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LEARNING FROM THE AUTUMN MOON

When we think of the Fall — of Autumn — we think of colored leaves, falling leaves, and of the moon.  We look at the autumn moon for a few moments, and then we move on with our lives, unless … Continue reading

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TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON

Unlike most other kinds of verse, the hokku is linked with the season in which it is written.  In fact one can say truthfully that whatever the obvious subject of a hokku, the real subject is the season in which … Continue reading

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THROUGH THE BARLEY

Mokudō wrote a very simple yet very effective spring hokku: Harukaze ya   mugi no naka yuku   mizu no oto Spring wind ya barley ‘s center goes water ‘s sound I give the Japanese transliteration only to show how … Continue reading

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GROWING YANG IN ONITSURA

I have discussed this early spring hokku by Onitsura previously, but I would like to deepen what was already said a bit: Dawn;On the tip of the barley leaf,Spring frost. It is obvious that this is an early spring hokku … Continue reading

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SPRING BEGINS

It may seem odd to some readers that I have begun to write of Spring, but where I live that is what is happening. Spring begins with the very weakest of Yang energies that melt snow and ice and sprout … Continue reading

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THE LAST OF HOKKU HERE?

I have long made no secret of the fact that in my view, the hokku tradition of Japan was greatly distorted when it was introduced to the West as “haiku.”  Instead of paying attention to R. H. Blyth, Westerners instead … Continue reading

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MORE ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HOKKU

A reader has asked me to clarify a few points in this list (borrowed from R. H. Blyth) of the characteristics of hokku.  Though he asked about only three, perhaps it might be helpful to give some explanation of all, … Continue reading

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