Haiku Poem – 寛ぎの公園

local joggers
forget their troubles
happy sunset time

(Jim version)
アラモアナ おもい おもい に あそぶ ばしょ

(Michiko version)
あさゆう の くつろぎ の ばしょ アラモアナ

I have written before about Ala Moana Park. In the middle of the busy Waikiki there is the very large and spacious Ala Moana Park. There are so many uses in this park. Different events are held there along with everyday events such as picnics, parties, people exercising or simply going for a walk. Also, families getting together and even people walking their dogs. Even though it is in Waikiki, I would say that the majority of the people using it on a day by day basis are actually local people. Many local people can be seen every day in the morning going for their morning walk or swim and the same goes in the evening. There are some areas where the majority of the people are local because the tourists usually go to the beach or maybe jog around the park. I don’t believe they are familiar with everything the park has to offer.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
地元の人が寛いでいます。(編集長 美智子)

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We met Sam-san at Fujisawa station and we talked while walking. At Shirahata Shrine, a new statue of Yoshitsune and Benkei was built.
Fujisawa, Fujisawa-city

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Collaborative Haiku Poem – 落ち葉と小鳥

falling leaves
invite little birds
join and dance

(Yoko version)
らくよう に さそわれ とび まう ことり かな

little birds
dancing with shower leaves
stage in Autumn

(Michiko version)
かれは とぶ そら の ぶたい に ことり まう

When temperature goes down below the freezing point, it signals falling leaves, and outdoor color changes from summer green to autumn gold. Little birds fly in and out of the shower of falling leaves and become part of the autumn scene.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Yoko Kelley and Nakamura Michiko
– Illustration by Norman Kelley
Omaha, Nebraska
ヨーコ&ノーマン ケリー

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Haiku Poem – 能

first Noh
actors art unmask
now know

(Ben version)
のうがく や ぶたい かがやく アイオア で

(Michiko version)
アメリカ で はつ かんしょう の のう ぶたい

On a Saturday in Iowa, I went to Des Moines Grandview university to see a Noh performance for the first time. The actors traveled from New York to perform. I was surprised that all of the actors were Americans. They spoke in both Japanese and English. The performance included singing, dancing, instruments and costumes. The actors explained the different parts of Noh so that we would understand its traditions. For example, they explained that there are only four main instruments, three drums and one flute. Also, the actors sang three times in Japanese but one time in English to help us to understand what the songs really sound like. The most important part of the costume was the mask. Only at the very end of the performance did the actors put all the skills together and wear the masks. I learned a lot and can now appreciate this art form.

 アイオワでの土曜日、私は、能を見る為に、デモイン グランドビュー大学に行きました。能を見るのは初めてでした。四人の演者が、この公演の為にニューヨークからやって来ました。私は、演者全員が、アメリカ人だったので驚きました。彼らは、日本語と英語の両方で話しました。能のパフォーマンスには、歌、ダンス、楽器、衣装が含まれます。演者は、能の伝統を理解できるように、能のさまざまな部分を説明してくれました。例えば、四つの主要な楽器だけで、つまり、三つの太鼓と一つの笛だけで演奏すると説明してくれました。また、演者は、日本語で三回、英語で一回うたい、本当の謡曲が、どのように聞こえるかを理解できるようにしてくれました。衣装の最も重要な部分は、能面です。演者は、様々なパフォーマンスの最後になって初めて能面を付け、力を尽くして舞いました。私は多くのことを学び、この芸術形式を理解することができました。

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 クラークさんは日本の伝統芸能である能を見ました。
そして、この俳句ポエムを作りました。(編集長 美智子)

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Haiku Poem – カレー作り

hot skillet waits
vegetables and meat play
30 minute curry

flames below water
combine land and produce
delicious mud

(Scott version)
にく とける こんさい るい の カレー なべ

(Michiko version)
できあがり スペシャル カレー は さん じゅっ ぷん

One of the easiest meals to prepare is curry. All you need is 15 minutes, curry mix, and water. However, if you want to spice it up, you can add extras. I like to make curry with chicken or pork, potatoes, onion, garlic, and a Thai pepper. First I evenly cut the meat and vegetables. Then add them to skillet and cook until the potatoes are half way done. After that I had water and stir in curry mix. Once it comes to a boil, I cook it on low heat for another 15 minutes or so. Until the potatoes are soft. After the curry cools a little I eat it with rice and top it with cheese. All and all it takes about 30 minutes to make my curry.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Scott Gardner
– Japanese by Scott Gardner and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Scott
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
これはスコット ガードナーさんが作ったカレーライスです。
(編集長 美智子)

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We were invited and went to TSUZUKI Seiko-san’s solo art exhibition in Tokyo. Her works of art are delicate at first glance but have full of vitality with beauty!
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

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We were invited by Kishore-san for a festival of India in Yokohama. We ate traditional Indian food and watched dancing. It was fun.

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