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Book of the Week: Straw Hat


Tateo Fukutomi published this book (Kaiteishinsha, 2000) in Japanese and English, a commonplace now but relatively rare at the time. The interplay of naturalism and whimsy is to become a regular feature in contemporary Japanese haiku in translation.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

A gathering of insects I have become a green friend
A crew man has his straw hat attacked by swallows
At sunset sitting on the bed in an astronaut-like mood
Our holiday a funeral hearse sucking up the red leaves.
A water sprite carrying his cane of lotus root over his shoulder
Memory of the atomic bomb every time the wind pulls off my hat I put it back on

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