[LMB] Vashnoi Haiku

M. Haller Yamada thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Sat May 26 08:18:56 BST 2018

(-: I love haiku! 

To be absolutely pedantic, a haiku has 17 hiragana characters in it, in the 5-7-5 pattern. In general, a character comprises of what we'd 
think of as a syllable, however there's one character, "n" at the end, which counts as a single character. So the phrase, "ko-no-ka-n-ji" 
would be five "syllables" in Japanese, while we'd probably hear it as four. Also, so-called "long vowels" (long in length, not sound) count 
double. The name "Ko-u-su-ke" would sound like "Ko*ske" to us, I think. Which brings us to a third point: sometimes the u isn't sounded, 
and to English-language-ears, the consonant before the "u" seems to collide with previous or next syllable. 


It's as clear as mud,
Appropriate for rainy
Seasons and poems.

In English, too, it's generally 5-7-5, although a lot of people mess around with it and call it good. 

Micki (in response to Nicholas Rosen)

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