Japan is a beautiful country of nature

which reveals diferent beauty in each season. People are so sensitive about the specific natural beauty depending on seasons that they let many words symbolize the each season of the year. Those words are called 'Kigo' and collected in 'Saijiki' . When the natural beauty moves the Japanese people enough to feel urge to express themselves in words, they tend to pick up a particular Kigo to make a 'Haiku' , the world's shortest poetry form composed of only 17 syllables.

If you are interested in this special form of art, In The Moonlight A Worm... gives you all of what you need including How to make Haiku, Haiku by Matsuo Basho and Introduction to Tanka, a predecessor of Haiku, with a collection of 100 Poems by 100 Poets, Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. You can find much more about Haiku in the Shiki Internet Haiku Salon. Shiki means four seasons in Japanese and also the given name of Mr. Masaoka who is famous for enhancing Haiku in the Meiji era. This site tries to introduce you to International Haiku World step by step.


All the Web sites above mentioned are essentially bilingual. If you, however, find any difficulty in Japanese language, please consult a Japanese-English Dictionary.

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