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

Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. Today’s photo is of this year’s early cherry blossom in Victoria Embankment Gardens in London.

cherry blossomIf you’re making plans for cherry blossom viewing, my London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five is packed with information on the best cherry blossom viewing spots in London. I’ll be updating it regularly during the 2015 season.

Plus you might like to try my East-West fusion murder mystery The Cherry Blossom Murder. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
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The Cherry Blossom 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

Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. Today’s photo is a  bit special – it’s the first picture I’ve posted of 2015 cherry blossom. It’s early and delicate but a sign of things to come.

Priory Park cherry blossomIf you’re making plans for cherry blossom viewing, my London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five is packed with information on the best cherry blossom viewing spots in London. I’ll be updating it regularly during the 2015 season.

Plus you might like to try my East-West fusion murder mystery The Cherry Blossom Murder. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
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The Cherry Blossom 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

Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. Today’s photo has a special significance – it’s a picture from last year of the cherry blossom avenue on Chester Road in Regent’s Park, which is being cut down today.

Chester Road cherry blossomThey’re going because they’re old and diseased – there’ll be new trees planted for next year. For more information and photos, see this post on my blog, Sequins and Cherry Blossom.

If you’re making plans for cherry blossom viewing, my London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five is packed with information on the best cherry blossom viewing spots in London. I’ll be updating it regularly during the 2015 season.

Plus you might like to try my East-West fusion murder mystery The Cherry Blossom Murder. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
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The Cherry Blossom 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

Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. I took today’s picture in Kew Gardens in April 2013.

cherry blossom If you’re making plans for cherry blossom viewing, my London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five is packed with information on the best cherry blossom viewing spots in London. I’ll be updating it regularly during the 2015 season.

Plus you might like to try my East-West fusion murder mystery The Cherry Blossom Murder. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
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The Cherry Blossom 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

Cherry Blossom Monday

Every Monday I post a photo of cherry blossom, taken in Japan or London. I took today’s picture in Regent’s Park in April 2014. It shows Chester Gate in the background.

Regent's Park cherry blossomIf you’re making plans for cherry blossom viewing, my London Parks Cherry Blossom Top Five is packed with information on the best cherry blossom viewing spots in London. I’ll be updating it regularly during the 2015 season.

Plus you might like to try my East-West fusion murder mystery The Cherry Blossom Murder. Discovering a body under the cherry blossom sets expat Londoner Josie Clark on a trail that takes her backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue as she fights to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.
UK Kindle | UK paperback | USA Kindle | USA paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

The Cherry Blossom Murder