Friday, May 10, 2013

Carpe Diem Special #36, Kyoshi Takahama's 'Spring Breeze!'

Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am glad that I can share a new episode of our Carpe Diem Special with you all. This month is very tough with all those Tarot-Card prompts. So I am glad that I don't have to think about Tarot today, but only at a new haiku by our Special haiku-poet Kyoshi Takahama.
Kyoshi isn't a wellknown haiku-poet, but he has written wonderful haiku as we will see in this episode of Carpe Diem Special.

Kyoshi (Takahama Kiyoshi, 1874-1959) was born in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. Kyoshi's father was a samurai, a master of Japanese fencing, and was also versed in Nohgaku(traditional stage drama). His mother had profound knowledge of Japanese classical literature. When Meiji New Government was established in 1868, Kyoshi's father was dismissed and moved to Nishinoge in Kazahaya to become a farmer, where Kyoshi spent his early days. Such environment influenced his interest in literature and his ability to appreciate the beauty of nature and to feel affinity with nature. In school days in Matsuyama, Kyoshi asked Hekigoto, his classmate, to hand a letter of introduction of himself to Shiki, who was a great innovator of haiku. Later, Kyoshi and Hekigoto became two prominent pupils of Shiki.

In 1898 Kyoshi became a publisher and editor of Hototogisu with the help of Shiki. After Shiki's death, Kyoshi was devoting himself to writing novels, leaving Hekigototo teach haiku. Meanwhile Hekigoto began his new trend haiku (Shinkeiko Haiku), which did not follow the rules of 17 syllables and the seasonal words. When Kyoshi realized that the new trend haiku gained great popularity over the country, he determined to return to his roots as a haiku poet.

Today's haiku by Kyoshi:

Spring breeze !
on the hill I firmly stand
with the great resolve

I hope this haiku inspires you to write and share a new haiku in the same sense, tone and Spirit of this one by Kyoshi.

This is my new haiku inspired on the one by Kyoshi:

rustling bamboo -
song of a Nightingale fades away
a new day rises

a new day rises
in the mystery of the dawn
the sound of rain

Well ... it was a joy to prepare this Special episode for you all my dear friends and I hope that it will bring you all joy and inspiration. This prompt will stay on 'til May 12th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, also not one about the Tarot, Mothers Day, later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). So have fun, be inspired and creative and share your haiku with Carpe Diem, THE haiku community on the www (smiles).


  1. This was truly one of the most interesting and inspirational posts you wrote Kristjaan. I feel your the work you do for everyone is superb. Thank you!

  2. PS And the rustling bamboo is one of your very best haiku, really is..

  3. Kristjaan, both of your haiku are lovely! I think my favorite is the first one...but enjoyed them both!

  4. Really beautiful haiku Kristjaan. I love the specials - very inspiring

  5. Apparently no one else found this prompt as difficult as I did!

  6. I will always greet a spring breeze.

  7. Spring breeze.. I love a spring breeze...time to open windows
    and breathe fresh air again.
    Thank you for a lovely prompt I actually understood !