Haiku from Fukushima

Tōgo Nagase 永瀬十悟 from Fukushima won the Kadokawa Haiku Award in 2011. His haiku will help people relive his experiences from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. He was deeply affected and his home was damaged by the earthquake in Fukushima. Tōgo is a member of the Kiko 桔槹 haiku group in Fukushima.

translated by Emiko Miyashita and Michael Dylan Welch


severe earthquake—
roof tiles flying
to the narcissus


I’m alive, talking
on the reconnected phone…
night camellia


swallows arrive
and people disappear from the town
radiation exposure


spring comes
to a refugee camp…
playing catch


rumors of contamination
the strawberry’s
painful sweetness


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