The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan

The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan

Abigail Friedman

The challenge got here to a head someday as i used to be riding via Tokyo. whereas watching for the sunshine to alter, I observed the next public carrier statement at the part of a bus: Omoiyari hitonikurumani konomachini (Sympathy / towards humans, towards autos / towards this town). Seventeen syllables. Five-seven-five structure. It has to be a haiku, i assumed. but if I reached the workplace and repeated the statement to my jap coworkers, none of them notion it was once a haiku. I knew they have been pondering to themselves, what sort of a lunatic is she? One attempted to damage the inside track to me gently, It’s no longer a haiku, it’s an ads jingle. Well, I knew it used to be an ads jingle, yet nonetheless, wasn’t it an advertisements jingle haiku?—From The Haiku Apprentice

Abigail Friedman used to be an American diplomat in Tokyo, now not a author. an opportunity come upon leads her to a haiku workforce, the place she discovers poetry that any one can get pleasure from writing. Her instructor and fellow haiku team participants coach her in seasonal wildlife, and steadily she learns to explain the realm in simple phrases, changing into one of many hundreds of thousands in Japan who lead a haiku existence. this is often the author’s tale of her literary and cultural voyage, and extra: it's a call for participation to readers to shape their very own local haiku teams and, like her, discover ways to see the realm anew.

"...A deft and seamless merging of genres: instantaneously memoir, trip literature, and an unpretentious advisor onto the terrain of jap poetry. it is going to charm not only to poetry fanatics, yet to all readers who're occupied with the realm past their very own borders." -- Foreword Magazine

"Friedman is an attractive consultant via another Japan the place sleek humans make poems approximately teacups and temples but in addition approximately skyscrapers and kidney surgery." -- East Bay Express

"The e-book isn't designed to make the reader a poet, however it does, might be, support us to pay extra realization to our poetical eye." -- BiblioBuffet

"The Haiku Apprentice offers the reader an unique, considerate and private glimpse of 1 expat’s efficient come across with Japan." -- Metropolis

"...Notable for its frankness and enthusiasm...Friedman has made a full of life narrative out of the issues she learned..." -- The Japan Times


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