August 16, 2015

Japanese haiku poetry and hanami, what is the connection?

Japanese cherry blossom copyright 2007

Picture: Japanese cherry blossom

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."


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


Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces

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