracing part of haiku poet Basho’s Oku no Hosomichi 奥の細道 route as much as possible, but presenting a contemporary, hopefully somewhat poetic, account of the present situation there. Fingers crossed that it works and that the wonderful people we met up there shine, even via their voice-overs! The BBC describe the programme thus… BBC のこの番組についての英語説明… .

I hope you can find the time to listen and that you might enjoy it. ラジオ番組を楽しんでいただければ幸いです。どうぞよろしくお願いします。

震災地で募金を大事に賢く使ってサポート活動をしているボランティア・グループへ募金をなさりたい場合:It’s Not Just Mud をお勧めします。少しの間だけでしたが、私もINJMのボランティアに参加しました。