Powell Street Festival

Cover from The Bulletin August 2013It was really cool going to the Powell Street Festival today – a festival celebrating Japanese culture – and seeing on each table stacks of copies of The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian Community, History + Culture.

The August issue featured not only the schedule of events but also an Old Pond comic on page 4.

Old Pond Comics at the Powell Street FestivalAt the Calligraphy table, a Japanese calligrapher was writing whatever character we wanted. “What do you like?” she asked. “Haiku”, I replied.  After a quick check in her dictionary (she couldn’t remember how many bars were in the first sign), she calligraphed the two characters for “haiku”.

At the next table, I noticed a rubber stamp of a frog and thought it would be a very appropriate decoration for my button. Here’s the result:

The word "Haiku" written in Japanese character on a button

The Bulletin

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opbashocherryblossoms Starting April 2013, Old Pond Comics will be published monthly in The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian Community, History and culture distributed in Japanese cultural centres across Canada (in print and also on the web).

In the interview, I talk about NaHaiWriMo created by Michael Dylan Welch, mention the Vancouver Haiku Group lead by Angela J. Naccarato, Lighting the Global Lantern written by Terry Ann Carter and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku Invitational.

I will post the PDF soon. (The Bulletin, April 2013 issue).