Traffic jam again

Traffic jam again

To see cherry trees in bloom

Driving round and round

About AshiAkira

AshiAkira. Author of Haiku Poems and Haiku Poems II(www.lulu.com/shop/ashi-akira/haiku-poems/paperback/product-23152158.html). Old resident of Tokyo.
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7 Responses to Traffic jam again

  1. Ompong says:

    in Manila still!
    traffic jams are but normal,
    anger and headaches

    • AshiAkira says:

      So are in many other cities in the world.
      What we need are peace and political stability
      under which people can concentrate
      on works that will better their own lives.

  2. lgcorey says:

    Although I neither read nor understand the language, I totally agree that true Haiku cannot be written except in Japanese by Japanese poets. The so-called “modern haiku” by Westerners is an insult to a great art form and tradition.

  3. lgcorey says:

    p.s. I know this when I read translations of Basho, for example, and yourself as well. Even in English, these Japanese haiku convey their unique spiritual and cultural superiority to anything written by Western imitators.

    • AshiAkira says:

      I am awfully glad you notice something about haiku. Yes, haiku is an art unique to the Japanese culture because it is a production of the common people in their spiritual fight against the feudal rule that lasted hundreds of years. It had to be a spiritual fight because armed uprising against the ruler was out of question. Sad to say that such spirit has long been forgotten, and I would say few Japanese haiku writers are now left anymore. I might disagree with you, but I notice some people outside Japan have begun noticing the true value of haiku as an art nowadays. I notice this in some kind comments for my haiku poems from westerners, including you (though you may not be exactly a westerner.  ).

  4. lgcorey says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful response. And you honor me by saying that I “might not be exactly a Westerner.” I can’t think of a greater compliment, . 🙂

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