Hoshino Tsubaki and Tatsuko


Hoshino Tsubaki 星野 椿
ほしの つばき
1930 -

Born in Tokyo. Daughter of Hoshino Tatsuko 星野立子 (1903 -1984).
Her Grandfather was Takahama Kyoshi 高浜虚子.
Her Son is Hoshino Takashi 星野高士.

With her son Takashi, she runs the Memorial Hall of Kyoshi in Kamakura.

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I saw Tsubaki Sensei on TV in June 2009, energetic as I remember her from my time in Kamakura.
She proclaimed :
"Back to the heart of a beginner"

I saw Tsubaki sensei again on TV in June 2010.
She is now 80 years and still acitve. She leads a golf group, the members go golfing during the daytime and have a kukai haiku meeting in the evening.

Tsubaki, the Camellia


Modern masterpieces by Japanese haiku poets
by Susumu Takiguchi

hototogisu/naku kata no mado/akete oku

I leave the window open
where a cuckoo is singing

One of the most influential haiku poets living in Japan today, Tsubaki is a quintessential neoclassical haijin. Hototogisu, a cuckoo, is also the name of the school and the celebrated haiku magazine her grandfather, Kyoshi, founded, as well as one of the most frequently used kigo seasonal words. The bird is almost a symbol of the haiku life.

yuu-Fuji ni/eda sashi-nobete/kaeri-bana

a branch stretching
toward the evening Mt. Fuji,
a bloom out of season

Reverence for the most sacred mountain in Japan is also a form of reverence for Japan itself, its past, its culture and values. Cherry blossom are also revered. Put the unseasonable bloom in winter against the view of the mountain in the evening sun, the sense of reverence is so much more heightened. The branch is a metaphor of the author herself and of the sentiment of all Japanese people. This haiku epitomizes the essence of neoclassical haiku, or even haiku itself, of the self-contained people of a self-contained nation.

Kamakura wa/ nami no oto yori/ake yasushi

in Kamakura
dawn breaks from the sound of waves,
getting earlier and earlier

Kamakura is where Kyoshi lived and worked most of his life after leaving his hometown, Matsuyama. Tsubaki and her son, Takashi, have founded a haiku museum there in honor of Kyoshi and of Tsubaki's mother, Tatsuko. The museum has become a center of haiku studies and composition. As the haiku indicates, residents of this coastal town are always conscious of the sea.
Kyoshi founded a new haiku magazine, Tamamo, and gave it to Tatsuko to run.
Now it is run by Tsubaki Hoshino and Takashi.
by Susumu Takiguchi, January 2006, Daily Yomiuri

WKD : Kamakura, Kyoshi and the Hoshino Family


hotarubi no moretsutsu yami fukamarishi

grows darker and darker
with the sparkles of fireflies  

NHK BS「俳句王国」H.21.6.20

While the poet was looking for fireflies, the darkness slowly became even darker. In Japanese, the TSUTSU gives this haiku its special life.

(free translation, Gabi Greve)


Hoshino Tatsuko 星野立子
(1903 -1984)

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. Reference about Tatsuko .

samushi to wa kono yo no koto yo haka ogamu

cold that is
what this world is about -
I pray at his grave

Her father was Takatama Kyoshi.


enpitsu de kaku oto shizuka chuurippu

the quiet sound
of writing with a pencil -

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Haiku about pencils


the first swallow -
a Chindonya band
just for today

On the occasion of the great Haiku Meeting in Komuro

. Chindonya ちんどん屋 street musician .

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