Haiku: The Heart of Japan in 17 Syllables




"Waiting for spring sunlight locked inside the kaleidoscope"
Madoka Mayuzumi.


A Haiku is the world's shortest poem, consisting of just 17 syllables. Despite its succinct form, it contains the essence of Japanese people's aesthetics, view of nature, philosophy, thought, and sentiments. For the New Year's edition, Madoka Mayuzumi, a renowned Japanese Haiku poet, has specially contributed this Haiku for winter.

From April 2010 to March 2011, Ms Mayuzumi is visiting France as a Japanese Cultural Envoy on a programme sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Since receiving a promotional award for the 40th Kadokawa Haiku Prize in 1994, she has contributed greatly to the revival of the popularity of the Haiku. With her use of traditionally 'taboo' subjects in the haiku world, such as love and cities, as well as her inclusion of foreign words, her work has been received with great acclaim.



Image: Katsutoshi OKADA