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Haiku poems composed during the Mountains of Central Japan Tour September 2006

 

Bright, breeze-blown blossoms
A bobbing swirl of colors
Children in their hats

(voted winner)

Japanese translation of winning haiku

 

 

Trip's done; Sweet sorrow!
I'm not sure which feels it more
My heart, or my knees

A light rain greets us
Morning in Kanazawa
Fine kettle of fish

Bob Williams

 

Yarisawa Lodge
Infectious giggles at night
Sardine-can humor

(dedicated to Irene)

(It may be scary
But crossing the ladders
Is really alright)

(Let's walk again
With friends
Hike Japan )

Chie Kawahara

 

Birds calling somewhere
Just above the traffic flow
Cannot fly away

Menu - pork and beef
Empty fields, no animals
Does Nissan make them?

Tranquil garden. Peace
Shattered by constant drilling
Man breaks what he makes

James Leonard

 

Noticed on the trail
Celestial tic-tac-toe
Mingled 'x' and 'o'

Fast water flowing
Through the forested valley
Glints with autumn sun

Rust-colored wet rocks
After the water's swift course
Remaining in place

Kurt Hurley

 

Calm contemplation
Garden of tranquillity
Totally absorbed

Japanese cuisine
Fish, fish, and more bloody fish
Pass it on to Kurt

Karaoke night
Bob warms up his vocal chords
Kurt slips out the door

Irene Ellis

 

Onwards and upwards
Besides the Yarisawa
Tumbling her waters

Yarisawa Hut
We arrive with light fading
Too late for a bath!

Stone caged in wire
Hiking trail or barrier?
Or maybe it's a bath

Sue Doyle

 

Rain on stone gardens
Seas of well-raked harmony
Footprints washed away

Adam Heffill

 

Delicate grasses
Spider waits in gossamer
Shimmering in dew

Sardines in bunk beds
Book shelves full of walking boots
Clever use of space

It seems in Japan
Cleanliness is next to God
In many guises

Halcyon Leonard

 

Cypress tree spreads wide
Aged limbs held up by poles
My fate too, perhaps
(at Kenrokuen)

A square-holed pillar
Do I dare to eat a peach
Nirvana with bruise
( Temple )

Silent in stone basin
The water lilies deep and still
No frog here today
(Samurai house)

Sue Williams

 

A little brown frog
Leaves the cool emperor's tomb
Where is it going?

Little yellow hats
Bobbing along above the rice. Laughter
As they stop and play

Azure days dissolve
Into silver nights. Mountain
Home of the star crow

Bob Heffill

 

 


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