What is haiku?
There is a traditional form of poetry in Japan known as haiku (俳句). Haiku poetry consists of a specific number of syllables (or mora) per line. There are usually three lines of five, seven and five syllables (moras), seventeen in total. Haiku are often about seasons, nature or both. They can also be about moments of clarity or inspiration, emotions, moving encounters and beauty. The origin of the word haiku is Japanese, a contracted form of 'haikai no ku' or 'light verse’.
Translated haiku occasionally don't have seventeen syllables but they're usually close (between eleven and seventeen). The context is rarely lost in translation and what is translated is often ubiquitous, such as changing seasons. My haiku method usually involves individually tapping the syllables with my fingers (as though playing an invisible piano) whilst saying the words in my head.
Here are some I thought of as I was writing this, please share your own in the comments:
Not something we see (5)
Incapable of working (7)
Winter is not here (5)
Yet the leaves are all absent (7)
The heating is off (5)
Lying in the bed (5)
Antibiotics inside (7)
Writing a haiku (5)
Grey sky, windows shut (5)
Pyjamas on, tea with milk (7)
No alarm clock set (5)
It's Autumn, I didn't go into work today as I started a course of antibiotics this morning. They make me feel so sick I can hardly move. There's a certain amount of energy I need to teach and the past few weeks has pushed me to my limits. Teaching children when you're unwell is hard. Studying and working full time is hard. The struggle is real.
This is a video of me opening and tasting my sample box from Taste Japan. Taste Japan is a monthly box of mouthwatering Japanese treats delivered to your doorstep for only £15 a month!
More details about the box can be found here.
Here's a list of all of the products:
Premium Umaibo (I kept calling it Umbaibo, sorry!)
Mix Pizza (No microwave, sad times!)
Matcha Oreo Bits
Shimi Corn Stick
Ultraman Battle Gummy
Takenokono Sato/Kinokono Yama (I couldn't find this one on the list, whoops!)
Fujiya Home Pie
My favourite was the Premium Umaibo (wasabi steak) corn stick, it was absolutely delicious although a little surprising as I wasn't expecting such a flavoursome experience. The information booklet which comes with the box also contains a lot of really interesting information about Japan as well as the product list. I enjoyed learning about autumn in Japan, reading about the nabe parties and moon viewings.
If you invite a friend to join and they sign up you might even get some extra snacks in your box, email them here!