What is Haiku?
Haiku is one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry
Haiku is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.

Each Haiku must contain a word, which indicates in which season the Haiku is set,
spring, summer, winter, autumn or the New Year for example.
The best Haiku is the one you can read back to front as well.

Bluetits on a branch
busily chirping away
spring comes noisely

Butterflies flutter
pale pink perfumed flowers
lady with sun hat

morning light so soft
through the windows of my heart
happily I rise

red flames in the park
colours of a fairy tale
embraced by the sun

trees reaching up high
summer leaves gently swaying
a good place to rest



What is Haiga?

Traditional Japanese haiga involves brush art painting, with a haiku poem.
Like the haiku poem, the importance of haiga is in simplicity of expression.

Other forms include photo-haiku [haiku attached to a photograph] as seen here.
The image, as in a haiku, just captures a moment in time.

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