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Haiku Music Challenge 79

Welcome to the seventy-ninth iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

Chine was the younger sister of Mukai Kyorai, the author of last week’s poem. Together the siblings kept a journal during a trip from Kyoto to the Ise shrine in 1686. Kyorai’s Ise Journal begins as follow:

The sun hot yet wind cool on our heads,

I take my younger sister on a pilgrimage to Ise

to which Chine replied:

Until Ise

such good companions,

morning geese

Chine died in 1688, at 26. The haiku of the week is Chine’s death poem.

Easily glows

and easily goes

a firefly

Eleven tracks were inspired by Chine’s haiku, and here’s my selection for The Haiku Foundation:


Track: easily glows
Artist: Tunnelwater
Genre: ambient

Let’s start with an immersive ambient soundscape by long-time participant Tunnelwater.

Track: Easily glows
Artist: Oxebe
Genre: electronic

Polish sound artist Oxebe joined us last week with a cinematic and enigmatic composition.


Track: easily glows
Artist: Night Note
Genre: ambient

A soothing track by Night Note that carefully combines ambient layers with a mesmerizing piano.

Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be listening to music inspired by Scott, one of Naviar’s supporters on Bandcamp:

snowflakes gently fall

cold winter’s pale sakura

I envy the birds

The deadline to submit your track is 7 April. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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