Fukutomi was born in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in 1936.
He began to
compose haiku in 1963, studying under Tohta Kaneko.
a farm trainee in California, USA, for one year (1965-1966). He studied American
Culture under Taro Yashima (illustrator of children's books) in Los Angeles at
is a lecturer on haiku at NHK Miyazaki Culture Center.
He is a member
of the Modern Haiku Association and the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council.
include collections of original haiku: Straw Hat (1979), Kappa, River
Sprite (1989), The Sound of Waves (1997), Straw Hat: English
edition (2000), as well as the essays: Trial and Error in a Foreign Land
(1974), and Kappa's Notebook (1985).
*Kawabata, winning a Novel Prize had said "Japan, the Beautiful, and Myself
". And also Ooe, getting the same prize said "Japan, the Ambiguous,
and Myself ". I was born in 1936 in Japan and I am of the same generation
as Ooe. During the Second World War, I received ,u primary education in school.
I am an ambiguous Japanese also. Am I a red crab?