Sunday, March 26, 2017

Attended "Haiku Gathering・句会 etc;

                   *My First Experience of Haiku Gathering 
Early this year at the Dentist, I've met and talked with the Haiku-poem teacher while we were waiting for the treatment.  I finally could attend the once a month gathering.  
Traditional haiku-Poem consist of 17 "on" (, "sound" in Japanese) or "syllables", in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on respectively.  Not always but importantly, Haiku traditionally contains A kigo (a word or phrase that symbolizes or implies the season of the poem ).  And it is drawn from A Saijiki (歳時記 "year time chronicle")  

I'll put my own translation under the poem; I DO wish I have enough English ability to deserve for the Haiku. I will just translate word by word. Might be impossible among different languages.   First one is one of the teachers poem.
  *春寒の 窓閉めてより 長電話*   *shunkanno madoshimeteyori nagadennwa* 
           (with spring coldness, after closing the window, make a long phone chat)

Let me put the one I made :-)
In the middle of this month, I found a male pale thrush walking nearby small park. I was happy for my first capture of male which I can add with my female collection of pictures. (female picture is from last year).   
At the gathering, teacher made some alterations; this one is after altered.
 *シロハラの つがい揃いて 我の前*  *shiroharano tugaisoroite warenomae * 
            (pale thrush, now with pair,  in front of me)
*Early Blooming Cherry Tree 
       This cherry tree is called 'okamezakura'オカメザクラPrunus incamp cv. Okame).  
Flowers are characteristically facing downward. (my weeks favorite for F.H)
   Just one tree along the Koto river side; as always taken on our way back from shopping :-)
I think I finally will be able to have easier week;  Have a wonderful coming new week  

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  1. Oh how I love the beauty of your Japanese characters and the Haiku poems! Yours is good too! I have a friend who writes Haiku poems in her cat Alma's voice - they are just lovely. Have tried them myself too, they are far from easy. Here is one of mine telling about the spring. The syllables don't follow in English the 5-7-5 rule:

    Awakening, green sprouts, hope of spring under their arms

    Happy Sunday Miyako ❤︎

  2. To riitta K; Thank you so much for your kind comment.
    Your Haiku is wonderful; I tried to read aloud and sound great as well. For my amateur's opinion, I like the way you personify (or Anthropomorphising, learned from blog friend♪)saying "under their arms".
    Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  3. Cheery trees have the prettiest blossoms.

  4. I love your haiku, Miyako san! I love that it's based on your actually seeing pale thrush at the park and the haiku is put so beautifully! Your English translation is excellent, too! I think it's really difficult to translate haiku into different languages.
    Gorgeous blossoms of okamezakura. Spring is all around :-) We are enjoying nice spring day here, too. Happy new week to you, Miyako san!

  5. Beautiful blossoms and also the pale thrush pictures. I am not very good at poetry and have never attempted a haiku, I imagine it would be quite difficult.


  6. Hello Miyako, thank you for the good explanation of what a haiku should include. I have written one or two in the past and might try again after reading your post.
    The cherry tree in our garden has started to reveal pink blossom on it's branches. It's flowering early this year, we usually have to wait until May before enjoying it's beauty.
    Wishing you a less stressful week ahead, happy MM.

  7. We always know we will be in for a beautiful post when we visit you. Sweet hugs, Diane

  8. You are adding writing poetry to your amazing list of accomplishments! The cherry trees are beautiful. I read a blog yesterday from someone visiting our nations capital because the cherry trees are in bloom ...they were a gift from Japan . I would love to see them in either your country or ours!

  9. What a lovely post. I enjoyed the Haiku very much. Such a sweet looking bird & those cherry blooms are gorgeous.

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  10. Such beautiful flowers at the end Miyako! To do poetry in another language is one of the most difficult things! And then a poetry style like haiku makes it even harder! I could do a haiku poem in Dutch,but not in English (the rhythm of the words is different, don't you think?)
    Thank you much for sharing the haiku meeting anyway with ALL SEASONS! Have a happy week:)

  11. How lovely that you were finally able to attend a haiku meeting. I'm sure it was quite interesting and fun. Our Japanese friend explained the three different Japanese alphabets and how different sounds are used at different times depending on what you are saying. All so very confusing.

  12. Hello Dear Miyako, I appreciate how you explained Haiku and gave the examples from your Teacher and your before and after pieces. I love how yours came into being too.

    I can admire the art of Haiku but I can't create it, so these extra thoughts you provided were very good to read :D) I hope you keep on with it.

    Those blossoms are truly wonderful and so full of beauty. I love how they look downwards... they dare to be different! ;D)

    Cheerio for now and all good wishes to you xx

  13. My dream is to be in japan during the cherry blossoms festival.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  14. Dearest Miyako,
    So happy to read that you finally can have easier weeks!
    Your photography is already a poem in itself. Easier to me than to put limited wording with it in seasonal meaning. But you did well.
    Yes, my weeks are slowly also becoming easier!
    Last night I did the Dinner for 9 (3 cancelled) for Pieter's club. A lot of preparation and also cleaning the home etc. I did serve them and Pieter helped me. After the program, some lady member gave in our living room, I finally ate my dinner. I was happy though as I kept up with the cleaning of the dishes. One load in the dishwasher was ready by the time everyone left.
    Now we still have to tackle the tax papers... HATE that and especially for my business. Hope that in a good year I no longer have to do that part!
    And on Thursday I have to spend the entire day as Jury Duty again; the final of 3 months and I got excused for February due to our special visit to Florida for dying lady, widow and other dear friend with problems.
    Looking forward to the end of April when my youngest brother, his wife and daughter will be there on Pieter's birthday. Very special and happy moment!

  15. Thank you for your comment Miyako ❤︎ Have a happy day today too!

  16. Howdy Miyako!
    Such a lovely Haiku and your very first time. Impressive. You are so blessed to have met up with a Haiku teacher. Have a happy day!

  17. Hello Miyako, your haiku are lovely poems. Thanks for sharing. The blossoms are beautiful. I also love the pretty Thrush! Have a happy day!

  18. Miyako, I really enjoyed your Haiku and your explanation. Your English translation is excellent! Thank you for linking up today and I hope to see you back next week. Have a great weekend!

  19. I love Haiku and enjoyed your translation. Beautiful thrush and the cherry blossoms are beautiful. Such a pretty Spring! Happy Friday!

  20. Thank you for sharing so much loveliness with us . .
    Visit you - leaves me wealthy.

  21. Hello, Miyako! I am stopping back to say thank you so much for linking up your sweet Thrushes. They are pretty birds. Lovely photos. Have a happy day and weekend!

  22. How nice that you could find a place to help you put these verses together. And the photos are such gorgeous creatures.

  23. The blossoms are gorgeous. And I have attempted to compose some Haiku myself and enjoyed the challenge...

    Beautiful birds my friend!!!

    For all of us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin', I thank you for sharing this post!!

  24. Such a delightful post! So interesting. I know this was fun.

  25. Hello Miyako! I just finished a very nice sunny day here and am happy to learn more about your culture and see all your wonderful photos. I have a friend who write poetry including haiku and tanka and has for years. They are beautiful and challenging to write I think...Michelle

  26. Lovely to know you are writing poetry night and the blossoms are so pretty

  27. I love poetry! The cherry tree is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. I hope you have a great week!