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 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.

Sometimes passing clouds
Give people a chance to rest
From their moon-gazing

Miyagawa Shuntei, Moolight scene © British Museum

Miyagawa Shuntei, Moolight scene © 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.

Haiku Countdown Bonus

Hey, what happened to the haiku countdown? Well, I was counting down to the publication of my new Josie Clark in Japan mystery, The Haiku Murder, which came out yesterday, so the countdown’s finished. But so many of you liked it, I’ve decided to give you a bonus day today, and to introduce Haiku Thursdays, which will be just like the haiku countdown but on Thursdays. Simples!

Today’s Haiku is from Matsuo Basho. It’s possibly the best-loved haiku in the world, and it has a role to play in The Haiku Murder.

An old quiet pond
When a frog jumps into it
The splash of water

Hokusai - frog swimming above reeds © British Museum

Hokusai – frog swimming above reeds © 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? Ebook and paperback out now on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

Haiku Countdown Day Ten

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

Today’s haiku is from Basho.

Look at this path
Nobody walks along it
Dusk in autumn 

Hokusai: Eight Views of Ryukyu - Autumn sky at Choko

Hokusai: Eight Views of Ryukyu – Autumn sky at Choko © 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 – that’s tomorrow!

Haiku Countdown Day Seven

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

Today’s haiku is from Basho.

It’s just graffiti
But, my beloved, your name
Is written there too 

Hokusai - Poet Ono no Komachi with one of her poems © British Museum

Hokusai – Poet Ono no Komachi with one of her poems © 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.

Haiku Countdown Day Five

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

Today’s haiku is from Basho.

Myriad islands
Like a thousand shattered shards
In the summer sea

Hiroshige - Sanuki Kobodani no Hama © British Museum

Hiroshige – Sanuki Kobodani no Hama © 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.

Haiku Countdown Day Two

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

My second haiku is from Basho.

Turn your face to me
I am sad and lonely too
This autumn evening

Utamaro: Hanbei and Ochiyo © British Museum

Utamaro: Hanbei and Ochiyo © 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.