Archives for the day Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Haiku in Japan

 “Fu-ru-i-ke ya, ka-wa-zu to-bi-ko-mu, mi-zu no o-to”.

 Have you heard of this short Japanese poem “Haiku”?

 This famous Haiku was written by Basho Matsuo during the Edo period (1600-1868) in Japan.

 Here are some of the words with its meaning in Japanese,and how this Haiku is translated into English.

 Fu-ru-i-ke; old pond

 Ka-wa-zu; frog in old Japanese.A frog in modern Japanese is called “ka-e-ru”.

 To-bi-ko-mu; jumps in

 Mi-zu; water

 Sound; o-to

 Translation: Old pond, a frog jumps into, sound of water

 As you may notice by counting the syllables, Japanese Haiku is composed of 17 syllables (5-7-5 syllables), and often times, it is about nature.

 To compose the Haiku, you must include Ki-go,which is the word that express season.

 Look at the Haiku above and can you see what word is the Kigo (the word express season)?

 It is a “frog” that express season;spring.

 Also, when you read the Haiku, you will find the Kireji word (cutting word),which breaks up the flow of poem.

 In Basho’s Haiku, letter written in red are Kireji (cutting word).

 Background story of this famous Haiku by Basho Matsuo is that, one day, a frog jumped into old pond at his hermitage. It was very quiet.Quiet enough for him to be able to  hear the slight sound of water when a frog jump into the old pond.

 I came across youtube video about Haiku. I found it interesting and it explains well what Haiku is and I thought I would share it with you.


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Have fun making English Haiku..

** Find a word that express season (ki-go)

** Tell the moment in 3 line short poem

 Writing Haiku will lets you explore unlimited creativity in writing with so few words to express the moment and,it is fun project for everybody.

 Make English Haiku and,post your Haiku in the comment section.

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