Haiku Poem – 納豆

beans cling
cobweb sticky sauce
first natto

(Ben version)
まめ の むれ ねばい くも の す なっとう や

(Michiko version)
はじめて の なっとう ごはん いと を ひく

When I went to see airplanes in Oklahoma recently, I stopped at an Asian grocery store. The store was in Kansas City, which was on the way home. That is when I decided to buy natto. I brought the natto home and tried it for the first time. I was a little worried because I heard that natto was fermented soybeans. I thought it would smell bad and taste funny. Many people say that you love it or hate it. I had a Japanese friend give me directions for how to eat it. First, I mixed the natto. Then, I put it on top of a bowl of rice. After that, I added the sauce packets that came with the natto. Although the natto was very sticky, I thought the taste was good. I think I like natto.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Ben Clark
– Japanese by Ben Clark and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Ben
Des Moines, Iowa アイオワ州デモイン市
ベン クラークさんは、1回目は納豆ご飯を食べました。
(編集長 美智子)

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