2/26/15 Today’s Haiku (February 26, 2015) posted
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I am happy to announce I uploaded 2000th haiku. I hope this site helps you peak contemporary Japanese. I will not say my translation is always perfect, but my policy is ‘keep going’!
In January 2009, I started translating tanka from “Gendai Tanka no Kansho 101” (Apreciation of Modern Tanka 101), an anthology written and edited by Ken Kodaka. It took longer than I thought, but I am happy to announce that the mission was completed at last!
Since I do not write tanka and some poets use classic Japanese, I found tanka translation more difficult than haiku translation. From now on (at least for a while), this blog will concentrate on haiku.
I appreciate your support and encouragement in the past 3 years!
November 30, 2011, San Francisco
fukushoku wa shimasu ga haru no yume desu ga
I’ll return to work…
but it’s just
a spring dream…
from “Shûkan Haiku” (“Haiku Weekly”) #393 11/2/2014 Issue, http://weekly-haiku.blogspot.com
dentô no sabi furisosogu haru no yami
rust of an electric light
from “Shûkan Haiku” (“Haiku Weekly”) #398, 12/7/2014 Issue, http://weekly-haiku.blogspot.com
manyô no imo no gotoku ni kusa o tsumu
like a woman
in the Manyo era
I pick up grasses
from “Ganymede”, Vol. 62, December 1, 2014 issue, Dorinsha, Tokyo, Japan
shundei no warabe no katachi kakiidaku
in a shape of a small child
I hug it to my chest
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) , August 2012 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
furusato wa ima mo nemutashi mizu nurumu
is still sleepy
from “Haiku Shiki” (“Haiku Four Seasons,” a monthly haiku magazine) , February 2012 Issue, Tokyo Shiki Shuppan, Tokyo
haruzora ni warutsu kyakusen setsugan su
waltz in the spring sky
a cruise ship
reaches the shore
from ‘Haiku,’ a monthly haiku magazine, June 2010 Issue, Kabushiki Kaisha Kadokawa, Tokyo