Tag Archives: haiku

haiku and haibun etc.

Backyard, seasons, life #haiku

In the backyard of a new life
Drinking a weak warm cup
Watching leaves change near Winter

Artifact: Hot Spring Haiku (as seen at Himalaya Museum, Pokhara, Nepal)

Hot Spring Haiku – as seen at Himalaya Museum, Pokhara, Nepal

“Shortest Distance” / a postal haiku

Bend paper to find
Shortest distance between points
Or apply a stamp

My pal P. Singh Gill at world’s highest elevation post office

Tushar Wadhwani provides details: “At 15,500 feet in Hikkim which is a part of Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh which is in India.”

Stumble, Hurry! Hurry! (remix) – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 4)

Watching steps… / Shinkonryoko Ramble

Watching my every each step

Is the task at hand

So i’ll watch yours instead

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Exhibit: Kobayashi Issa (haiku master), museum and grave in Shinano, Nagano

In May 2019, Ryoko and I wandered around Japan on a shinkonryoko (honeymoon) with the aims of riding various trains, visiting some folks, sampling accommodation types and visiting small museums along the way. 

In Shinano, Nagano, we visited my old pal Steve – a former Minnesota US Navy man who has lived in mountain high Nagano mostly on, but sometimes off, for better part of 40 years. With him, we checked out the Issa Memorial Museum dedicated to the haiku poet Kobayashi Issa (who was usually referred to mononymously) and is regarded as 1 of the 4 GREAT classical haiku poets (along with Basho, Shiki and Buson).

Anyhow, not sure if we just got lucky with timing or Issa isn’t a big pilgrimage for others but this was a stop i looked forward to and enjoyed very much. The place was so calm because very few patrons (mid-day, mid-week in May).

Many rooms of scrolls, artifacts from his wanders, and scale models of towns and places. Most everything was only in Japanese so if you don’t read Nihongo, you are kinda outta luck but still worth viewing all the artifacts and figuring bits and pieces out as you see it.

Simply observing the book binding craft, scroll creations and map-making techniques is highly enjoyable. 

Especially enjoyed seeing his travelling clothes, pipes, book bundles , maps and journals as these are the items i have with me whilst traveling (obviously). 

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Noble sentinel… / Shinkonryoko Ramble

Sentinel tree enjoys support

Of decommissioned trees

Liberally in olden growth

Shinto shrine employs… / Shinkonryoko Ramble

Shinto shrine employs extra Gods

To bless endless school kid trips

And impending foreign throngs

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(at the) Blanket café / Shinkonryoko Ramble

Cafe named for warmth

Presents 3 bread variations

Space for belonging, me and you

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