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Stories for Sendai is a collection of 20 uplifting and inspirational short stories and poems about the strength of the human spirit. All proceeds from sales will be donated to charity in aid of victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.Take it away J.C.
Thank you, Rach, for hosting today’s leg of the blog tour!
Seeing as Stories for Sendai is a charity anthology dedicated to the brave people of Japan, I thought I’d write a post about one of the country’s most popular forms of literature: the haiku.
In its original form, the Japanese haiku, despite its apparent simplicity, has to contain several elements: apart from the syllabic content that we are familiar with, a Japanese haiku should also contain:
- A season word intrinsically associated with a certain season, that will immediately give the reader a sense of time and place.
- An ‘aha’ moment, when the haiku invokes a sudden and profound realisation in the reader.
- A sense of connectedness to nature. Haikus are naturalistic poems that connect the reader to the natural world. Any poems in the haiku form that does not refer to nature are called senryus.
- A sense of sabi, or solitude.
Now I’m no poet, but here’s a haiku I attempted:
Stories for Sendai,Do you write haikus? Feel free to share your favourites!
Only seven ninety-nine,
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Thanks for the intriguing info on haikus J.C. I didn't actually know any of that (beyond the syllable requirement)! Everyone, don't forget to buy your copy of Stories for Sendai to help support the people of Japan. And it would make a great gift as well!