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For the Haiku Intrepid

Adam Graham found himself following a narrow road to the distant south recently in Japan, and wrote up his discoveries for the New York Times. His quest: to follow the haiku bar scene in Matsuyama, part of a Shiki-themed year to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the great poet’s birth. We share the link with you here in case you might be similarly inclined upon your next visit to Ehime Province. As the writer warns, be careful what colors you choose — they can get you in all sorts of trouble. (A pdf of the article can be found in The Haiku Foundation Digital Library as well.)

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  1. Haiku bars are great fun! Local haijin Yukari Watanabe (Iris) conducted my husband and me around for an evening. In the first bar we were served seasonal delicacies such as tsukushi (pickled horsetails – Equisetum), wrote haiku and received a haiku name, then we moved on to the next bar where cocktails were mixed in our honour. I recommend Matsuyama for a visit. As well as the Shiki connection, it is a pleasant small city with a lot to offer the visitor, including a venerable onsen and impressive castle.

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