Thank you to everyone who took part in the Hello Japan! mini-challenge last month. July's Hello Japan! task was to read, write, or otherwise appreciate, haiku. Quite a few of you were inspired to write your own haiku. Well done!
Magical Mystical Teacher wrote a lovely summer haiku.
Novroz of Novroz' Favorite Things shared some Japanese Death Poems.
dhitzunako of across dhitz universe created a beautiful "Haiku Buru-buru". Then dhitzunako also made some fun haiku riddles relating to Japanese drama, games, and so on. Do you know the answers?
sumit mentioned a different translation of the famous Basho haiku about the frog, the ancient pond, and "the sound of water":
ListenOn that note I found a site that lists 31 different translations of this particular haiku! Which one do you like the best?
a frog jumped into
an ancient pond
Travis of Over a Hedge came up with a haiku inspired by the 30 year anniversary of Terry Fox's attempted cross-country run
Tony of Tony's Reading List wrote a fun Murakami-inspired haiku.
Murakami bookBellezza of Dolce Bellezza shares a couple haiku inspired by 'the colors and flavors of summer'.
A cold winter morning. What?! -
Not another cat!
Teresa's submission to the July challenge is this haiku that she wrote:
On hot dusk-dark grassRebecca of Rebecca Reads also wrote a haiku tinged with sadness, a haiku to say goodbye, at least for a little while.
The blue heron startles back
Feathers dripping oil
It was inspired by a blue heron that I see on my walks in my neighborhood near Lake Pontchartrain (which is near the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, but not on it). Thankfully, 'my' heron and my area haven't been directly affected by the recent oil spill, but when I see 'my' heron and the birds around here, I think of the wildlife that has been harmed.
Litera of Litera-tour spent some time reading about Bashō and his poetry.
I posted a haiku by Bashō along with a photo I took a couple of years ago, as well as some cat haiku from a book called Catku: What is the Sound of One Cat Napping?.
The prize for July was this little book, The Sound of Water: Haiku by Bashō, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets. Everyone who submitted a post or comment, and was mentioned above, was eligible for the prize. And the winner, as decided by random.org, is Teresa. Congratulations!
Stay tuned, the new mini-challenge will be up soon.
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