Haiku Poem – 祇園祭

(Jim Woodhull)
standing room only
moving together as one
a Kyoto smile

(Kiko Woodhull)
つじまわし あせ が とびちる きょう の なつ

My wife was born in Kyoto and also grew up there. In Kyoto there is the Gion festival which is held in July and is the hottest time of the year in Japan. I always wanted to go to that festival but I never was able to. I have seen many programs on TV about Kyoto and there is always a section about the Gion festival. My wife and I live in Hawaii and recently there was a program about the Gion festival on TV. I talked to my wife about the festival and she told me that she went many times when she was an elementary student. What she remembers the most was that it was very hot and that there were a lot of people! She also said that she had a very good time and that it was the first time in her life that she saw so many people in one place.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim & Kiko Woodhull
– Illustration by Norman Kelley
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
7月に祇園祭がありました 。その光景を詠みました。

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