Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Yesterday we discovered the beauty of Joyce Lorenson's poetry and today we travel on straight through the European Union (EU) and today we will visit Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is part of the Benelux and one of the co-founders of the EU (or also known as the Inner Six).
Luxembourg is a little country between Germany, Belgium and France. It's not a flat country as is e.g. my country, but there are flat places. Luxembourg has a lot of mountains, wonderful rivers, wonderful nature and so on. It's (in my opinion) the most beautiful country on Earth. As I see the breathtaking and overwhelming beauty of this small country than I am sold ... Let us discover Luxembourg.
|Flag of Luxembourg|
Luxembourg is one of the countries were the Dutch people love to go on a holiday even for just a few days, because Luxembourg is almost our neighbor.
Luxembourg has been overshadowed by the culture of its neighbors. It retains a number of folk traditions, having been for much of its history a profoundly rural country. There are several notable museums, located mostly in the capital. These include the National Museum of History and Art (NMHA), the Luxembourg City History Museum, and the new Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (Mudam). The National Museum of Military History (MNHM) in Diekirch is especially known for its representations of the Battle of the Bulge. The city of Luxembourg itself is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, on account of the historical importance of its fortifications.
|River Syre in the Southeast of Luxembourg|
seeks its way through the forest
a skylark's song
|Luxembourg (the city)|
forests seems greener than ever -
|Luxembourg (the countryside)|
embraced by the tree of life -
I bake my first bread
|Anise Koltz (born 1928)|
Break my branches
the birds will still sing in my roots
in the garden, the wind
makes my late father's washed pants
nursing their faded past -
weary autumn gardens
*By the way I couldn't retrieve an email address to ask her permission, so I hope she doesn't mind that I use her haiku.
Well .... I hope you did like this journey through Luxembourg and of course I hope that I have inspired you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 11th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, a new Tokubetsudesu episode, later on.