Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tokyo Haiku Literature Museum

I was recently reading The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, and was reminded of a place I've never been (yet), but would very much like to see: the Haiku Literature Museum in Tokyo.

In the museum, you can find collections of haiku in Japanese, English, and several other languages as well. There is a large collection there (more than half a million books), with loads of interesting titles, old and new.

Since a lot of haiku, such as the works of Basho, the master of the genre, is often centered on images of things encountered while traveling, I'm thinking a short haiku-tour of some parts of Japan might be interesting. The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets (Shambhala Centaur Editions) I've never actually been very interested in visiting Japan before, but I think that, with my own interest in haiku, it might be nice to make a haiku-based and haiku-oriented trip around at least parts of the country.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to make this trip, but I am considering whether it might not fit into a trip back to the US next fall, especially if I have to stop in Tokyo anyway to change flights. I will look into whether or not I can arrange to stop and see the Haiku Literature Museum and some other sites of interest to haiku poets.

The museum is run by the Association of Haiku Poets in Japan. Operating hours are from 11am until 4pm.

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