November 05, 2012

Japanese hanami and haiku - whats the connection?

Japanese hanami is a wonderful time for friends to catch up and eat, drink and sing under the blooming cherry trees in Japan. Many people like to write under the blossoms for example: Japanese Haiku as they are inspired by the beauty.


What is Japanese Haiku?


Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.


"Haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki
at the end of the 19th century."


Example:


Japanese form:


fu-ru-i-ke ya (5)
ka-wa-zu to-bi-ko-mu (7)
mi-zu no o-to (5)


Translated into English:


old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water’s sound




Source: Wikipedia














Title: Cherry-Blossoms: Japanese Haiku Series III - Translations of Poems by Basho, Buson, Issa, Shika and Others


Author: Peter Pauper, Jeff Hill (Illustrator)


Publisher: The Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, NY (1960)


Language: English


ASIN: B000JCYYKG


Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches


Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces







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