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Haiku Corner

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In Japanese poetry, kigo (季語) is the word or phrase used to indicate the season and it is often included in haiku to locate the poem in a particular time of the year.

In these uncertain times of lockdown and pandemic, we want to open our website to members and friends to embrace the creative power of haiku and express the feelings and experiences we all are living in this peculiar "season".

Our hope is to create an ongoing piece of collaborative poetry that brings together the UK and Japan and will serve as a documenting account of our community experiences.

How to Contribute

  • We invite poets, writers and people of any age and expertise to send us their haiku by email, tag us or use the hashtag #JShaikucorner on social media. The weekly deadline is on Fridays at 12:00 noon (BST).
Write your haiku and the hashtag #JShaikucorner:
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  • Every Monday we will select one haiku among those received the previous week and post it as the haiku of the week on this page and on our social media with the name or alias of the author.

  • Haiku sent must be original and belong to their authors as copyright holders. The Japan Society will not accept any responsibility for the content published. By sending their haiku, authors agree to its publication in our website and social media.

  • The Japan Society will not use any haiku published or received for commercial purposes and will follow the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions regarding the use of data and the website content.

Haiku of the Week

Week 3 ( 22-26 June 2020)

June rains
child counts buses
through the foggy window


Ceci Chui

Week 2 ( 15-19 June 2020)

forest walk
every tree branch
reaches out for hug


Asa Hanada

Week 1 ( 8-12 June 2020)

A cold, blue silence.

The young apples touched with dew,

Mirror our damp cheeks


Gemma Bartram

Week 0 (1-5 June 2020)

Hope always rises

writing a shopping list

will there be flour?


Jenny White

How to Haiku: Beyond 5 7 5

Find more about how to write a haiku in our video with haiku poet Paul Conneally who introduces the key elements of haiku, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about. Watch this short 6 minute piece to stimulate ideas, and see what benefits haiku can have for you and your loved ones.

More Selected Haiku

Week 3


A nightingale
sings into solitude
like never before

Yoko Dochi

locked down for three months
the old computer and I
not compatible

Annie Bachini

Birds in my nowhere mind.
Why the heavy heart?
River sliding silently by.

Damon Rawnsley



A murder of crows.
In the absense of people
nature regains strength.


Bonds of friendship bloom
Crafted layers of beauty
Like a summer rose

Gemma Bartram

Cherries, untasted.
Ripen, fall. Wasted. This year?
Red juice, sticky chins. Cherries




Week 2

yellow dahlia
one flower faces
away from the sun

Annie Bachini

Social distancing.
Our nation brought closer
through support and hope

Dominic Seymour

Faces on a screen
Arms empty as autumn trees
Spring will dawn again

Gemma Bartram

Gliding silently.
Slipping through many past lives.
Moment to reflect.

Chris Loughlan

Oh scrawny carrot
You'll never know the Spring
You've put in my step

Chris Arning

Our quiet rest.
Has now passed. Chaos renews.
We are all shopping.

Simon Agar

hanami transcends
for they who trust come and go
a blue sky remains

hanami transforms
for they who seek atonement
the blue sky will come

Sue Henderson



Week 1

Summer light draws down
Mint green nails working slowly
On the coffee cup

Chris Francis

Beauty is not seen
by the weary traveller
till now, time stands still

Christoph Sills

Rain sprinkles
Dampening dry ground
Earth fragrance 

Thaisa Hopkins

as sunlight slants
across the side of a fence
are footsteps lonely?

Alan Summers

Another sunrise
Birds chatter bells ring bees sing
Where did the planes go?

Jane Varnus

I cannot see this.
Things that I could never see.
Now see differently

Chris Loughlan

the white butterfly
in variegated ivy

Annie Bachini

There is still one thing
More contagious than Covid
Smile, kindness and love

Rachna Chowla

Carpet of bluebells
Rolling out before each step
Muddy footprints hide

Kate Lawrence

Shine on the same moon.
Sleepless swelling tide.
Mika is on the other side of the world.

Damon Rawnsley

June, Mother’s birthday.
If only she could see it.
Covid came to call.

Margaret Gordon


The fallen blossom
I am without the spring
waiting for summer

Lizzie (Elizabeth) Parkes

the sweetness
of his shampooed hair...
daily video call

Ceci Chui

masks from a dear friend
arrive in the post

Asa Hanada

Autumnal dew
streams down with longing
in my strawberry icecream

Alicia S. Fernandez


We would like to thank you to all participants for sharing their poems with us. Please keep sending your haiku every week so we all get together and strengthen the ties of our community through haiku.