So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms

Sep 6, 2014

So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms

by Daniel Robson

From great disaster flows great poetry, and this collection of haiku, collated by Madoka Mayuzumi on her visits to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and translated into English, offers insight from those who lost so ...

For the love of haiku

Dec 21, 2013

For the love of haiku

by Hiroaki Sato

“Haiku,” edited by haiku practitioner David Cobb, and “Haiku Love,” edited by Japanese language scholar Alan Cummings, are both fun books. Originally published by the British Museum, they are sumptuously illustrated with nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) from the museum’s collections, each ...

Oct 7, 2013

EC chief pens second haiku tome

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy proudly presented his second volume of haiku at the Japanese ambassador’s residence last week. Published three years after his first volume, “Haiku 2″ is not only accompanied by drawings but also Japanese translations of the original Dutch verses. ...

Biography of Masaoka Shiki excels in the expanded details

Sep 28, 2013

Biography of Masaoka Shiki excels in the expanded details

by David Burleigh

Haiku, the short Japanese poem now proliferating overseas, scarcely needs an introduction anymore. Its three great pillars, widely read even in translation, are the poets Matsuo Basho (1641-1694), its first creator, then Yosa Buson (1716-1784) and Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), who renewed it. THE WINTER ...

Sep 20, 2013

Haiku penned by EU chief Van Rompuy set to music

Seven haiku composed by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy have been set to music by Belgian compatriot Dirk Brosse, local media said. “I am honestly embarrassed. I am aware of the great disparity in quality between the poetry that I write as a ...