Emiko Miyashita’s Haiku

Emiko Miyashita is a skilled contemporary haiku poet born in Fukushima but currently living in Kawasaki. She grew up in Urbana, Illinois, in Accra, Ghana, and studied English Literature at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Emiko began writing haiku in 1993 under the mentor-ship of Dr. Akito Arima. She has translated many books through the years. Emiko is a member of the Haiku International Association (HIA) in Japan and is prominent member of “Ten’i (Providence)” Haiku Group led by Dr. Akito Arima.

Monday, a lot to wash,a lot to write, and a lot to cook!

With each rain, my garden becomes a shallow lake; I wonder if goldfish could also fall from the heaven?

a cicada, French alphabet, rain drops dripping, a click of my mouse, my heart beat

Unanswered phone calls

the greenhouse walls

collecting moisture

deep autumn:

father’s boroque music

son’s rock music

a morning-glory

blue to its throat

I refill my fountain pen


Iglulik Proverb

Those who know how to play can easily leap over the adversities of life. And one who know how to sing and laugh never brews mischief.

Iglulik Proverb (Iglulik Inuit)

The people of the Canadian Arctic are called the Inuit (means people) but they were previously called Eskimos. They were the last native people to arrive in North America. The Inuit are from Northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia and are called Canada’s First Peoples.



Speak the Truth

Speak the Truth

Speak only the truth and do right always. You are what you say . . .  And what you say needs to be honest, forthright, and your own own personal belief. Without truth you cannot achieve inner balance – balance within yourself, with other beings, with Mother Earth, and with the creator.

Good words do not last long until they amount to something.

Chief Joseph

(Hin-Mah-Too-Yah-Lat-Kekt), Nez Perce

1840 – 1904

Courtesy of 365 Days of Walking the Red Road by Terri Jean

Best of Japanese Indie Music

These musicians are worth listening to. From my blog Japan Music Corner https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/

Best of Japanese Indie Music 2016


Tokyo based pop-rock group Nicoten have a professional and upbeat sound


Easy Come

Indie band Easy Come play a captivating City Pop and pop sound


Japonesque Musique

Japonesque Musique was originated by DJ Takaha that fuses house and techno music with Japanese traditional sounds


Quietly Excited Penguin

Quietly Excited Penguin are refreshingly different and have their own unique sound


Teach Us, Show Us the Way

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics the high green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snow that never melt, the summit of intense silence, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, the flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon our forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca, and salmon who share our Northwest home, and we ask that they

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to

Teach Us, Show Us the Way

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the Universe, to be with us to

Teach Us, Show, Us the Way

Anon, 18th century, Chinook

The Chinook Nation are from the lower Columbian River Region of Oregon and Washington and consists of Lower Chinook (Washington), Clatsop (Oregon), Willapa (Washington), Wahkiakum (Washington) and Kathlamet (Oregon) people. The Chinook people welcomed Lewis and Clark and helped them survive the winter of 1805 and 1806. Unfortunately their treaties were not formally ratified by the United States.

See video “Promised Land”



Banish Fear from Your Life

Fear stunts your soul and limits the amount of road needed to travel to reach the

tree of life, and to know the Great Spirit. Fear is non-beneficial and lead to an

unbalanced mind, body, and spirit. To banish fear you must know your path and trust

yourself – and the world around you. With trust come confidence. Self confidence

banishes fear.

I fear no man , and I depend on the Great Spirit

Huron, late 17th century

From 365 Days of Walking the Red Road by Terri Jean