Jan 14


Roland Kelts (Osaka, 1998-99), author of Japanamerica, has reviewed all haiku submissions containing the designated word “pop“ for Haiku Challenge #3 and has selected a winner to receive a free copy of Japanamerica + Susan Napier’s Anime:  From Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle.

Says Roland:  “As a half-Japanese drummer and writer, I can’t resist finding a paradiddle and bubble-blowing carp in a haiku. Congratulations, Julie Matysik–and thanks to all for stellar contributions.”


A paradiddle.

The sticks connect, pop, bounce,

like koi blowing bubbles.

Julie Matysik (Yamanashi-ken, 2006-07)


Click “Read More” to read the rest of the haiku submissions…

With a pop of light

Night becomes a summer day

Flowers bloom in sky

Jonathan Trace (Fukuoka-ken, 2005-08)


New Year is now here
Filled with hope for Obama
Ready to pop with change!

Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken, 2000-03)


Rising sun blazing
Pop goes my Pocari Sweat
Brow wiped by hanky

Randall David Cook (Fukui-ken, 1991-93)


I landed a part
With five other handsome guys
I’m a pop star now.

Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08)

Design destruction,
Wasted ink on fine Paper,
This pop art stuff sucks.

Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08)

Harajuku Cosplay Fun,
I Love Pop Japan

Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08)


Pop from childhood dreams
To my daughter’s nursery walls
Good night, Totoro.

Meredith Hodges-Boos (Ehime-ken, 2003-05)

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