Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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deflated ball--in the schoolyard the sound of rain

--Capota Daniela Lacramioara (Galati, Romania)

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hand in hand

we jump the flooded Derwent

nursery day

--Lee Nash (Poitou-Charentes, France)

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Before long

the dark river tinged

with green

--Yutaka Kitajima (Joetsu, Niigata)

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boxes fill

with rain

--Helen Buckingham (Bristol, U.K.)

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non-stop rain--

pink rose carries

the heaviest load

--Anthony Q. Rabang (Philippines)

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petals rain

from a blossom sky

her first steps

--Marilyn Ashbaugh (Edwardsburg, Michigan)

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soundlessly . ..

raindrops draw


--Lilia Racheva (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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fifty shades

of green

--Valentina Ranaldi-Adams (Fairlawn, Ohio)

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Hill country

commands green rice fields

spread below

--Isao Soematsu (Nagoya)

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after the rains

a deeper green


--Mercy Ikuri (Narok, Kenya)




Tokyo metro

the ebb and flow

of frowns

--Marietta McGregor (Canberra, Australia)

While on vacation in Japan, the haikuist observed a solemn sea of faces. Yutaka Kitajima has been reading George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” a play about a flower seller in London.

Wild roses

Liza’s cockney rings


Angelee Deodhar creates a vibrant, one-of-a-kind pattern with water and ink that literally floats onto marbled paper. Line by line, 12-year-old Robert Jobe intertwines a delightful pattern. Pravat Kumar Padhy marvels at the myriad forms of life in Bhubaneswar, India. Margherita Petriccione throws ashes to the Mediterranean Sea.


a new Japanese word

swirls onto paper

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A story


into a basket

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circles of ripples

the beauty of life born

in the center

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summer sea--

incense swirls

in the wave

Claire Bowman sees all kinds of things in the clouds overhead Misawa, Aomori Prefecture. Simon Hanson follows a balancing act in Queensland, Australia.


writhing smoke

plays in the clouds

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A question of balance . ..

the graceful motions

of a cat’s tail

Angiola Inglese sips a calming tisane in Treviso, Italy. Lysa Collins cheers the night. Priscilla Lignori revives a perfumed moment. Paul Geiger plays indoors. Puja Malushte awakens from a dream halfway through the day.

tea on sofa--

perfume of rain

up to the moon

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frangipani drifts

above the lifted wine

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inside the inn’s woods--

couple on their honeymoon

scent of wet lilac

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honeymoon lodge

between times skunked

at cribbage

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warm noon

on the bedside table

her earrings

It may be that Kitajima has lost weight and is very hungry. More likely though, the noon day sun is summer sky high.

Walking home to luncheon almost shadowless

Krzysztof Kokot watched the sun reach its apex over Nowy Targ, Poland. Bowman knows every cloud has a silver lining.

Sun high in the sky

on broken watch

time stands still

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Broken clock

still right

twice a day

Zoie Martin weathered a storm. Kiyoshi Fukuzawa stocked supplies for the rainy season. Satoru Kanematsu’s wife is away.


the stain from my shirt


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New dictionary

and a paperback--

sound of rain

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Home alone

only one egg left

in the fridge

With a sigh, Charlie Smith asks, “Who moved my tomatoes?” Even the dogs have up and moved away, remarks John Hawk in Columbus, Ohio.

endless rain

my tomato plants

move next door

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summer heat

the stray dog

not around

Maria Woroniecki rushed home. Teiichi Suzuki sniffs a garden breeze. Patrick Sweeney found what he was looking for. Debbie Strange greets a long lost friend in Manitoba, Canada.

Straw hat

left on the train

the deep night

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Rainy dawn--

sliding open the door

cyclamen’s scent

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Near the orchard of her breathing

the hummingbird’s

invisible wings

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Forgotten doll . ..

purple vetch weaves

through her hair


The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears June 30, the last Friday of this month. Readers are invited to send haiku about going home early, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday), or Premium Friday in Japan when employees can leave the office at 3 o’clock, on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or e-mail to (

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David McMurray has been writing the Asahi Haikuist Network column since April 1995, first for the Asahi Evening News. He is on the editorial board of the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, columnist for the Haiku International Association, and is editor of Teaching Assistance, a column featuring graduate students in The Language Teacher of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).

McMurray is professor of intercultural studies at The International University of Kagoshima where he lectures on international haiku. At the Graduate School he supervises students who research haiku. He is a correspondent school teacher of Haiku in English for the Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo.

McMurray judges haiku contests organized by Ito En Oi Ocha, Asahi Culture Center, Matsuyama City, Polish Haiku Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seinan Jo Gakuin University, and Only One Tree.

McMurray's award-winning books include: "Only One Tree Haiku, Music & Metaphor" (2015); "Canada Project Collected Essays & Poems" Vols. 1 -- 8 (2013); and "Haiku in English as a Japanese Language" (2003).