ryukyuan min’yo

Okinawa folk music featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.


japanese lovebirds

sing knotting verse to sanshin

— outdoor living room


Note: These are sometimes called “knotting” or “tying” songs and accompanied by a stringed “sanshin” (or two).

tarashikomi style

Tweetspeak poets at the MET Japanese art exhibit…


gold fold-screen panel

graceful brushstrokes of mottled ink

lone tree jags bare sky

artful monk desires fuyu—

persimmon,  red-orange ripe


*note: persimmon’s Latin name means “food of the gods”



by Sakai Hoitsu, 1816

peace in the pacific


protestant graveyard

japanese on hawaii

tombstone kanji marks

those who died before the war

given christian burial



photo taken at cemetery of Koolau Huiia Protestant Church, Kauai, HI

japanese spring (II)

Akebia Blossom

Akebia blooms – CDHK

akebia blooms

lavender shade’s wild desire

scent of chocolate

japanese spring (I)

Andromeda Flowers

Andromeda flower – CDHK


andromeda suite

flowers cascade, stars twinkle

galactic music

o-zooni, oh mochi

husband boils water

japanese vegetable soup

toasted rice cake floats

secret recipe

kale, cabbage, chrysanthemum

mystery supper

what’s in your zooni ?



Zooni is a traditional new year’s soup often served with mochi (rice cake).

Recipes vary by region (and taste).

Haiku linked to Carpe Diem…

eye of the pheasant

This beautiful bloom is Pheasant’s eye, fukujusō, or New Year’s Day Plant. It grows in many mountainous areas of Japan. It begins to show new leaves in February or March and flowers with small bright yellow blossoms of 10 to 20 petals with a strong glow. Since the flowering time fell in the New Year season according to the lunar calendar, it was used as a decoration for the New Year, and so… some farmers grow it especially to flower for the First of January…The name actually means : Plant of good fortune and long life, “prosperity grass” or “longevity grass”. (information from CDHK, see link below)


japanese new year

fukujusoo wishes you

good fortune, long life


Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today…Happy New Year!