We had about 45 minutes to wander the garden, sit and watch the koi, and write haiku before returning. The list of kigo I was working from included: bird nesting, Japanese maple “young leaves”, wisteria blooming, returning ducks, cherry blossoms, budding anything, pineapple weed, returning egret, spring rain, spring storm
I wrote seven haiku in the garden, placing five of them in the kukai. The four that received votes were:
by the garden path
after spring rain
the sound of a plane…
is it yours?
overhang the water
koi in spring shade
my pen across
a blank page
Japanese Friendship Garden, Kelly Park
San Jose, California April 7, 2006
At 1:30, there was a reading by Fay Aoyagi and Wendy Wright, followed by an open haiku reading done in a circle, where each participant read one haiku at a time. Open reading participants included Roger Abe, Fay Aoyagi, Ann Bendixen, Claire Gallagher, Linda Galloway and her husband Nardin, myself, Patricia Machmiller, Linda Papanicolaou, Carol Steele, Ebba Story, Alison Woolpert, and Wendy Wright and a few other people whose names I didn’t catch. This went on until about 4:30 pm. Afterwards a group of fourteen of us went to a restaurant in Japantown to finish off the day.