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NHK WORLD TV, HAIKU MASTERS SPECIAL EDITION 2017, TODAY!

I’m honoured and touched beyond words.
(And I love to hear the sound of gamelan on this special episode ..)

In this special edition of HAIKU MASTERS: 1st Year in Review, Haiku Master Michio Nakahara-sensei , Haiku Poet Kit Pancoast Nagamura, and special guest Professor Toshio Kimura-sensei take a look back on some of their favorite pieces over the past year from our international haiku masters and rediscover what makes a great Photo Haiku. In addition, the group goes into detail about our guidelines by answering common viewer questions.

Thank you Haiku Masters Board for giving my humble work the opportunities being appraised and favorited!

A very warm and hearty thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement.
My deep bow,

 

 

NHK World TV, HAIKU MASTERS Ep.12 ‘Special Edition’ on air on March 27th, 2017 (Monday) from UTC 16.30 / 22.30, on March 28th, 2017 (Tuesday) from JST 1.30 / 7.30

 

HAIKU MASTERS, peraih penghargaan dunia Gold Award Web-based Mixed Media intermedia dalam World Media Festival (2016), adalah nama sebuah program TV di stasiun NHK World yang bertujuan mencari dan menemukan Haiku Master internasional melalui bentuk literatur visual baru yang disebut ‘photo haiku’. Para pemirsa dari berbagai penjuru dunia mengirimkan karya ‘photo haiku’ mereka untuk dievaluasi berdasarkan kekayaan pengalaman dan perspektif yang tak terduga oleh para Haiku Master tuan rumah di NHK World.

Hingga Episode 12, program ‘HAIKU MASTERS’ telah menerima 5.303 kiriman ‘photo haiku’ dari penjuru dunia, yang berasal tidak kurang dari 96 negara dan wilayah.

Episode 12 ‘HAIKU MASTERS’ merupakan Edisi Khusus (Special Edition), di mana secara khusus ditampilkan:

  • Enam Haiku Masters internasional terpilih, karya dan proses kreatif mereka
  • Bagaimana Profesor Toshio Kimura, khususnya, Haiku Master Michio Nakahara, menjelaskan lebih detail bagaimana beliau memilih ‘photo haiku’ pilihan sebagaimana yang ditampilkan dalam Edisi Khusus ini
  • Jawaban atas pertanyaan-pertanyaan dari pemirsa yang sering ditanyakan mengenai bagaimana menulis haiku dan menciptakan ‘photo haiku’ sebagaimana yang dipaparkan oleh program HAIKU MASTERS ini

Acara televisi ‘HAIKU MASTERS’ Episode 12 telah disiarkan langsung di Jepang pada hari Senin, 27 Maret 2017 pukul 16:30 / 22:30 Universal Time Coordinated (UTC d/h GMT) atau Selasa, 28 Maret 2017 pukul 1:30 / 7:30 Japan Standard Time (JST).

Siaran ini bisa disaksikan di Indonesia melalui edisi NHK World Video on Demand terbatas hingga 24 April 2017 nanti.

 

Terimakasih kepada teman-teman dan handai taulan, yang selama ini telah memberikan dukungannya.
Salam dan takzim,

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Dewdrop Haiku : The Asahi Shimbun, Today

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia) Published for the 1st time in ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray , The Asahi Shimbun, April 31st, 2017 Selected by David McMurray

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Light Haiku : Chrysanthemum 21, Today

memory of the atomic bomb

morning light’s

ticking

 

Erinnerung an die Atombombe

des Morgenlichts

das Ticken

 

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)
Published for the 1st time and translated into German by the Chrysanthemum Editorial Team in Chrysanthemum 21, April 2017
Selected by Beate Conrad

 

Chrysanthemum 21 Cover design, graphics, and general layout ©2016 Beate Conrad

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Friday Morning Haiku : Haiku Commentary by Nicholas Klacsanzky, Today

Nicholas Klacsanzky, the editor of Haiku Commentary, an online journal for the analysis of haiku and related forms, is a widely-published haiku, senryu, and tanka poet, and a technical editor by profession. He is a mentor for haiku, senryu, and tanka on the online group Poets on Google Plus. He was conferred with a certificate for being one of the top 100 haiku poets in Europe in 2015 and 2016 by Haiku Euro Top curated by Krzysztof Kokot. Nicholas wants to carry on the tradition of his father George Klacsanzky, a pioneer in the haiku scene in America, with his publication Haiku Zasshi Zo, by promoting haiku further.

Today, Indonesia getting the honoured being appreciated in his empathetic review on this selected haiku in his precious blog Haiku Commentary.
Thank you, Nicholas. Hats off, to you!

 

 

Nicholas David Klacsanzky on Google Plus, April 12th, 2017

 

 

friday morning

from the white mosque porch

cry of a swan

 

Freitagmorgen

vom Vordach der weißen Moschee

ein Schwanenschrei

 

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)

Published for the 2nd time in Haiku Commentary, digging deep into the small things, on April 11th, 2017
Selected by Nicholas David Klacsanzky

Published for the 1st time and translated into German by the Chrysanthemum Editorial Team in Chrysanthemum 19, April 2016
Selected by Beate Conrad

 

Nicholas wrote:

Friday mornings are usually cheerful with the prospect of the oncoming weekend. We can also take into account that the poet might have been at the mosque for the dawn prayer time, or Fajr. In Islam, it is seen as God’s most favored prayer since others are asleep. Also, the call to Fajr marks the beginning of the obligatory daily fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

The cry of the swan creates a contrast between the jovial mood of Friday mornings and the peacefulness of prayer time in the mosque. Why is the swan crying? It is inexplicable, as it conveys a different emotion for each person that hears it. One person might see the swan crying and think, “Yes, Islam is going through a troubled time currently,” but another person might think, “Look, even a swan calls us to the mosque to pray, just as the muezzin  (the man who calls Muslims to the mosque) does,” while yet another person might think, “The swan is sad it cannot enter the mosque to pray.” There are a myriad interpretations one can get from the cry of the swan, and that is what makes this haiku engaging and versatile.

This scene reminds me of the term aware, which is a Japanese word that means the ability of an object, event, or scene to stimulate emotion, particularly of sadness or regret. The cry of the swan in the context of the scene brings about emotions, though we are not quite sure which ones exactly. But emotions that cannot be accurately defined are commonly the most powerful.

Another thing to consider is “white” being used directly and being implied in the haiku. The swan, in a sense, blends in with the mosque, and could be acting as its mouthpiece. Or, we could think of the mosque blending in with the swan, suggesting religion returning to simpler times. White is often a symbol of clarity, and maybe the haiku is suggesting the swan and mosque are not so distant from each other.

Sonically, the sounds of “f” in “friday” and “from,” and the “m” sounds in “morning” and “mosque” brings out the intensity of the swan’s cry. In terms of punctuation, I believe the author was correct in not using it in the first line, as it will make “friday morning” too heavy, when it is something light.

A haiku that lends itself to be commentary on religion and its connection with the natural world, it also showcases an excellent sense of sound, color, and scenery.

Nicholas Klacsanzky

 

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Anger Management Haiku : “DailyHaiga, an edited journal of contemporary and traditional haiga” Today

lotus digging —

my son’s advice

for anger management

 

Haiga Ken Sawitri  Painting Jimat Achmadi (Indonesia)

Haiku published for the 3rd time in DailyHaiga DailyHaiga, an edited journal of contemporary & traditional haiga, April 5th, 2017
Selected by Linda Pilarski
Haiku published for the 2nd time in Never Ending Story: first English-Chinese bilingual haiku and tanka blog on August 19th, 2014
Selected, polished and translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu
Haiku published for the 1st time in European Quarterly Kukai 4 Winter 2013
Organized by Robert Kania and Krzysztof Kokot
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Homecoming Haiku from Indonesia : NHK World TV Gallery, HAIKU MASTERS, April 2017

Starting in April 2017, a mini-version of HAIKU MASTERS will begin airing Today from 6:58AM UTC / 3.58PM JST and every Tuesday.

 

homecoming

on the old photo my tiny feet

in dad’s hand

 

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)

Published for the 1st time in NHK World TV Gallery, HAIKU MASTERS, Episode April 2017
Curated by Kazuko Nishimura and Kit Pancoast Nagamura

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Dewdrop Haiku from Indonesia : NHK World TV Gallery, HAIKU MASTERS, April 2017

Starting in April 2017, a mini-version of HAIKU MASTERS will begin airing Today from 6:58AM UTC / 3.58PM JST and every Tuesday.

 

a dewdrop falls into the pond

the blue sky’s

open

 

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)

Published for the 1st time in NHK World TV Gallery, HAIKU MASTERS, Episode April 2017
Curated by Kazuko Nishimura and Kit Pancoast Nagamura

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Tree Haiku : The Asahi Shimbun, Today

Bare trees

after work I cross the street

entering the mosque gate

 

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)

Published for the 1st time in ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray , The Asahi Shimbun, March 31st, 2017
Selected by David McMurray