We are living in Kyoto presently. On the western side of town, there is a neighbourhood called Arashiyama – which is home to great sushi, a bamboo forest, and a mountain park with wild macaques. The macaques are quite accustomed to people and friendly. We’ve visited them twice so far, and in exchange for chunks of apple they helped us translate our experiences in Japan to haiku form:
1. Yoyogi ravens Cawing in the thousands Mock the human mind
2. Fuji-san revealed Its cloud blanket shaken off Patience rewarded 3. Sleepy, low-rise hood Not the Tokyo of film Packed trains rumble past 4. The sumo wrestlers I mistake for samurai don't mind. I'm new here.
5. The praying mantis Watches over us for days Above the door frame 6. Hieidaira fog Drapes the hillside in patches There is no wind. Still. 7. In a pitch-black temple Find your way by counting beads Train a different eye
* Place names in use:
Yoyogi – our Tokyo neighbourhood and park.
Fuji-san – Mt. Fuji
Hieidaira – our mountain-side neighbourhood in Kyoto.