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Category: Photo & Haiku Friday

Photo & Haiku Friday: Japanese Trump Mask

Every Friday I like to write a too-cool-for-school haiku inspired by a photo from JapanI bribe my wife to add her own as well, so we can get as many interpretations as possible, and sometimes a Japanese one happens to float in off a gentle breeze of inspiration.

Last week we looked at an advertisement for a hospital from hell. Here’s this week’s photo, a screenshot of a mask for sale on a Japanese website:

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My English haiku:
Sold out of Trump masks
Now I must find something else
To impress my friends

Abbey’s haiku:
Why are you yelling?
Sit down and eat your dinner
Here comes the airplane

My Japanese haiku:
日の出のよう
肩から出てる
黄金うんこ

(Like a sunrise)
(It comes out from the shoulders)
(A golden turd)

(Images via Ogawa Studios)

Photo & Haiku Friday: Hospital from Hell… in my Hometown

Every Friday I like to write an ode to a photo in Japan with a hot-off-the-keyboard haiku. Sometimes a Japanese one happens to float in off a gentle breeze of inspiration as well.

Last week we looked at a Shiba Inu in Halloween costume. Here’s this week’s photo that I took at my local train station, a lovely advertisement for a hospital:

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My English haiku:
COME TO MY CLINIC
THAT THING? DON’T WORRY IT’S GONE
THE HUMAN IS DEAD

My Japanese haiku:
安心して
ロボットに任せ
痛いかも

(Just relax)
(Let the robot do its thing)
(It might hurt a bit)

Photo & Haiku Friday: Stegosaurus Shiba Dog

Every Friday I like to decorate desecrate a photo in Japan with a heavenly haiku. I bribe my wife to add her own as well, so we can get as many interpretations as possible, and sometimes a Japanese one happens to float in off a gentle breeze of inspiration.

Last week we composed haiku for a mama praying mantis. Here’s this week’s photo of a shiba dog in a stegosaurus costume for Halloween:

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My English haiku:
Dog’s got his costume
Ready to go trick or treat
Hope they give out bones!

Abbey’s English haiku:
Howl-loween costume
I’m a stegosaurus, bitch
Wait, how do I poop?

My Japanese haiku:
犬ごころ
ステゴサウルス
魂かな

(The heart of a dog)
(The soul of a)
(Stegosaurus)

Photo & Haiku Friday: Mama Mantis

Every Friday I like to celebrate a photo in Japan with a freshly-formed haiku. I bribe my wife to add her own as well, so we can get as many interpretations as possible, and sometimes a Japanese one happens to float in off a gentle breeze of inspiration.

Last week we haiku-ed up a cat wall. Here’s this week’s photo of a pregnant praying mantis:

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My English haiku:
Fingers can destroy
Infinite generations
Or help create them

Abbey’s English haiku:
Little bug I love you
Don’t climb up that wall just yet
Let’s take a selfie

My Japanese haiku:
「写メすんなよ!」
「でぶで化粧ない」
妊婦の虫

(“Don’t take my picture!”)
(“I’m fat and have no make up.”)
(The pregnant insect)

Photo & Haiku Friday: Cat Wall

Every Friday I like to commemorate a photo in Japan with a hot-out-the-oven haiku. I bribe my wife to add her own as well, so we can get as many interpretations as possible, and sometimes a Japanese one happens to float in off a gentle breeze of inspiration.

Last week we came up with lovely odes to a bear mug. Here’s this week’s photo, taken at Inuyama in Aichi prefecture:

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My English haiku:
“Hey dawg what color
Are you gonna be today?”
“I think polka dot.”

Abbey’s English haiku:
Inuyama trip
Dogs everywhere sniffing butts
Even on the walls

My Japanese haiku:
2次元犬
1次元の列
3次元写真

(Two-dimensional dogs)
(In a one-dimensional line)
(A three-dimensional picture)

Photo & Haiku Friday: Bear Mug

Every Friday I like to decorate a photo in Japan with a fresh-off-the-frontal-lobe haiku. I bribe my wife to add her own as well, so we can get as many interpretations as possible, and sometimes a Japanese one happens to float in on the wind as well.

Last week we composed beautiful words to chair socks. Here’s this week’s photo, also taken at a 100-yen store nearby our apartment:

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My English haiku:
Why did I wake up?
Where is my reason to live?
Only coffee bear knows

Abbey’s English haiku:
I’m HERE, you are THERE
Please don’t touch my underwear
You perverted bear

My Japanese haiku:
目閉じれない!
ここってどこだろ?
蜜地獄

(I can’t close my eyes!)
(Tell me where is “here” anyway?)
(You are in Honey Hell)

Photo & Haiku Friday: Chair Socks

There’s a lot of crazy stuff in Japan. Crazy cool, crazy beautiful, and just plain old crazy.

So every Friday I’d like to show off a small sampling of that craziness with a photo I’ve taken while living here and adorn it with a lovingly crafted haiku poem. I’ll bribe my wife to add her own inspired poem as well, and if inspiration hits me in the balls then I may include a Japanese one as well.

Here’s this week’s photo, taken at a 100-yen store nearby our apartment:

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My English haiku:
Hey man have you heard?
Chair socks – they’re like socks for chairs
Chairs get cold feet too

Abbey’s English haiku:
Oh so elegant
The chair socks, fuzzy and warm
Now let’s try them on

My Japanese haiku:
子のないおば
いすにソックスを
成長しない

(An old woman with no children)
(Puts socks on a chair)
(It will never grow up)