2018 First Haiku Meeting: January 20
Moderator: Crystal Brunelli

not fake
gFire and Freezeh
--Arctic Oscillation
Yasuomi Koganei

falling snow--
monkeys in a spa nonchalant
about noisy tourists
Yasuomi Koganei

winter solstice brings
more light less warmth
cold sun
Stephen M. Block (USA)

extreme cold
arctic air escaping
our exits barred
Stephen M. Block (USA)

last sunbeams
this year... lingering
in a high cloud
Tomislav Maretic (Croatia)

new year's eve--
bangs resound across
the starry sky
Tomislav Maretic (Croatia)

year 2018
"faithful" is the password
year of the dog
Royal T. Fruehling, Hawai'i (USA)

camellia in the winter
looking for nectar
a white-eye
Osami Kawasaki

a mild winter--
morning sun light
white Mt. Fuji
Osami Kawasaki

New Year card
news of a friend's death
sasanqua drops
Takeo Hanaoka

pet dog
marching on
fully dressed
Takeo Hanaoka

veloce corre
s'imbiancano i capelli
mentre nevica
Anna Mencarelli (Italy)

he's running fast
his hair is whitening
while it's snowing
Anna Mencarelli (Italy)

spalando neve
ora di ginnastica
senza palestra
Anna Mencarelli (Italy)

shoveling snow
gym time
whiteout fitness center
Anna Mencarelli (Italy)

the lime tree's top
light yellow leaves on stalks
sky with clouds
Hanne Hansen (Denmark)

longue nuit dfhiver
jusqufà demain après-midi
ai-je ou non un cancer ?
Janick Belleau (Canada)

long winter night
until tomorrow afternoon
do I have cancer, or not?
Janick Belleau (Canada)

on winter silence
she paints music
the pianist
Mineko Takahashi

an empty soul
full of nothing
but warm regrets
Mineko Takahashi

brilliant blue skies
for the short span of daylight
in the new year
Crystal Brunelli

between fluffy clouds
brilliant sunlight
I embrace the glow
Maki Hatanaka

vivid winter rouge
start walking
staccato
Maki Hatanaka

winter galaxy
flowing over Arizona desert
into cactus arms
Yuzu Sugita

New Yearfs gift
gJust for you, Mewh
lizard tail on my foot
Yuzu Sugita

sensors lit
a weasel at the gate
calling in the night
Sachiko Kondo

my Kyoto dialect
tickling my granddaughter
New Year greetings
Sachiko Kondo

solitary nights
musing on sounds of frost
village in the ravine
Sachiko Kondo

shared smile
between strangers
first view of Fuji
Michiko Murai

the New Yearfs sun shines
on Ema, prayer plaques
some misspelled
Michiko Murai

frosty night
late motherfs haiku
warm me
Ikken Ikemoto

New Year aspiration
one laugh
a day
Ikken Ikemoto

welcome
to my fruit parlour,
winter birds!
Midori Tanaka

awaken
in fetal position
morning freeze
Midori Tanaka

his departure
left some feelings
the Milky Way in winter
Motoko Satoh

new camellia bud
comfort in pink
a garden lamp
Motoko Satoh

resting on the sunny bench
an old couple and a cat,
neighborhood shrine
Masako Omaki

the river provides
wide sky
for city residents
Masako Omaki

New Year cards
telling their future dreams
in the greetings
Hideo Ebihara

old pairs patting
heads of Jizosan by the path
--New Year Days
Hideo Ebihara

dust cloth
hard, twisted
in the lingering cold
Michi Umeda

four consecutive wins
in the New Year marathon
Mount Fuji supreme
Michi Umeda

quick-walking passers-by
sound cars, ambulances, even fire engines
year-end Shibuya streets
Kiyoshi Sugita

New Yearfs cards
received as the log
of my lifefs journey
Kiyoshi Sugita

New Yearfs morning sky--
unable to accept anyone else
would touch it
Juichi Masuda

good enough
only blessing given to me now
New Yearfs gKuri Kintonh
Juichi Masuda

three consecutive holidays
the first three days of the year
what day is it today?
Takashi Ikari

ready for the long queue
waiting to offer prayers
first day of the year
Takashi Ikari

let us admire
the symbol
in the reign after Heisei, too
Masaaki Oka

snow-capped Fuji
no pupil in the playground nearby
blue sky far away
Masaaki Oka

assisting children
with long rope jumping
in the winter air
Keiko Toya


Next meeting:

February 17, 13:30 to 17:00 No.3, 7th floor, Meguro Kumin Center (Meguro citizen center )

March 10, 13:30 to 17:00 No.3, 7th floor, Meguro Kumin Center (Meguro citizen center )

April 14, 13:30 to 17:00 No.3, 7th floor, Meguro Kumin Center (Meguro citizen center )


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2019 Sakura Haiku Festival Program (tentative and subject to change): rev.1

Theme: Pilgrimage to Haiku Holy Places (Issa, Santoka, and Hakyo) in Falling Cherry Petals

1. April 1 (Mon)
9:00-9:20: check in (Meguro International Friendship Association (MIFA))
9:20-11:15: presentations at the room in MIFA
11:15-14:45: lunch & flower viewing on Meguro River Side Promenades
14:45-17:00: presentations at the room in MIFA
17:00-: night flower viewing on the Promenades
2. April 2 (Tue)
10:00: gathering outside of the West Gate of JR Nippori Station
10:10-10:40: Hongyoji temple (Issa & Santoka)
10:40-17:50: Yanaka haiku walk and flower viewing at Ueno Park
18:00: gathering in front of the Stage Door of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (TBK)
18:00-21:00: haiku meeting at a meeting room in TBK & night flower viewing at Ueno Park
3. April 3 (Wed)
10:00: gathering outside of the Central Gate of JR Sendagaya Station
10:07-13:30: Haiku walk in Shinjukugyoen--- go to Shinjukusanchome Station (13.45) ? (Fukutoshin line (subway)) -- (13:46) Meijijingu-mae Station
14:00: gathering at Torii-Gate --- haiku walk in Meijijingu Shrine (note: Shrinefs gate will be closed at 17:50)
4. April 4 (Thu)
9:30: gathering at No. 6 Bus Stop near West Gate of JR Kichijoji Station for Jindaiji Temple (9:45) -- (10:15) Jindaiji Temple
10:30-16:15: haiku walk in Jindaiji Temple & Jindai Botanical Garden
16:15: gathering at Jindaishokubutsuen-mae Bus Stop for Mitaka (16:22) -------- (16:47) Mitaka Station
5. April 5 (Fri)
14:55: gathering at MIFA
15:00-17:00: presentations at MIFA
6. April 6 (Sat)
13:30-17:00: English Haiku Workshop at Meguro Citizensf Center (Room: TBD)
18:00 -20:00: Izakaya party (TBD)

Note 1: Entrance Fee: Shinjukugyoen-Garden: \200, and Jindai-Botanical Garden: \500 (over 65years: \250) for your own
Note 2: For transportation, PASMO (http://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/) is very convenient.
Note 3. Izakaya party: approx. \2000 ~ \3000 for your own
MIFA Information Map: http://www.mifa.jp/mifa2/map2/mifamap-e.htm
Ueno Park: https://en.japantravel.com/tokyo/cherry-blossoms-at-ueno-park/10139
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan: http://www.t-bunka.jp/en/
Shinjukugyoen: https://picspo.jp/sakura/ShinjukuGyoen.php?lang=en
Meijijingu Shrine: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/
Jindaiji Temple: http://www.jindaiji.or.jp/

For more information, please contact Yasuomi Koganei: yix04102@nifty.com

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Haiku from the meeting in 2018

Haiku from the meeting in 2017

Haiku from the meeting in 2016

Haiku from the meetings in 2015

Haiku from the meetings in 2014

Haiku from the meetings in 2013


Haiku from the meetings in 2012

Haiku from the meetings in 2011


Essay: Four-dimensional haiku by Yasuomi Koganei

To Web Site of France Haiku Association

To Web Site of Edinburgh Haiku Circle

To Web Site of Yasuhiko Shirota

To Web Site of Simone K. Busch

To Web Site of Carmen Sterba

To Web Site of Janick Belleau


Beginners are welcome.

Fee: \1000/meeting (student: free)

Meguro International Haiku Circle is a group member of MIFA, to MIFA click here.