Japan in Spain and The Sydney Dispatch Travel Blog on Medium

At the Roman Bridge in Salamanca, Spain giving a tour to my Japanese friend Haruna-san. While visiting my daughter in Salamanca, Spain last year, I noticed Japanese influence everywhere. I’m back in Salamanca after five months in South America and three weeks in Ireland, and upon arrival had the good fortune to give Haruna Takagi … Continue reading Japan in Spain and The Sydney Dispatch Travel Blog on Medium


Two Haibun by Sydney Solis Published in The Haibun Journal Issue 4:2

I’m in Portumna, County Galway, Ireland on a self-imposed writing retreat. Having spent five months in S. America, I’m back to fall colors of splendid nature in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s good for writing haiku and haibun. I’m happy to announce that I have two haibun published in issue 4:2 of The Haibun Journal. By … Continue reading Two Haibun by Sydney Solis Published in The Haibun Journal Issue 4:2

‘Unbecome’ Haiku publication announcement by Branko

I met Jerry Gordon when I first arrived in Osaka at the Colombo Bookshop and Cafe. He is who connected me to Hailstone and more. Highly recommended to get his hand-made books. He is a true artist. I never got the pleasure to meet Branko, although he was very involved with the group when I was in Kansai. Bravo!


Hello everyone,

This is to let you know I have just published a poem in four acts in collaboration with a US poet, Jerry Gordon. The chapbook is called ‘Unbecome’.

We have privately made a total of 20 copies (10 apiece). Each book has a unique cover, hand painted using a special technique, and is hand-sewn.  I thought you or someone from haiku class might be interested in purchasing one? If anyone is interested, please let me know through the reply (comments) box below or email me (cacti”at”live.co.uk), as there are only 5 copies left (1000 yen per copy).  A sample of this book will be available to inspect at the next few Hailstone seminars in Osaka and Kyoto. 

Click on either photo to enlarge. Here’s an excerpt from a review by Stephen Gill:

“A renga-like dialogue for two (ryougin 両吟 in Jap.), I like the way it links and…

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Richard Steiner 50 Years Publication


A superb new full colour book has just come out from SAT Publications featuring 50 years of mokuhanga (woodprint) works by Icebox contributor and Hailstone book cover artist, Richard Steiner, also known as 刀斎 Tosai. The price of the book is 2,750 yen (including 10% tax). For Hailstone participants within Japan, the publishers will not charge postage (サービスです!) It is full of great design, lettering, humour and philosophy. Please consider supporting the artist? You will not regret it. Email order address is: sat-steiner”at”nifty.com

Here is a slideshow of some of the works in the book, mixed in with some of the book covers he has helped produce for Hailstone over the past two decades. For our own poetry book purchases, see our Publications page. Richard features as a poet in most of those, too!

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重森三玲 Mirei Shigemori Residence and Rock Garden Kyoto

Rocks in Japan have long been seen as sacred, John Dougill of Green Shinto points out. In Shinto there are ‘spirit-bodies’ made of rock which form the object of worship, the idea being that ancestral spirits descend into them and are made manifest. These special rocks, known as iwakura, are hung with rice rope and treated … Continue reading 重森三玲 Mirei Shigemori Residence and Rock Garden Kyoto