Nagoya, Japan

ORGANIZER: Leah Ann Sullivan


NAGOYA, JAPAN (1 of 2 Events in Japan)

Local poets and first-time poets, poets, Japanese EFL students and native (and non-native) English speakers will gather for a morning ginko (haiku walk).

We’ll begin at Osu Kannon temple in Nagoya, spend two hours strolling through the neighborhood and adjacent Shopping Arcades as the market comes to life.

We will proceed for a ten-minute walk to the next subway station, Kamimaezu, and hold a haiku-writing workshop at Mondo Books.

There will be a reading of everyone’s poems and a vote for audience favorites.

We hope to post live footage of the workshop and reading via an on-site webcam. A mix of cultures and languages, poetry and a celebration of whatever the haiku genre means to all of us.

P.S. The event is not for children due to Japanese privacy laws (against publication of children’s photos), as well as that a quiet atmosphere will be encouraged. Contact:

Osu Kannon ginko walk round-up


100Thousand Poets poems and hopes for world change final







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6 Responses to Nagoya, Japan

  1. Leah Ann Sullivan says:

    an excellent source for the ongoing study of kigo is the world kigo data base, research and compilation by gabi greve:

    scroll down for regional kigo lists and saijiki from alaska to yemen!
    contributors welcome!

  2. Many thanks to Jane Reichold of and Alan Summers of With Words http:/// for advice and encouragement in planning the ginko walk.

    And, to both Jane Reichold (via Red Ritter) and Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (of, japanartsandletterscalendar and founder of the Japan Writers Conference) for informing me about the 100Thousand Poets for Change event itself.

    Thanks to translator Stephen Carter, Osu Kannon Business Association member and tour guide for English maps and community-related advice.

    Also, thanks to EFL colleague Louise Haynes for workshop planning advice and the reminder that ‘typhoons and mosquitoes’ might be a problem were the event to be totally outside. We’ve ended up in the Shopping Arcade in Osu Kannon and the cozy Mondo Books, so we shall precede no matter what the storm conditions may be.

    And, thanks to Mondo Books for their generous hospitality, support and webcam and Internet streaming links.

  3. Haiku book recommendation for today: Haiku Mind, 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart by Patricia Donegan (Shambala 2008) and The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield (Kindle single 2011). Haiku as both literary form and spiritual practice.

    A poem included in Donegan’s book by the late Cid Corman, an expat poet who lived a long time in Kyoto, has been on my mind the past few days as I’ve searched for sample poems for the workshop. In the present moment, pause:

    Your shadow
    on the page
    the poem

    Cid Corman (Donegan 2008, Shambala, pg 197)

  4. season words from the Yuki Teikei group website.

    Seeing the list reminds me of an autumn haiku I wrote one day while sitting in the part-time teacher’s room at Meijo Universtiy with colleague Robert Markovitz:

    a Google search
    for Yom Kippur observances
    his homesick eyes

  5. Leah Ann Sullivan says:

    Nagoya area friends. Watch our events page for daily updates in the Nagoya, Japan comment space. I’ve decided not to have the traditional haiku kukai competition since our ginko walk, workshop and reading are learning, sharing experiences for all. The good news is that the participants may publish their best haiku on the website which will be permanently archived at Stanford University.

    We’ll also begin the event with a circle in which each of the participants will express his or her idea of change.

    It should be a quiet morning and afternoon, a chance to learn about English haiku or grow in your practice. Such writing-in-community events are rare.

    I do hope you’ll come out early on September 24th and join us.

    There’s also a community poetry page on the 100Thousand Poets for Change website. Anyone may post poems at any time. What is your idea of change in the world today?

  6. Leah Ann Sullivan says:

    English haiku event

    English haiku workshop
    and poetry reading

    September 24
    9 am – 2 pm
    Public invited to participate.

    At 9 am, participants will gather in front of Osu Kannon Temple for a brief introduction to Osu and to writing haiku in English. Groups of ten participants will be formed. From 9 -11 am, the groups will explore the Osu Kannon shopping arcade and neighborhood, notebooks in hand.

    At 11 am, all will gather at Osu Maneki-neko, and then walk together to Kamimaezu to Mondo Books. From 11:30-12:30 or so, there will be a writing workshop followed by a reading of haiku from the ginko walk.

    The reading will begin in a circle as each participant expresses his or her wishes for change in the world.

    Participants’ best haiku will be published on the website: 100Thousand Poets for Change.

    The writing workshop and reading at Mondo Books will be web-cast on the internet.

    Though the event will be documented throughout the day, photography and videography will be limited to participants only to encourage a contemplative atmosphere for writers.

    Bring a notebook, pen, snacks and water.
    Maps and English autumn kigo lists will be supplied.
    Info: or Leah Ann Sullivan at

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