Picture: Japanese cherry blosssom
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."
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
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)
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