Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by Masaoka Shiki.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

It’s snowing outside
I can see it through a hole
In the paper screen

Admiring the Snow © British Museum The Haiku Murder – Tokyo-based expat Londoner Josie Clark’s haiku-writing trip comes to an abrupt end when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama Castle. But was he pushed? Ebook and paperback out now on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by Masaoka Shiki.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

An iris flower
A single bloom gleaming white
In the spring twilight

Maruyama Oshin - iris © British Museum

Maruyama Oshin – iris © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by Masaoka Shiki.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

The tree’s been cut down
And now the dawn breaks early
Through my small window

Hokusai, Snowy dawn at Koishikawa © British Museum

Hokusai, Snowy dawn at Koishikawa © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by Sakurai Baishitsu.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

Camellia falls
Bird sings. And then another
Camellia falls

Koyo, painting Bird and Camellia © British Museum

Koyo, painting Bird and Camellia © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by haiku master Matsuo Basho.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

In the end we’ll die
Never see beauty again
So sings the cricket

Shimomura Kanzan, Hanging scroll. Peonies, grasses and cicada. © British Museum

Shimomura Kanzan, Hanging scroll. Peonies, grasses and cicada. © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

My latest murder mystery revolves around haiku, so every week I’m publishing a classic Japanese haiku, illustrated with a woodblock print or painting from the British Museum collection. Today’s poem is by haiku master Matsuo Basho.

A haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. I’ve kept to that in the translations.

How quiet it is
The rocks absorb all the sound
Of buzzing crickets

Shibata Zeshin, Ears of rice and cricket © British Museum

Shibata Zeshin, Ears of rice and cricket © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is by Matsuo Basho.

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.

On a leafless branch
A crow perches, unmoving
Dark autumn twilight

Okamoto Toyohiko; Crow on a persimmon branch © British Museum

Okamoto Toyohiko; Crow on a persimmon branch © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is by Hojo Dansui.

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 scarecrow does not
Doff his rain hat, not even
For the emperor

Hiroshige, Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido © British Museum

Hiroshige, Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is by Yamaguchi Sodo.

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.

In my house this spring
There is nothing – which means that
There is everything!

Hiroshige, Lady seated on veranda of house © British Museum

Hiroshige, Lady seated on veranda of house © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder

Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is by Nishiyama Soin.

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.

When the cuckoo calls
Even you, fiercest of gods,
Stop and listen well!

Hokusai - Cuckoo and Azalea © British Museum

Hokusai – Cuckoo and Azalea © British Museum

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

The Haiku Murder