Photo/Illutration(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)

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lost in moments her smile a hint of alpine pink --Helga Stania (Ettiswil, Switzerland)

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approaching autumn ...

the red mark

in my eyes

--Manoj Sharma (Kathmandu, Nepal)

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A chrysanthemum

smiling, wavering, silvern

in a sake glass

--Miyazaki Masumi (Nagoya)

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Transient beauty

chrysanthemum dolls

in full bloom

--Taduko Oshima (Aichi Prefecture)

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Silence turns into

bright chrysanthemums

on two friends

--Aya Kato (Togo, Aichi Prefecture)

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I stumble over the word

as if an awkward goodbye


--Alan Summers (Wiltshire, England)

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rainwater pond

the ripples lost

in the sunlight

--Hifsa Ashraf (Rawalpindi, Pakistan)

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evening breeze

first autumn leaves

in my hair

--Tsanka Shishkova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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chrysanthemum cups

night deepens

--Akemi Suzuki (Toyota, Aichi Prefecture)

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Chrysanthemum scent--

Basho’s humble huts remain

in his dear hometown

--Kiyoko Shimizu (Nagoya)




The Embassy of Japan

sends a message to the world

“beautiful harmony”

--Hidehito Yasui (Osaka)

During imperial ceremonies on Oct. 22, Emperor Naruhito will proclaim his enthronement to foreign dignitaries who have come from afar. Satoru Kanematsu sends good wishes for a fragrant reception of the new emperor, whose flower seal will be displayed during a motorcade and court banquet to celebrate the occasion.

In full bloom

the Emperor’s crest

golden mum

Albert Schepers attended an autumn wedding in Windsor, Canada. The first line of his haiku employs a homophone: thrown and throne sound alike but have different meanings and different spellings. Masumi Orihara prayed for a long life in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

chrysanthemum thrown

ascending temple steps

the swallows

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the Throne

in smooth succession

long lasting blooms

Rika Inami offered simple fare and prayers this morning at her family altar in Akita. Italy is awash with chrysanthemums all autumn, notes Angela Giordano, who intends to celebrate the day of the dead on Nov. 2 by bringing bouquets to the graves of her loved ones.

faint scent ...

chrysanthemums tempura

a day of abstinence

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a new autumn--

the yellow chrysanthemums

at the feet of Buddha

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day of the dead--

on the streets the smell

of chrysanthemums

Danijela Grbelja was lost in thought for a while in Sibenik, Croatia.

the moment

when I’m gone

harvesting chrysanthemums

Kanematsu surveyed row upon row of white and yellow chrysanthemums arranged on a stage at the Nippon Budokan hall last Aug. 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II for Japan. Marshall Hryciuk admired tall oak, mulberry and maple trees, swaying in “a wind that tastes of its end.”

August mums

the new Emperor

oath of peace

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swelling list

of green leaves

as the garden grows yellow

Neelam Dadhwal is proud of the way her autumn garden has turned out in Chandigarh, India.

out of a window

everyone looks at you,


When Horst Ludwig told his doctor in St. Peter, Minnesota, “when I look in the mirror, I see a decrepit and sick old man,” the medic smiled while replying: “But your eyesight is still very good.” Richa Sharma’s family is equipped with cellphones that can see in the night.

September sunrise

long shadows, mine too,

on my way west

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flickering lights

my daughter opens

the ghost detector app

Goran Gatalica sang as if there were no tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia. Looking southward from the window of his office at North Carolina State University, Charlie Smith speculated: “94 (degrees Fahrenheit) today and forecast for 97 tomorrow. Politicians may question climate change, but the sunflower thinks it is still summer.” John Daleiden lives in very dry Phoenix, Arizona. Elancharan Gunasekaran fears for farmers in India.

sunflowers in bloom--

we sing barefoot

on the back porch

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Harvest moon

eight-inch sunflower

welcomes fall

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crumble at finger’s touch--

deserted trails

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prayers offered

in the great Ganges

not a drop of water elsewhere

Takako Nagai never feels lost while listening to Cyndi Lauper. Margherita Petriccione caresses time in Scauri, Italy. Recalling when skies used to be filled with stars, John Hawkhead laments light pollution overhead Bradford on Avon, U.K.


listening to oldies

time after time

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music of the sixties:

the rhythm of your heart

under my hand

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city lights

we count our lucky stars

on one hand

A scented fire set Kanematsu’s face aglow.


as dried flower wreaths


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In the flames

withered chrysanthemums

bloom again


The next issues of the Asahi Haikuist Network appear Nov. 1, 15 and 29. Readers are invited to send haiku about the arts, good food or vintage wine (to celebrate Culture Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Beaujolais Nouveau Day) 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* * *

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).