Japanese Haiku

I have begun the difficult task of thinning out my personal library and acknowledging that piles and piles of books on the floor must find their way to a bookcase. In the process, I have re-discovered some gems that have been squirreled away. Little Pictures of Japan by Olive Beaupre Miller, illustrated by Katharine Sturges and published in 1925, is such a work of art I will treasure it forever. ( I am sure you can find a copy on Bookfinder.com.) It combines beautiful illustrations and Japanese “hokkus,” “the tiniest poems in the world” of 3 lines and 17 syllables, now called haiku.

 

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