Category Archives: Uncategorized

WINTER BEGINS

Winter begins; The last leaves fall Into the rushing river. Yes, according to the old Hokku Calendar, winter has begun.  Where I live, it is time for the first frosts to begin — though this November that has not happened … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

AUTUMN GUSTS

Autumn gusts; Leaves blow along with me As I walk. It is a very windy morning here on the day before Halloween. As you know, Halloween is the ending of autumn and the beginning of winter in the Hokku Calendar.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FOG AND FALLEN LEAVES: NEW HOKKU, OLD PATTERNS

This is from my morning walk: The autumn morning; Fog and fallen leaves And wild geese crying.    Perhaps you noticed (it would be good if you did) that this — in its pattern — is much like that of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

THE STATE OF JAPANESE HOKKU IN 1907

In 1907 an English-language article about the hokku appeared in — of all places — The Reformed Church Review, published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It was written by a Japanese — Professor J. K. Maeda — apparently a teacher at the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

WHEN YOU ARE WARNED, YOU MUST LISTEN

A line from the 1983 surreal Dutch movie  The 4th Man (De vierde man) has remained in my head over the years, and it comes to mind repeatedly now when I read or watch the daily news.  The line is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

AUTUMN SUNLIGHT

The autumn sun; The chill when it goes Behind a tree. The sunlight of the shortening autumn days is so weak that in a shadow, the air is cold.  In that, we feel the weakening of the Yang active energy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HOKKU MISCONCEPTIONS, HOKKU FACTS

  Anyone teaching hokku today is faced with the very pervasive and glaring misconceptions fostered by modern haiku enthusiasts about it over about the last half century.  Chief among them are these: 1.  The notion that Bashō, Taigi, Issa, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment