Haiku Poem – 江ノ島巡り

coffee raises spirits
tea found journey peaks
beer rewards finish

(Ben version)
しまめぐり のんであるいて よくついた

(Michiko version)
のぼりおり のど を うるおし しまあるき

This day began with a trip to Enoshima. This was my third time to Enoshima so I knew that this small island had a big hill with a temple on top. This time, we began our tour of the island by going to a coffee shop at the base of the hill. We drank iced coffees and talked about studying Japanese. This lifted our spirits and prepared us for climbing the hill. Then, we took a path which wound around the side of the hill. This path took us to the ocean. The ocean reminded us of Hawaii. As we climbed further toward the temple, we got thirsty again. We tried to purchase bottles of green tea but the vending machine ate our money! Fortunately, we found a way to get the tea from a local shop for no additional charge. Thanks to the kindness of the local shop owner, the refreshing tea helped us to reach the peak of our journey both physically and emotionally. After we made our way back down, we stopped at Kua Aina restaurant to eat Hawaiian burgers. The cool, crisp beer that was served with the meal was a well deserved reward.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Ben Clark
– Japanese by Ben Clark and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Nakamura

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