Tagged with haiku

Book Review: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

Book Review: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

I think I owe Fran Pickering a public apology for having her book, The Haiku Murder, for such a long time and only just getting around to posting a review. Sorry Fran! I actually finished reading this page-turner before Christmas, but you know how time flies! Here’s a synopsis of The Haiku Murder, the latest … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Has it really been almost 5 months since I woke up in Naruko Onsen after two peaceful nights and set off on the next part of my adventure? Time flies, doesn’t it? I really must get a wriggle on and finish sharing all these stories! So, it was 29th May and, after a delicious breakfast … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

After the excitement of Rokkonsai I opted for a more solitary day, taking my first steps along haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s ‘Narrow Road to the North’, or ‘Oku no hosomichi‘ (奥の細道). In the late spring of 1689 Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉) and his haiku poet apprentice Kawai Sora (河合 曾良) set out on their epic journey, and … Continue reading

Catching the blossom with a haiku

Catching the blossom with a haiku

After spending a few hours in St James’s Park under the cherry blossoms (or possibly some other kind of blossoms, I can’t actually tell), I made my way to the Chelsea College of Art for a haiku workshop. The workshop was run by haiku poets Sho Otaka and Paul Conneally, in English and Japanese, and … Continue reading

Haiku at Hyper Japan

Haiku at Hyper Japan

I was very excited to read in the Hyper Japan newsletter this week that there will be haiku at Hyper Japan! The newsletter said: Haiku at HYPER JAPAN You’ve probably all heard of haiku, that super short form of poetry consisting of 17 syllables (in Japanese), but how many of you have actually tried writing … Continue reading

Silks: A Composition of Poetry

The Crypt Gallery near Euston Station in London is one of most unique spaces I’ve visited. In fact, I didn’t even realise where the gallery was until I dubiously peered into the dark doorway and found what I was looking for. I wouldn’t have known about this little-publicised exhibition if it hadn’t been for an … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: B is for…

Continuing with my A-Z of Japan series, today it’s time for B. I thought for a while about what should represent B – should it perhaps be baseball (a very popular sport in Japan), Buddhism (one of Japan’s two main religions) or bento (弁当) (Japanese lunch boxes made with precision and care)? All are worthy … Continue reading