The 19TH HIA Haiku Contest

nothing to cling to . . .


paper flowers blooming


in a glass of water

Jin Wada, Akita City


memories of water toy


made of celluloid and tinplate


floating up

Toshiko Wada,Suginami Ward


cicada shell—


the departed soldier’s


Sunday best

Satoru Koshikawa,Isumi County


Shiki’s memorial day—


hating English


loving baseball

Kyôko Shimizu,Nagoya City


dimmed by mist—


the waterfall hasn’t shown


its full height yet

Junko Sakai,Suginami Ward


how thin and clear


over the Himalayas . . .


winter moon

Kazuhiro Kitazawa,Shibuya Ward


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Supported by Nihon Keizai Shimbun and The Japan Times


My Heart Soars

The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass

speaks to me.


The summit of the mountains,

The thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea,

speaks to me.


The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning,

the dewdrop of the flower,

speaks to me.


The strength of the fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me.


And my heart soars.


Chief Dan George


Dan George (1899 to 1981) was the chief of the Tsliel-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band in North Vancouver, British Columbia. His birth name is Geswanouth Slahoot. He was an actor, poet, and author. Some of Mr. George’s published books are “My Heart Soars,” “My Spirit Soars,” and “You call Me Chief: Impressions of the Life of Chief Dan George.” He acted in the films: Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Little Big Man (1970).

Haiku from Zoe Savina

Rain like guit

you always avoid it

with an umbrella


something like ships

in meandering rains

…my endurance


The horses calmed down

as did the turf

…room for silence


grass and water

the one inside the other

like you and me


Zoe Savina is a haiku poet born in Athens, Greece. She won many prizes and appeared in many poetry journals, anthologies, and other print media. Zoe is a member of the National Association of Greek Writers and founding member of the Coordinating Center of Hellenism. Some of Zoe’s publications include: Nuances (1979), Townships (1981), Know What I’ve Got For You (1992), The Archon of the Crypt (1994), and The Vehicle I Want (1995).

Recommended Japanese Indie Music December 2017

Recommended Japanese Indie Music December 2017

From my music blog called Japan Music Corner

“I want to popularize and present quality Japanese music — J-pop, j-rock, and jazz etc., to the world. International music of all types have little exposure in this country because the music industry only plays and promotes American and Western popular music to the detriment of other styles. We believe Japanese music is equally as good as Western music if given the opportunity. Japan Music Corner believes in music equality and the understanding and appreciation of all music”

Miho Tsujibayashi

Miho is a competent indie singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger from Kawasaki

Ayumi Koketsu

Ayumi Koketsu is a professional and elegant alto sax player from Tokyo.

Ki-ichi Beer The Holy Proximity キイチビール&ザ・ホーリーティッツ

Ki-ichi Beer The Holy Proximity are an original indie rock group with their own sound while having fun.


Miz are an acoustic guitar playing duo from Tokyo.

New music worth listening:

Ai Namida なみだ 藍

Ai Namida is an indie pop singer-songwriter from Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. She started playing since junior high and began to win awards.

Yureru Dress

Yureru Dress is an indie rock band from the Kansai (Osaka) region in Japan.

Seek Wisdom

Those who are wise have lived a lifetime with ears open and willingness to not only experience truth, but to pursue it as well.

Wisdom is gained by:

Listening to your elders.
They have walked a longer path than you.

Seeking all that is true.
Wisdom lies with honesty not deception

Realizing that education is never ending.
Even death is the final lesson.

Learning from mother nature.
Her wisdom is infinite.

The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic such as white man’s mind, the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery.


Turtleheart, Teton Sioux

From “365 Day of Walking the Red Road: The Native American Path to Leading a Spiritual Life Every Day”

Haiku by Matsuo Basho

Early autumn –

Rice field, ocean,

One green.


Birth of art –

song of rice planters,

chorus from nowhere.


Travel weary,

I seek lodging –

ah, wisteria.


Not one traveler

braves this road –

autumn night.


Journey’s end —

still alive, this

autumn evening.



drunken steersman,

drunken boat.


Matsuo Basho is one of my favorite haiku poets because his poems are well written, witty, humorous, and honest.

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Matsuo Basho “Lips to Chilled”

Haiku of Orlando Gonzalez Esteva

No-one speaks alone

not even silence

a house for everyone


Over the guitar

vine leaf

the hand falls


Even in Cuba

if the birds sings

I long for Cuba


I have no feet

only hands that touch

the sphere


No swell of the ocean

if it’s not between one grain

of salt and another


Night weighs

like the dot on the lives

of some letters


Orlando Gonzalez Esteva is a haiku poet born in Palma Soriano, Cuba but currently living in Miami. He published poems and essays in United States, Mexico, and Spain. His works have been praised by Mexican Poet Octavio Paz. Gonzalez translated a Spanish version of haiku master Kobayashi Issa and is working on versions of Basho, Buson, and Shiki.