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Seaside restaurant-- hoisting a white sail of a napkin

--Teiichi Suzuki (Osaka)

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drifting at large

in every direction

breaching whales

--Devin Harrison (Vancouver Island)

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new moon

the rise and fall

of his ECG

--Vandana Parashar (Chandimandir, India)

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Early morning mist--

we paddle our old canoes

closer to the shore

--Priscilla Lignori (Montgomery, New York)

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my first date--

summer blooms

in a row boat

--Karen O'Leary (West Fargo, North Dakota)

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A small boat

rowing far out

to the crescent

--Isao Soematsu (Nagoya)

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the remains of summer

abandoned beach canoe

--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Kumasi, Ghana)

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flow(er)ing as it is--

the river

the park

--T. D. Ginting (Inzai, Chiba)

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river of light--

paper lanterns guide

the ancestors' souls

--Vasile Moldovan (Bucharest)

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water colors

first sight this morning


--Itoko Suzuki (Shizuoka)




the sour scent

of wild dune roses--

happy hour

--Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo (The Hague)

Thorny blooms enticed the haikuist at a seaside bar. While visiting Dutch Harbor in Alaska, John Hamley downed a beer and hot sandwich at the Elbow Room, once billed as the roughest bar in America. Afterwards, he wrote this haiku on a hilltop overlooking the town.

Above the port

above the people-land

a curious fox

Justice Joseph Prah stayed cool in Accra, Ghana. Paul Geiger lay awake in suspicion.

afternoon rush hour

white clouds through

tinted eyeglasses

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TGIF open window

to hear the slightest sound

when she returns

Devin Harrison loafed like a beachcomber on Vancouver Island. Vandana Parashar immersed herself in the needs of others. Thais Fernandes flowed with the winds in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dennis Woolbright awoke to the sound of prayers in Vietnam.

with the sun at my back

dissolving into hoary matter

beach drift

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beach walk ...

losing myself in waves

bit by bit

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Summer breeze

touches fingers


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Bright moon

joins in meditation

still morning

Luciana Moretto spotted a spectacular bloom of white water lilies on a little lake in the mountainous Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. Yutaka Kitajima groaned in Joetsu, Niigata.

On the way

saying my rosary ...

names of the trees

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An old toad

in meditation


Domburg-Sancristoforo surveyed low-lying tracts of land enclosed by dikes in Holland. Julia Guzman commiserates with a benevolent beggar in Cordoba, Argentina.

green polder meadows--

the loneliness of a Friday evening

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Way back home--

A beggar breaks bread

with a dog

Seta River flows from Lake Biwa through Kyoto toward Osaka where Teiichi Suzuki wrote his haiku.

A school of sweetfish

passing under the shadow

of the Seta Bridge

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On a sad note, Angelee Deodhar passed away on June 28. A frequent contributor to this column, she has been inspirational to haiku poets in India. A person of very gentle ways, here are the two final haiku she submitted to the Asahi Haikuist on June 12.

summer afternoon

skinny dipping in the canal

boys whoop with joy

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firefly viewing-- how short the nights for sake and poetry


The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears July 20. Readers are invited to send haiku about summer in the city on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or by 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).