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					俳句Haikuの喜び The Pleasure of Haiku

The Definition of Haiku

A poem recording the essence of a moment keenly perceived in which nature is linked to human nature.
(American Haiku Association, 1994)





Haiku is communication between human and nature The heart of Haiku is based on Zen Buddhism Making Haiku opens the world of natural beauty and keeps you sensitive to the change of nature and human life. (Haikui awareness) Dr. Professor Robert Cowen, President of CESE, addressed that the heart of International Education for peace is like the heart of Haiku in 2007 CESE World Conference.

Let’s make a good Haiku in your Haiku moment

The Essence of Haiku Moment

Chasing a dragonfly on the mountain path the reflection of twilight (Koji Nakamura)

Haiku: Empty space full of meaning and imagination

The old pond a frog jumps in the sound of water.

(芭蕉)translated by R.H. Blyth

Ah, summer grasses! all that remains of the warriors dreams


“Calm and serene
The sound of a cicada Penetrates the rock” - written by Matsuo Basho

Basic Rule 1 Five-Seven-Five Syllables Three Lines (Present tense) This bitter alethe taste of her lipstick
(Paul David Mena, 1998)

Basic Rule 2 Season Word
Spring rain A spent salmon Drifts a shore
(Nika, 1994)

Frog pond… a leaf falls in without a sound
(Superposition) (B.L. Einbond) 1/41000

Basic Rule 3 Cutting Word 切れ字 Stillness— the candle flame grows

(George Marsh 1993)

Autumn evening; a crow perched on a withered bough
(Basho) 古枝に烏の止まりけり秋の暮れ 芭蕉

Haiku Elements
    

1. The Essence of Haiku Moment 2. Awareness, sensitivity to Natural phenomena 3. Brevity, simplicity (empty space and room to imagine) 4. Simile and metaphor 5. Superposition

In the falling snow, a laughing boy holds out his palms until they are white (Richard Wright)1908-1960

No other flowers In the winter garden but The rose of Christmas

(James Kirkup 1923-) UK

The Haiku Moment and Awareness
 Old


pond-古池や frogs jumped in – 蛙飛び込む sound of water 水の音 (芭蕉 translated by Lafcadio Hearn)


June rain bride’s eyes become the sea
(Tomo Yamada, Univ. student)


Haiku in your memory or in your daily life

Chasing a dragonfly 赤とんぼ on the mountain path 峠越え the reflection of twilight 暮れなずむ High school reunion 同窓会 old familiar faces 懐かしき顔 twinkles in your eyes 汝の瞳


How to find yourself in the middle of Haiku Moment

The Japanese View of Nature
We are a part of nature, not apart from nature. The Japanese traditionally view nature in harmony with human beings, not as disorderly chaos to be controlled. Nature, beauty, and art are joined together, and the eternal is found in fleeting moments of beauty like sakura (cherry blossoms).

日本の春 Spring in Japan Canola blossoms along the river

Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless?

Rainy Season

Wet rice farming

日本の夏 Summer in Japan

コスモスの秋 Cosmos in Autumn

Typhoon Season

Harvest in fall

日本の秋 Lovely Autumn in Japan Persimmon tree in an autumn sky

紅葉の秋 Japan’s natural surroundings contribute greatly to its beautiful scenery


Cold Winter in the Northern Part of Japan

A country life in a snow country

The Essence of a moment Haiku Moment and Awareness
Distant thunder— Falling love with you ever in my dream
遠雷や夢の中まで恋をして 黛 まどか

Harvest moon the thud of falling apples in the night (Jim Kacian)
収穫月 リンゴの落ちる音 真夜中に

The Essence of a moment Haiku Moment and Awareness
Captured firefly A child’s fingers Hatch the moon David E. Lecount The moon reflecting— in the silver river of the owl’s eyes Branishlav Brazakovie

The Essence of a moment Haiku Moment and Awareness
How still it is! Stinging into the stones The locust’s thrill ( An old man Trying to forget love— Winter rain 老いが恋わすれんとすればしぐれかな 与謝蕪村


A fallen petal Flies back to its branch Ah! a Butterfly 荒木田守武  traslated by F.S. Flint


frog pond… a leaf falls in without a sound
(B.L. Einbond)

Sudden Awareness of the Communication between human and nature

A field of rape-flowers: The sun is the west, The moon in the east
菜の花や月は東に日は西に 与謝蕪村

Which Haiku do you like?
*Just one

drop of dew Reflects the whole sun’s burning Ten millions of leaves
(Edith M. Shiffert, 1987)

*Dewdrops each a sun
( Jack Stamm)

Homework Making the best Haiku in Haiku Moment  Make the best Haiku in your daily life in your Haiku Moment.  Send the best one you made with your full name to Koji’s e-mail address  You are supposed to explain it including your Haiku Moment. 

春 Spring
春はあけぼの やうやう白く なり行く山ぎは、少しあかりて 紫だちたる雲の細くたなびきたる  In spring it is the dawn that is most beautiful. As the light creeps over the hills, their outlines are dyed a faint red and wisps of purplish cloud trail over them.

夏 Summer
夏は月のころはさらなり やみもなほ蛍の 多く飛びちがひたる また、ただ一つ二つ など、ほのかにうち光りて行くもおかし 雨など降るもをかし In summer, the nights! Not only when the moon shines, but on dark nights too. As the fireflies flit to and fro, and even when it rains, how beautiful! The
Pillowbook of Sei Shonagon

秋 Autumn  秋は夕暮れ。夕日のさして山の端いと近 うなりたるに、烏の寝どころへ行くとて、 三つ四つ、二つ三つなど飛び急ぐさへあ はれなり。まいて、雁などのつらねたる が、いと小さく見ゆるはいとおかし。日 入りはてて、風の音、虫のねなど、はた 言ふべきにあらず。  In autumn, the evenings, when the glittering sun sinks close to the edge of the hills and the crows fly back to their nests in threes and fours and twos; more charming still is a file of wild geese, like specks in the distant sky. When the sun has set, one’s heart is moved



冬はつとめて雪の降りたるは、言うべき にもあらず、霜のいと白きも、またさら でもいと寒きに、火など急ぎおこして、 炭もてわたるもいとつきづきし。  In winter, the early mornings. It is beautiful indeed when snow has fallen during the night, but splendid too when the ground is white with frost; or even when there is no snow or frost, but it is simply very cold and the attendants hurry from room to room stirring up the fires and

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