8/18/2010

Mori Sumio

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Mori Sumio 森澄雄

1919-August 18, 2010



He was born in Nagasaki.
Other sources quote a town near Himeji as his place of birth.
His haiku teacher was Kato Shuson.

Since 1940 he was a supporter of the haiku magazine
Kanrai 寒雷 (Thunder in Winter).

After the war, he worked as a teacher in various schools.
His first haiku collection in 1954 was
Yukitsubute 雪礫 The Snowball

In 1970 he founded his own haiku magazine, called
Sugi 杉 Cedar Tree.
He pinned many haiku about the love among a good couple.

He received many literatur awards for his haiku.

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. . . Mori Sumio, haiku tr. by Gabi Greve



I learned of his death from Japanese television on August 18.
He died of pneumonia in a hospital in Tokyo, after feeling unwell since March of this year. He kept writing haiku even on his sickbed.


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quote
The American Haiku Movement

. . . by the late 1980s haiku poets around the world were gradually becoming aware of each other, and tentative contacts were beginning to be made.
Two Japanese guests, Yamamoto Kenkichi and Mori Sumio, were invited to participate in the festivities celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Haiku Society of America (HSA) on September 17, 1978.
source : www.modernhaiku.org


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ぼうたんの百のゆるるは湯のやうに
bôtan no hyaku no yururu wa yu no yôni

peonies --
hundreds swaying
like a hot bath


source : www.haiku-hia.com


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紅梅を近江に見たり義仲忌 

in Omi
I enjoy the red plum blossoms -
Yoshinaka Memorial Day



Minamoto no Yoshinaka 源義仲
burried at temple Gichu-Ji in Omi


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除夜の妻白鳥のごと湯浴みをり
joya no tsuma hakuchoo no goto yu-ami ori

on New Year's eve
my wife takes a bath
like a white swan





冬蕨「樹下の石仏」我と逢ふ
fuyu warabi juka no ishibotoke ware to au

winter bracken -
the stone Buddha below the trees
meets with me


Stone Buddhas and Haiku




地蔵会のこどもの色の紅冬瓜
Jizoo-e no kodomo no iro no beni toogan

the color of children
at the Jizo Service -
winter wax gourd


Jizo Bosatsu and Haiku




冬籠その一日の達磨の忌
fuyugomori sono ichinichi no Daruma no ki

winter seclusion -
one of these days in memory of
Daruma san


Daruma Memorial Day - KIGO


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Reference : Mori Sumio


Japanese Reference

森澄雄


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Kanrai (Midwinter Thunder)

Kanrai is a haiku group started before the war by KATOH Shuson when he broke away from the teachings of MIZUHARA Shuoshi. Shuoshi's sensei was TAKAHAMA Kyoshi who was instructed by MASAOKA Shiki, the father of modern haiku.
Shuson's school was termed "the faction searching for humanity".
Some of its first members include TAGAWA Hiroshi, KANEKO Tohta (very abstract, extremely involved in International haiku), MORI Sumio, KAWASAKI Tenko, YAJIMA Nagisao and other big names in Japanese haiku.
The magazine "Fuyoh" (Rose Mallow) run by SUGAWA Yoko sprang out of the Kanrai melting pot. Shuson passed away in 1993 and now the group is run by a committee. It is a fairly traditional haiku school involved with searching for truths using nature as a theme. Kanrai magazine has monthly meetings on the third Sunday of the month and is also published monthly.
source : Dhugal J. Lindsay


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Related words


. Kato Shuson, 加藤楸邨  



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anonymous said...

A long life.
Sad to hear about the passing of poets their voices now forever memories.

anonymous said...

thank you !