Haiku Poem – 甲府の鐘

clock strikes nine
Kofu bell rings midnight
Happy New Year

(Ben version)
おおみそか くじ かね たたく おしょうがつ

(Michiko version)
デモイン と こうふ を つなぐ じょや の かね

When the sister city relationship was established between Des Moines and Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture gave a Japanese style bell as a gift to the State of Iowa. Every year, the bell is rung at exactly 9am on New Year’s Eve in Des Moines since that is when New Year’s Day begins in Kofu. The bell is struck 108 times in accordance with Buddhism. The Japan America Society of Iowa is responsible for the event. Every person that attends rings the bell at least one time. Sometimes the children get to ring the bell several times. The bell is next to the Iowa Supreme Court building and across the street from the Capitol.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Ben Clark
– Japanese by Ben Clark and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Ben
Des Moines, Iowa

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