Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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Midnight ward--someone like a ghost from the loo

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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Shower of dandelion seeds

a spring night’s

gentle breeze

--Kyla Smith (Misawa, Aomori)

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nibbling the belly laughs

cold dusk

--Richa Sharma (Ghaziabad, India)

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the wild pigs

dark silhouettes--

shadow play

--Anna Maria Domburg-Sancristoforo (The Hague)

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Mating cats

romp on the tin roof

moonless night

--Satoru Kanematsu (Nagoya)

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blackout ...

the space between houses

full of stars

--Lucia Cardillo (Rodi Garganico, Italy)

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mostly in the night,

they take off just after dark--

thrush drop down at dawn

--Pat Geyer (East Brunswick, New Jersey)

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Early Spring,


and living in alcoves of aloneness

--Bob Friedland (Vancouver, Canada)

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through the darkness

early crickets

--Alegria Imperial (Vancouver, Canada)

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Sultry night

a most swift floater

to and fro

--Yutaka Kitajima (Joetsu, Niigata)




night sounds

flying insects

around a streetlight

--Akerke Boltabekova (Kazakhstan)

The haikuist is currently studying abroad at Mississippi Valley State University. Attard wrote this one-liner while visiting art and archaeological collections in Oxford: spring winds Japanese Samurai in Ashmolean Museum still. Before dimming his bedside lamp at home in Malta, Francis Attard indulged a few pages from a poet’s diary.

viewed in indolence

read of the three day moon

in vagrant’s journals

Joanne van Helvoort attended a concert in the Netherlands where recreational use of cannabis is tolerated.

music festival

behind the smoke clouds

a green moon

Murasaki Sagano attended the “Phantom of The Opera” musical in Tokyo.

Latent love

masked man in the dark

spring lightning

In Kamakura, Junko Yamada overheard someone seeking a romantic relationship.

Vernal wooer

in blind passion

moonlit park

Wolves howl at night, but are most frequently heard around sunrise and sunset. Sollars Elementary school student Hailey Long may have shivered under a silver-white sky with a faint pinkish tinge. Her classmate Ivy Knode likely felt chilled to the bone.

Cobalt sky

fills with loneliness

wolf passes

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dead stare

deep winter


Teiichi Suzuki recalled camping on Okinawa island in March 1967: “We slept wrapped in a blanket. Someone bought a sleeping bag. At that time, was the height of the Vietnam War.” Now spanning three eras, efforts continue to protect the islands.

Sleeping bags

sold by U.S. army private--


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Heat haze--

protesters shout


Kanematsu bid adieu to a peaceful period of time, then lingered awhile at the edge of an abandoned coal-fired thermal power plant. Atsuko Nozaki recalled how crowds enjoyed worry-free spring nights before the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011.

Farewell to

the Heisei era

sunset glow

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Sunset glow

ruins of a plant

in splendor

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No-man’s land

Hama Street, only

cherries bloom

Slobodan Pupovac sensed the skies darken in Zagreb, Croatia.

dark afternoon

a hurricane walking through

the abandoned village

All the cellphone numbers which Yukiko Yamada had called from Kawasaki were erased.

first spring gale--

all call history


Guliz Mutlu watched the skies over Ankara, Turkey: Chrysanthemum--curating the cosmos.

Luciana Moretto watched whales in the evening sea.

a dirge

of humpback whales

dusky mantle of night

Whether on holidays or after hours, Kanematsu is always served politely at the bank. Ramona Linke spent precious time listening to a friend in Germany. Liz Gibbs awoke early in Canada.


talks the ATM

spring midday

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hospice visit

and the blackbird

sings and sings

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predawn melody

a robin’s song gives me


Lothar M. Kirsch is fascinated by birds that fly at night. Katherine L. Gordon was captivated by songs from the Eramosa river valley near where she lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Full moon

flying above the clouds

silent skylarks

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brave bird-song

diminishing pianissimo

in brutal migration

Antonella Filippi felt the excitement of takeoff. Pat Geyer is attracted by the sounds night flyers make. Richa Sharma heard loving calls in Ghaziabad, India.

birds’ songs

the last chatter

before the journey

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bouquet of warblers

softly warbling in night flight ...

drawling their way South

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yellow moon

listening to the lone bird’s

twilight love song

Charlie Smith counts on his way home from giving a mathematics lecture, noting that “hotaru are beginning to be widespread here, a sign that there’s not too much pesticide in the neighborhood.” Taiga Nozaki enjoyed a romantic evening watching fireworks at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo.

slow dog walk

twenty-six fireflies

lead us home

* * *you and i

looking at the night sky--

summer hanami

Dubravka Scukanec enjoyed an all-night cherry blossom festival in Zagreb, Croatia. Writing from Hyderabad, India, Ksk Kausik imagined viewing sakura at night in Ueno Park. Anthony Q. Rabang felt as though he had little room to move in Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

between the night and

dawn I see an alley of

pink cotton candy

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first date

at the yozakura ...

gleaming eyes

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crowded room

your eyes meeting

the blossoms

Haiku in the night at The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear June 7 and June 21. Readers are invited to send haiku about warming oceans or melting ice cream 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).