Episode 8: A Tour of My Favorite Saijiki

Where to Find the Three SaijikiHaiku World: An International Poetry Almanac by William J. Higginson can be purchased at many used bookstores, including AbeBooks: https://www.abebooks.com/9784770020901/Haiku-World-International-Poetry-Almanac-4770020902/plp The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words by Kenkichi Yamamoto is available at: https://thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/items/show/821 A Dictionary of Haiku Classified by Season Words with Traditional and Modern Methods by Jane ReichholdContinue reading “Episode 8: A Tour of My Favorite Saijiki”


Those familiar with the history of haiku know that the style emerged from the longer, collaborative form called renga. Renga were typically written at social gatherings, which often involved tea or sake. In my podcast episode with Jennifer Hambrick, we spoke a bit about alcohol in the haiku tradition, and acknowledged the challenges of celebratingContinue reading “Boozeku”

Food in Classical Haiku: First Thoughts

While saijiki generally focus on contemporary haiku, I also felt called to take a look at classical haiku to see how poets of the past incorporated food into their work. Since I have to rely on translation, and no two translations are the same, I plan to revisit this topic from time to time, exploringContinue reading “Food in Classical Haiku: First Thoughts”

Bonus Episode: Community Open Mic: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

In Gratitude Thank you to our anonymous donor who  bought me three coffees this month! I’m now 20% of the way toward my goal of covering website costs for the year. Those who want to support the podcast financially can do so at: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/culinarysaijiki/. Episode Contributors Christine Wenk-Harrison Listen to Christine’s previous Culinary Saijiki episode:Continue reading “Bonus Episode: Community Open Mic: Transitioning from Summer to Fall”

Seasonal Foods of the American Southwest

First, thank you to the anonymous person who bought me three coffees this month! I appreciate your support of the project, and especially for covering this year’s website costs. I’m now 13% of the way toward my goal. Readers and listeners can support The Culinary Saijiki by buying a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/culinarysaijiki. Second, remember toContinue reading “Seasonal Foods of the American Southwest”

Debatable summer haiku

Just as there isn’t always a clear distinction between one season and the next, sometimes a haiku feels seasonal without having a clear seasonal referent. I’m not talking about haiku that completely lack a kigo. Rather, I’m thinking about haiku that seem to have a kigo, yet are not clearly grounded in an identifiable season.Continue reading “Debatable summer haiku”

An Assortment of Summer Produce

This month, I wanted to do something more in line with a saijiki such as William J. Higginson’s Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac. While in many posts I’ve been listing all the seasons in sections, this time, I want to just focus on summer food kigo. Summer is one of the peak times forContinue reading “An Assortment of Summer Produce”

Episode 2: Christa Pandey: Eggplant Abundance

Note: The theme music and transitions have changed because the ones I was using from my hosting service are suddenly no longer available. I discovered this at the proverbial 11th hour, so had to make do with new stock sounds. Hopefully that didn’t cause too much confusion. If you know of anyone who enjoys writingContinue reading “Episode 2: Christa Pandey: Eggplant Abundance”

Initial Observations Part 3: Seasonal Modifiers

In my May 10th post, I noted that I have observed three broad categories of food words in haiku: Food words that are a definite seasonal referent; Food words that are not a part of any specific season; Food words that become seasonal with an additional modifying word In the May 10th post, I alsoContinue reading “Initial Observations Part 3: Seasonal Modifiers”