26 Fruits

Haiku time

I’ve been getting people to write haikus in workshops for decades now. But I’d never visited Japan. A haiku is a short Japanese form of poetry – three lines containing 17 syllables, 5 in the first and third lines, 7 in the second line. So when I visited Japan over the last two weeks it seemed the right time and place to write about my experience in the form of haikus. Here they are.

Mount Fuji


The mirror pond’s where

You reflect on Mount Fuji

And I thought of you.


Tokyo Temple

IMG_2698The tree’s messages

Of peace hang sheltered by leaves

On an autumn day.


Ryokan in Yudanaka

IMG_2745The breakfast tray brings

A taste for every feeling

A dish for each sense.


Shokawa Valley

IMG_2840Crossing the river

By bridge, sunlight casts shadows

Over stones and water.


Shiragawa-go (1)

IMG_2846Red and orange leaves:

Banners on the gasho house

Waiting for winter.


Shiragawa-go (2)

IMG_2853House shoes wait in line,

The next visitor never

Far from the next step.


Nagoya Bullet Train

IMG_2867Drivers change over:

White-gloved they salute and bow,

Carry off litter.


Heian Gardens, Kyoto

IMG_2878Sky and trees meet near

Water like a mirror here

Where paths are crossing.


Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

IMG_2915Zen stones point the way –

The golden pavilion –

To contemplate life.


Typhoon in Hiroshima

IMG_2957A hard rain still falls

Where the bomb left its shadow

As we wish for peace.




7 Responses

  1. Faye says:

    How tranquil and serene. Want to go myself.

  2. paul murphy says:

    Love the parting note from Hiroshima. I went once to Japan, to Kyushu Island, for work on my own. I was very disorientated and found the trip quite stressful-I would like to go back with a friend and have a better experience. Looks and sounds like you had a good one. I almost got to Nagasaki when I went but didn’t quite make it- I did get to the top of a volcano and sampled sakura nikku (cherry blossom meat/raw sliced horsemeat) washed down with a pint of Guinness though….


  3. Michelle says:

    Beautiful words and photos that bring back so many memories of my trips to Japan. We look to have shared some of the same footpaths there. Time to dig out my old blogs and notebooks I think.

  4. bigbrandjohn says:

    Typical motivational fare from ” Simo ”

    Love the use of haikus with your snaps. The purest form of writing and thinking.

  5. Tim Rich says:

    Beautiful contemplations.

  6. Gemma says:

    Blimey you made me write a haiku! And I enjoyed it. This is the haiku that came to me…..

    Cold paper. The words

    Shiver at their exposure.

    Read gently to warm.

  7. Monika says:

    I’ve been reading through them over the course of the week and went back to them once again just a moment ago. Amazing how they stand there unweathered, beaming with spirit!

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