EU commissioner posts two haiku

JIJI

An EU commissioner Wednesday put two haiku about last year’s March 11 disasters in a mailbox set up in Brussels by the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture.

The EU commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, Kristalina Georgieva, the author of the haiku, visited Japan shortly after the massive earthquake and tsunami and again early this month.

The haiku are:

When I came in spring

The land was in great turmoil

Together we heal

And:

Met Japan’s heroes

Saw fortitude and courage

Has inspired my life

Matsuyama placed the mailbox in the Belgian capital in a bid to boost tourism. Matsuyama is the hometown of renowned haiku poet Shiki Masaoka. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, a haiku fan, and others have put their haiku in the mailbox, the first such box installed overseas by the city.