And a new opportunity for English-speaking tanka poets
As most tanka writers would be aware “Hyakunin Isshu is an anthology of one hundred Japanese waka poems composed between the 7th and 13th centuries. The anthology was later adapted into a card game deck and played a significant role in familiarising Japanese people, both young and old, with classic literature.” It still does.
Although the anthology has been translated into English in book form by various people, until very recently the card game deck had not. In September 2019, the Japan Foundation (JPF), in Sydney promoted the game’s first English translation and offered the opportunity to play it in their premises at Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Sydney.
We chose the Joseph Banks Native Plant Reserve at Kareela to hold our 2019 Spring Ginko after our pleasant experience there last Spring and it didn’t disappoint. It was a sparkling blue sky day with the native flora looking its best and exhibiting its adaptability to adjust to climatic changes. Beds of pink and white paper daisies and clumps of kangaroo paws in various colours greeted us at the car park.
In true old fashioned picnic style, our crowd of three began with a ‘cuppa’ from the thermos and some Baker’s Delight treats at a nearby picnic table suitably sited under the shade of the large eucalypts. To the sound of bird song and the sight of a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets dining on Gymea Lily we caught up on the various activities that have kept us busy since we last met. As the sunlight started to break through the shade we decided to relocate. As always a stroll through the natural environment created a calmness and presence in preparation to work through our recently created haiku. The melodious notes in the background provided by a Butcher Bird added to the ambience. Continue reading “Illawong Haiku Group Spring 2019 Ginko”
Thank you all who participated from near and far around the globe in the Australian Haiku Society Spring Equinox Haiku String. The theme of Discovery was a challenging one but once again the event has been quite popular, a bit of fun and produced a few gems. If you would like to revisit the String it can be accessed here.
The Haiku Foundation September Per Diem
The Haiku Foundation Per Diem for the month of September on the theme of Day Moon was selected by Madhuri Pillai. Introducing her chosen theme she writes:
“Since the beginning of time, the moon has always enamoured us with her luminous splendour, her tranquil visage as she serenely shimmers across the sky.
Yet in our busy daily schedule often we are unaware of her presence in the sky, either shyly dodging the clouds or brazenly challenging the sun, always unobtrusive.
I hope you will enjoy the collection of poems by poets who were inspired by the day moon.”