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Aki no Ku
(Haiku of Autumn)
|Aki is here.
Aki means Autumn.
The Chinese character above right is Aki.
It has two parts. The left part means "crop". The right part is "fire".
Aki ( Chinese pronunciation is "Shu") had originally three parts (right).
The lost part was "bug".
To burn the bad bugs on the crop was important for the next good harvest.
Aki also means "harvest".
Isn't it fun to look at a Chinese character very carefully and imagine what was the original meaning?
It is also very important to understand the original meaning of a Chinese character which is used in a very short poem "Haiku".
The Haiku poets select a letter among some letters of the same meaning, because the letter itself inspires and expands an image, and also puts some fragrance to the poem. The sound also is very important. Listening to a Haiku should please your ears.
Here are some Aki no Ku (Autumn Haikus) which I found in a very beautiful book "Haiku The poetic key to Japan", published on July 17, 2003, by P. I .E. Books in Tokyo.
The author is Mutsuo Takahashi, a world renowned poet, and he is a good friend of ours for almost 20 years, and English translation is by the famous Mr. Lee Gurga, an extinguished American Haiku poet. The book has many fantastic photos by Hakudo Inoue, also an old friend of ours. You can buy the book and see those photos, please. I will not harm Hakudo's beauty of the photography by scanning them with my poor skill.
So the photos are the ones I collected from here and there.
I hope you will enjoy the invitation to Haiku World.
How do you like Haiku?
I know it is very popular all over the world. It is easy, I guess, to start Haiku, but it is very difficult to be a good Haiku Poet. I sometimes make Haikus, but I will never let you see them. They are in my secret notebook.
So, good-bye, my Haiku friends.
PS Please send your Haiku by e-mail. I will add them on this page.
Here is a Haiku, sent to me by e-mail on November 3, 2003. Thank you, Dave-san.