Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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Today’s plan for sakura views--east or west

--Murasaki Sagano (Tokyo)

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child bride

the premature budding

on cherry trees

--Vandana Parashar (Chandimandir, India)

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spring blossom

she puts up her hair

with chopsticks

--Hinke Bruinsma (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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flowers burst

from trembling trees

chill spring winds

--Suraja Roychowdhury (Lexington, Massachusetts)

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early cherry blossoms

overlapping echoes

of blackbirds

--Goran Gatalica (Zagreb, Croatia)

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pink moon ...

crane feather on

the cherry tree

--Tsanka Shishkova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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The sharpness

of a half moon

cuts the night sky

--Chloe Laffitte (Misawa, Aomori)

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the moon cut in half--

carrying home

her birthday cake

--Ian Willey (Takamatsu, Kagawa)

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Tasting first

its tint and fragrance

cherry cake

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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chiffon cake

her comfy wood chair

all handmade

--Masumi Orihara (Atsugi, Kanagawa)

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FROM THE NOTEBOOK

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cherry moon--

my sister decorates

cupcakes

--Steliana Voicu (Ploiesti, Romania)

The haikuist reported that the “air is sweet, the weather has warmed.” Her little sister whipped up a confectionery filling and suggested “let’s surprise our mother with a bouquet of tulips, hyacinths, or daffodils.” Franjo Ordanic claimed there’s “nothing better than grandmother’s famous cherry cake, and this year’s trees are already blossoming” in Oroslavje, Croatia.

mouthwatering

grandmother’s cherry cake

is coming earlier

Kiyoshi Fukuzawa counts years by the number of cherry blossom seasons that he’s experienced.

Cherry blossoms--added to my age

touch of sorrow

Ksk Kausik posed this rhetorical question during an outdoor cherry blossom party with family from Hyderabad, India.

what if Newton sat

under the dancing petals

of a sakura tree?

A retired teacher, Satoru Kanematsu was sad to see yet another school close in Nagoya due to the falling birthrate.

A closed school--

cherry trees remain

in full bloom

Later, he freely viewed sakura from a train window on his way to wish for better luck at Atsuta Shrine.

Starting spring

renewed free train pass

for elders

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Fortune slips

tied to weathered twigs

in full bloom

Writing from New York, Luke Davidson helps us to feel pounding water. Meghan Jones pushed back in Calgary. Richard Jodoin tried a two-seater push-bike in Montreal. Marilyn Humbert rowed a boat in Tsurumi, Yokohama.

dawn flower

blooms in the

beat waterfall

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blown about

tree limbs in the wind

resilience

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Youthful love

on a rented tandem

unexpected blossoms

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Mitsuike Park

oars rising and falling

among cherry petals

Francis Attard wrote about the Judas tree on the Island of Malta, noting that “Out on a highway, the tree nears in appearance to the Japanese sakura.” Illusionary spatial effects of the bright blooms were recorded by Goran Gatalica.

monkey’s gifted chatter

busker in no changed costume

leafless pink blossom

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fragrant spring air--

majestic expansion of yard

with first cherry blossoms

Zdenka Mlinar saw blossoms swirl on a roadside shoulder in Croatia. Luciana Moretto decided which way to go in Treviso, Italy. Marta Chocilowska noted how sakura tried to bloom early in Warsaw.

by the country road

dancing cherry petals

despite devastation

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looking up

looking down

spring walk

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bare branches

covered with cherry buds

frost forecast

Richard Fournier shared the English version of a haiku from his 2015 collection "A sol perdu: Haikus de saison" published by La Compagnie a Numero.

that kiss in the woods

a taste of maple taffy

such an April’s fool

Murasaki Sagano danced in her seat during the musical “Kinky Boots,” and was moved to tears by the end of “An American in Paris.”

Sakura

dancing curtain call

red boots’ line

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Ballet scene

kiss in the fade-out

pulse of spring

Roychowdhury visited an exhibit by a fastidious artist with an obsessive-compulsive disorder at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. From a distance, tiny dots on a screen blended in the poet’s eye. Alegria Imperial drew with her fingertip in Vancouver.

raindrops

on the dusty windshield

pointillism

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connecting rain dots

I draw a unicorn

on the bus window

Angela Giordano packed luggage in Italy.

a long journey--

perfumes in a suitcase

of my land

There’s no moonlight tonight, so Rosemarie Schuldes hopes to observe lots of stars over Germany.

debating

light pollution

the new moon

Haiku blooms at http://www.asahi.com/ajw/special/haiku/. The next issue of the Asahi Haikuist Network appears April 19. Readers are invited to send haiku about the Chrysanthemum Throne, on a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or e-mail to <mcmurray@fka.att.ne.jp>.

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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).