2003, Volume 1, Number 6
an'ya . . . whose haigo (haiku nom de plume) loosely
translates to 'a peaceful light in the moonless night', lives
in Oregon, USA. She has been bestowed (too numerous to mention
here) top world-class awards and honours for her haiku poetry,
as well as other verse forms, not only throughout the United States,
but in Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France,
India, the UK, Brazil, and throughout the Balkans. an'ya has 4
books out currently, haiku for a moonless night, haiku wine, crosswinds,
and haiku in my apron pocket. Her personal website can be viewed
Her extended biography is at: www.haigaonline.com under
staff members. Besides editing haigaonline, an'ya is the director for the World
Haiku Club beginners sessions.
In a black slip-dress and fishnet stockings
specially chosen for this event, I think to myself, how unique
it is to be the only woman present. Having occasionally run
the crew in my huband's absence, tonight I'm proud to be recognized
as 'the Port Engineer's wife.' What an honour it is to be
presented with these exceptional gifts that came off the 350-foot
twenty inches . . .
the diameter of my
glass float balls
Ultimately, the reality of this traditional
bon-voyage party deeply sinks in. The ships may have been
American-built, but the rituals of a Japanese fishing crew
prevail. Course after course of eye-pleasing food passed only
to the right, toast after lengthy toast, and each one accompanied
by a cup of saki. Embracing their customs, I marvel at such
the captain teaches me
to eat with chopsticks
At evening's end, my husband and I experience
a significant oral tradition in the Japanese fishing culture.
What most people in North America think is strictly a 'war
cry,' is really an expression of joy and happiness (as the
Japanese people did recently to celebrate the birth of their
new princess), or a way to wish 'ten thousand years of life'
to honoured guests.
three shouts of bonzai!
suddenly the crew leaves us
alone in the room
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