Official Launch of My Haiku Life video

April is National Poetry month.

And April 17 is International Haiku Day!

The Haiku Foundation launched a series of HaikuLife videos on its website presenting various haiku, poets, projects, and groups. You’ll find a short animation video featuring Kaeru and Kawazu, the two characters of Old Pond Comics.

In this short video, Kaeru, a young frog who wants to learn haiku, becomes the apprentice of Master Kawazu (the famous frog who jumped in Basho’s pond).  You’ll learn about the birth of Kaeru, his childhood and how he developed an interest for haiku. Check it out.

Cherry Blossoms – Hanami (movie)



The German film Cherry Blossoms – Hanami (Kirschblueten – Hanami) presented at the Vancouver International Film Festival is now available on DVD.

If you like Japan, you must see this film who offers beautiful shots of cherry blossoms, scenes of Noh theatre and spectacular views of Mount Fuji.

The film is filled with visual haiku poetry (a duck crosses the road, a bench under a tree, etc.), very similar to photo-haiku.

The film tells the story of Trudi and Rudi, an affectionate long-married couple whose children have grown up and moved away. When Trudi learns that her husband is terminally ill, she keeps it from him, and urges him to see more of life and visit their son who lives in Japan. The story culminates in a pilgrimage to Mount Fuji in the midst of the cherry blossom season, a celebration of beauty, impermanence and new beginnings.