Friday, December 31, 2010

End of the year --
this freezing snow
fell in love to me?

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I read my calendar and found that:

eight minutes
longer day today --
this dwindling year

21st Dec Sun from 9:22 to 15:14
29th Dec Sun from 9:23 to 15:21

This is here in Turku, 60 Degrees North, in Utsjoki (70 Degs North) not any sun at all.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ice-lantern # 2

the day after Christmas --
pretty new snowflakes
just born

Friday, December 24, 2010

candles flicker

Merry and warm Christmas!

Camera-data: ISO 1600, Tv 1/13, Av 4,0

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Not whistling,
suspicious bird,
just looking

A Happy Christmas for you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

winter solstice --
a dog barks at
the bright sky

Sunday, December 19, 2010

new snow
on the old one ...
the sky's breath

One of my favorite lines in Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
Poem Nr 15 L5: yuki wa furitsutsutsu. The whole waka (=tanka):

As I gather herbs
From this field in early spring,
Intending them for you,
The falling snow starts to gather
On the sleeve of my outstretched arm.

-- Emperor Kōkō

Also Ogura Poem Nr 4:
Yamabe no Akahito's waka in 'Turku-area-language'

In English:

As I venture out
Onto the shore at Tago Bay,
I see snow, pure white,
Falling now ever deeper
On Mount Fuji's lofty peak.

-- Yamabe no Akahito

English translations' copyright by

Saturday, December 18, 2010

large flakes
as nothing else
to do

(Mr. Santoka wrote many two-liners, also as well as some four liners!)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snoring # 3

December night
or this cloudy day --
snoring sun

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

shoveling snows --
an unfinished snowman

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snoring #2

Takuboku's poems --
a snoring sofa

(Ishikawa Takuboku 1886 - 1912, quite many translated in Finnish some years ago. Tried to read it again, but ... The language is not tankapoetry written in Finnish but some kind of raw-translations only. Otherwise Takuboku is an interesting poet, I think, anyway.)

Monday, December 06, 2010

Snoring car --
December snow
silently all over

Saturday, December 04, 2010

From the poem The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens:

The sea drifts through the winter air.

It is the sea that the north wind makes.
The sea is in the falling snow.

This gloom is the darkness of the sea.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

After a chilly night a chilly morning. When having my morning tea by the window I saw our squirrel. It seemed to seek something, food perhaps?

The snow is sheltering the soil; under the thick snow there is much warmer. But the snow is not so thick at all yet. Does the squirrel know it?

Chilly morning --
buried under warm snow
squirrel´s supplies?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

a clinky winter

Arctic cold reached us. Our weathermen are surprised. Seems to be a winter, just now, already, this early. But I do like how river is rapidly icing. Icing river is making some noise. Word clinking's etymology: Middle English clinken, probably from Middle Dutch, says Webster.

a chilly wind
in the river's ice

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Radio Telegraphy

Finnish Radio Officers celebrated yesterday; our Union is 90 years old. Telegraphy is no more used commercially. I met many retired Radio Officers; returned from Helsinki with an old friend of mine. In the train's cafe he had one beer and I a small bottle of red wine.

We sailed on the high seas a while. I remembered my trip up to Canadian NWT:
a message
from the northern icefields --
drifting iceberg

Saturday, November 06, 2010

All Saints' Day, All Hallows day

We are going to visit the graveyard today. Got a long-burning candle with us to put it there in my mom's grave. (My father still lives; he is 92 years.) Today is also the New Moon. So the nightly sky was somewhat empty, just a few star between some drifting clouds. I read some Santoka, and stopped by this one:

The frosty night's bed must be somewhere.

Translation's copyright by Hiroaki Sato.

slept with you,
o chilly night?

In my notebook the first version was a two-liner:

Calm autumn day --
a candle

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

a crane having
one more frog --
a warm autumn

Saturday, October 30, 2010

comment moderation on again, sorry

Due to unknown url into my comment (which I removed) I had to turn comment moderation on again. Sorry for that. Tikkis

(gmail got a good enough spam-filter)

no more leaves
to fall down --
this windy autumn

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Between me
and this autumn rain
one leaking umbrella

Saturday, October 23, 2010

a nervous bench --
an undelivered

Friday, October 22, 2010

a squirrel
this hectic autumn

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

yellowed leaves
going to move ...
a ceased snowfall

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fallen leaves - Zen

This morning this express train from Turku to Helsinki is ten minutes late, as usual.
During the last winter due to lot of snow. Now lot of fallen leaves on the rail making those slippery.
Checked my Email - waiting a message; none yet.
Surfing and found following:

Zen and the Art of Poetry: An Interview with Jane Hirshfield
by Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler


ten minutes late --
a morning-train's zen
for the fallen leaves

Monday, October 11, 2010

chilly night --
so many happy leaves
landed safely

Monday, October 04, 2010

wherever I walk
the fallen leaves crowded
all the paths

Yellow leaves sailing
from the shore
to the open sea

These are from September 2010 Kukai
(Both none points...)

Friday, September 24, 2010

autumnal equinox
these lenghtened nights
also swelled

(Autumnal equinox was on 23rd September)

migrated cranes --
nightly sky so bright,
so bright

As a comment in:

This is one from the series I posted (migrating cranes) in my blog 22nd September. And September 23rd night was so bright!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September field --
from the forest
some fallen leaves

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Flying objects
and a rainy sky --
my umbrella is ready

Saturday, September 18, 2010

unknown sleeper
occupied the whole bench --
a long autumn

Friday, September 17, 2010


lingering heat --
hems of pine cone
widely open

This text-section was in Sketchbook-August 2010:

Photo's data 7th Aug. 2010: Canon EOS, 1/250, F/18, ISO 1600. Manual settings.
Through morning sun
sudden thunder

This I wrote as a comment into Fred Masarani's Facebook today:
evening fog--- / thunder and lighting / and my neighbor sings

After a very warm summer we have now a warm autumn, raining a lot. Today heard a sudden noise (thunder!), and after that a heavy rainshower.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

waning August moon --
longing for
many warm memories


I wrote this a comment for
august afternoon --
two or three ravens
flying behind the trees

I wrote this a comment for
magyar-haiku.blogspotSee the text also there.

When visited my mother-in-law I followed what was happening in the forests. Somewhere near us was some ravens. Great birds, I think. But they eat carcasses, I think. There are many bears, but the bears are eating all kind of berries etc? Some wolves near that area but not exactly so near, so what those ravens ate?

Monday, August 30, 2010

A four-liner

so many haiku
in this world --
August moon passed

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yesterday I visited Pori Jazz. Just a short visit. When returning home I stopped for a while. (Had nr one, you see I am an old man already!) Behind the trees the waxing moon was peeping.

O waxing moon -
where are you coming from?
I'm going home.

Data: Canon Pocket camera, 1/30, F 4,3, ISO 400, Zoom 60 mm (=full)
Date: 21st July 2010 at 22:54 local time
Sky: somewhat hazy
Myself: Happy

Ps. A Finnish draft version here: click into my my Facebook

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sakuo´s birthday!

I sent this one for Nakamura Sakuo in his Facebook; it's his birthday today!

unhurried --
arriving somewhere

Sunday, July 18, 2010

needing a dry path --
the day off

Saturday, July 17, 2010

a calm place
for a short nap

Thursday, July 15, 2010

an eruption
of a sunny day --
a short flowering

Sunday, July 11, 2010

TV antenna
is still full of fire --
the football

Data: 1/200, F/3.2, ISO 200. date: 10th July 2010 at 23:08 local time.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

the sky --
an unsleepy rain

Tuesday, July 06, 2010


The toast
ready to be eaten.

(This was a comment for Bill's and also Marcel Peltier's blog...)

Monday, July 05, 2010

June 2010 Kukai

These were my texts in June 2010 Kukai:

Freezing breeze -
the nakedness
of my old bones

That one I wrote when visited Lappland at June 2010. It was a northeasterly strong wind and temperature was something like +2 Degrees Celcius. (35 F I think?)
In the middle of the night I had a mission for a number one. Went out with just a thin shirt and thin trousers on me, without socks. (That cottage doesn't have a WC inside.)

Kigo subject was Nakedness. That was just what I felt.

Following one is Free Format Theme: Children

proudly watching
childrens' first flight -
a mother-crow

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I can hear the mosquitoes
but it does not mean
that we are close friends

Monday, June 28, 2010

sibilant grass
the sun's light
passing by

Sunday, June 27, 2010

father planting
new violets
on his son's grave

(From Caribbean Kigo Kukai, June 2010)

silent walk ...
he doesn't hear
what I'm saying

(From my comment in Bill's blog.)

Midsummer Day , afterwards

funny night --
I and the sun
still fully awake

Here in Turku - 60 degs North - the sun is up from 3.57 to 22.48 o'clock. In Utsjoki - 70 degs North - from 17th May to 28th July.

I'm again at Turku.

Ps. also it was the Full moon last night; whick one did I celebrated with??

Friday, June 25, 2010

From which waters
this particular flow
is a summary of?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

an echo
in the middle of the short night --
the sun is snoring

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer solstice --
just after six months
Santa Claus is coming!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

rainy day ...
a good reason
to stay inside

Friday, June 18, 2010

Turned their backs

This short summer
just begun.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

An empty coffee cup

road homewards --
emptied coffee cup

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My car watching for
the same looking stones --
a pitiful tourist

Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm not leaving ...
my sweet

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Norwegian series

homewards --
to the right
the land of mosquitoes

Saturday, June 12, 2010

One variation

Every day
in the sky
some newborn clouds

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sávjápahta series

On the hill
also today new rocks,
a new tree

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


an old man coughing --
a sound
from olden times


reached the hilltop --
found many new

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Savjápahta series

Savjápahta (Lappish, meaning The Holy Hill or something like it.)


a windy day --
fresh reindeer's shit
on the path


below the hill
some boulders
on the top, boulders


across the path
a small brook
otherwise silent

Saturday, June 05, 2010

69.33 North, 25.53 East

I'm going stay here next two weeks. Internet once or twice a week.
This river is Teno. Deatnu in Lappish. (= Big River)

Also the sunrays
flowing northwards --
The Big River

Friday, June 04, 2010

you too
on your vacation --
peace on the road

Thursday, June 03, 2010

long legged
flying object
seeking the sun

Saturday, May 29, 2010

O water grass,
how icy it was,
the last winter?

- I suppose those are not any watergrasses, but they anyway seemingly thrive in the cold lake-water.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Celebrated my mother-in-law's 85 years. Staying here in Ilomantsi one week. Some noisy birds. Windy but warm weather.

windy moon
traveling behind
the thin clouds

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

the spring train
not arriving
as scheduled?

Monday, May 17, 2010

a retired man
fitting the sunglasses --
entering summer

This was my comment for Bill 12th May 2010. And if some-one will ask I'm that retired man!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bankers' crisis --
eight-petalled anemone
blooming it's best

Reminded me the following waka:

The eight-petalled cherries
From the Nara capital
Of the ancient past
Today nine layers thick
Have bloomed within our court!

(Ise no Tayuu, tr. by Joshua S. Mostow from
The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image,
Honolulu 1996.)

(Bankers crisis; The Creeks lived beyond one's means, now the other European countries are helping them, also Finland.)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Oops, it's Mother's Day

# 1

A noisy morning --
capsized coffee cup
in her bed

# 2

Mother's Day's drizzle
the wood anemones

her coffee cup in the middle

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Post # 765

When last time in Helsinki I took the metro from Siltasaari downd to Ruoholahti. When rised up from The Ruoholahti Station of the Metro, I found a group of parked bicycles, bright colored. & a sunny day.
menopause --
the bicycles
appealing to ride

I checked with my wife the word "menopause" as a kigo, - An autumn, September, perhaps October, she said.
- And the males got also those, she said.

I looked my bicycle; waiting for me in slight drizzle.


Original Ezra Pound's 1913 poem "In a Station of the Metro":

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

a departing ship
joining with the sky
and the sea

waxing moon
sailing in the sky --
sleepless night

Monday, April 19, 2010

from the left --
paved history

Saturday, April 17, 2010

not allowed
to take off just now --
closed air space

Friday, April 16, 2010

Volcanic eruption in Iceland

Finland's airspace, as widely in Europe, is today closed due to volcanic ash-clouds drifting all over. That ash is dangerous for jet motors...

a silent sky --
a dim view of the sun
through the ashy clouds

Camera Model Name: PENTAX Optio 33WR
Shooting Date/Time: 16.4.2010 13:40
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/1250
Av( Aperture Value ): 6.9

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Found an airworthy
nesting place,
this hurly mergenser?

(The bird: Mergus mergenser)

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Snow spider
on winter's last day
resting a while

We found this spider yesterday on the snow. My wife said she will save this spider and was intended to do it (?!). (She is fond of spiders.) But this spider continued his trip. (Or her.) Where to; no idea. Still snow all over. But melting, as you can see. Snow-spiders nesting somewhere?

One spider from Issa, year 1805

mai-mai ya asu naki haru wo kao wo somete

water spider
on spring's last day

Translated by David G. Lanoue

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

those clouds
heading northwards

Sunday, March 21, 2010

vernal equinox --
South African nights
lengthening a bit

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

true spring - series #2 - 3

true spring - series # 2

melting snow --
wet puddles
behind the gate

true spring - series # 3

a chilly night --
all the puddles

Monday, March 15, 2010

true spring - series # 1

some snow, then sleet,
melting, freezes again --
a true spring

Sunday, March 14, 2010

When returned from Tampere I saw a snowblower cleaning a snowy road in the countryside.

a snowblower
spreading snowseeds
on the old snowbank

Thursday, March 11, 2010

sorry being busy

Sorry not being active here.
Visited Helsinki, today at Tampere, tomorrow I'll take a ferry to Stockholm. But next week?

Friday, March 05, 2010

     resting awhile -- 
the deepest quiddity
of the snow