Haiku Countdown Day One

My new Josie Clark in Japan murder mystery, The Haiku Murder, will be published in ten days time, on 13th October, so I’ve decided to do a haiku countdown. I’ll be posting ten classic haiku, one a day for the next ten days, featuring haiku by two of the greatest haiku masters, the seventeenth century poet Matsuo Basho and the nineteen century poet Masaoka Shiki.

Kicking us off today is this haiku from Shiki.

Castle on a hill
The setting sun’s last rays shine
On flowering rice

Hiroshige: Roof of Nagoya Castle © British Museum

Hiroshige: Roof of Nagoya Castle © British Museum

Reminder – a haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. In translating these haiku I’ve tried to preserve that structure.

The Haiku Murder – Tokyo-based expat Londoner Josie Clark’s haiku-wrting trip comes to an abrupt end when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama Castle. But was he pushed? Pre-order the ebook now on Amazon UK and Amazon USA. The paperback will be out on 13th October.

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