May 12th, 2010

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Haiku in the Tea House

This is the fifth year in a row that I've attended the Yuki Teikei Tea House Reading in the San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden. The design of the garden was based on the Korakuen Garden in Okayama, a sister city of San Jose. There are three different ponds, which once had the koi Okayama sent in 1966. These koi and their descendents unfortunately succumbed to the koi herpes virus last year.

the pond
where koi once swam
shadows of willows

- Deborah P Kolodji
Modern Haiku, Autumn 2009

Our day started with a workshop, a tour of the isolation tanks where some koi are being kept until they can be released into the ponds, and some writing time in the garden. After lunch, the was a performance by Maiko, a women's drum and poetry ensemble, which was followed by readings from the three featured poets, Garry Gay, Jean Hale, and myself.


Deborah P Kolodji, Jean Hale, Garry Gay


After the reading, there was a round-robin of haiku, followed by dinner in San Jose's Japantown. My daughter came out from Santa Cruz via the bus for the reading and then we drove
her back, taking in a short tour of Santa Cruz, and a stop by Logos Bookstore, a marvelous used book store with a generous poetry section.