Monday, August 02, 2010

Hello Japan! mini-challenge: July Haiku round-up

Hello Japan!

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":
a frog jumped into
an ancient pond
On that note I found a site that lists 31 different translations of this particular haiku! Which one do you like the best?

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 book
A cold winter morning. What?! -
Not another cat!
Bellezza of Dolce Bellezza shares a couple haiku inspired by 'the colors and flavors of summer'.

Teresa's submission to the July challenge is this haiku that she wrote:
On hot dusk-dark grass
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.
Rebecca of Rebecca Reads also wrote a haiku tinged with sadness, a haiku to say goodbye, at least for a little while.

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 Sound of Water

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, is Teresa. Congratulations!

Stay tuned, the new mini-challenge will be up soon.


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  1. Wow! Thank you! I so look forward to receiving this beautiful book! And I enjoyed reading everyone's entries.

  2. Congratulation Teresa :)

    I don't know much about Haiku but it was a great month and nice reading too

  3. Congrats to Teresa!

    And I'd better warn (reassure?) Tony that he'll have to wait a while for the first cat to appear in 1Q84 ;)


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