Haiku is a style of Japanese poetry that has become popular all over the world. There are many innovations occurring in this field of Japanese culture as it modernizes and meets modern convenient technology.

Photo haiku


By MIZUNO Momoyo

俳句は17音だけで自然一場面にします。季語はその句の季節を表す大切な言葉です。 とはいえ、った17音で見たこと感じたことをうまく表現するのは本当に難しいものです。 もし、俳句といっしょに写真があったら、どうでしょう。


私が作った俳句を写真といっしょに3つご紹介します。(ただし、写真は自作ではありません。) みなさんも、写真といっしょにぜひ作ってみてください。

◆甲斐嶺(かいがね)を 仰(あお)ぎ菜花(なばな)は 豊(ゆた)かなり
Rape blossoms feel so satisfied, Looking up at a snow-capped Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji


甲斐嶺(かいがね):富士山(ふじさん)の古(ふる)い呼(よ)び方(かた) an old name for Mt. Fuji (lit. peak)
仰(あお)ぐ:見上(みあ)げる、尊敬(そんけい)する to look up to, respect
菜花(なばな):菜(な)の花(はな)、rape blossoms <春(はる)の季語(きご) a seasonal word>
豊(ゆた)か:満足(まんぞく)している様子(ようす)を表す古い言葉。 abundant
なり:~である to be or is

◆午後(ごご)の瀬(せ)に ゆるりとシジミ 太(ふと)りけり
In the shallows on a spring afternoon, The shellfish has grown large, Because it feels relaxed in the warmer waters

the warmer waters


瀬(せ):shallow, ford
ゆるりと:ゆっくりと、くつろいで(= feeling relaxed)
シジミ(蜆):freshwater shellfish <春(はる)の季語(きご)>

◆不機嫌(ふきげん)で 心(うら)探(さぐ)る恋(こい) 土手(どて)涼(すず)み
Pretending to be surly, She sounds out his heart, On the breezy bank

the breezy bank


不機嫌(ふきげん):surly, ill-tempered
探(さぐ)る:to sound, to feel out
 *涼(すず)む:to keep oneself cool

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私(わたし)が作(つく)った句(く)を写真(しゃしん)といっしょに3つご紹介(しょうかい)します。(ただし、写真(しゃしん)は自作(じさく)ではありません。) みなさんも、写真(しゃしん)といっしょにぜひ作(つく)ってみてください。

Haiku is where one scene of nature is depicted in a poem using just 17 syllables. Seasonal words are a very important part as they indicate the season within the poem. However, it is difficult to express what you see in only 17 syllables. But what if a haiku were paired with a photo, how about then ?

Now taking pictures by a camera phone or digital camera and sharing them on web sites along with a matching haiku is apparently popular. There are many types of 'photo haiku', from things written down during every day life, to those that aim to be new forms of modern art.

I will introduce 3 haiku that I wrote along with photographs. (The photos are not, however, my own work). Please try to write some 'photo haiku' of your own.



一場面(いちばめん):one scene

詩(し): poem

季語(きご):季節(きせつ)を表(あらわ)すために決(き)められた言葉(ことば) Season word


表現(ひょうげん)する:to express

投稿(とうこう)する:to contribute

日常(にちじょう):one’s daily life

サイト:web site

書き留める(かきとめる):to write down

現代(げんだい)アート:modern art

自作(じさく):(something)of one’s own work

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