Haiku Poem – 水無川

leaving Tokyo
gracefully winding river
Hadano calls me

flowers gently fall
cicadas screech and scream
thick blankets of heat

(Jim version)
はだのよぶ どてのみどり に せみのこえ

(Kiko version)
かぜそよぐ われをまねくは はだのじ へ

(Kiko version)
せみしぐれ はなまうかわも かすみかな

Even though I really liked living in Tokyo, at times the city could be somewhat cold and since there were so many big buildings and all the traffic and people. It was hard to tell the seasonal changes except for the temperature change. Leaving the very robust and exciting Shinjuku station, I only needed about a ninety minute train ride and I was in Hadano. Leaving the station I was immediately welcomed by a nice quiet river, much smaller and simpler buildings set farther apart. With summer coming one could see the flower petals on the banks of the river and the air was filled with the cries of the cicadas and the heat of the summer had settled like a blanket over the town. I will always remember that scene of leaving the station.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull & Kiko Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Toshiyo Watanabe

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