Haiku poems about Christmas by Japanese famous poets

The examples of Christmas haiku with 5-7-5 style 

There are not so many Christians in Japan, but Christmas had been celebrated since the beginning of the 20th century. People did not have enough economic power to enjoy the event grandly decades before, so the classic haiku poems about Christmas in Japan were modest.
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[su_label type=”black”]Yamaguchi Seison(1892-1988)[/su_label]

 

 

<Japanese>

雪かゝり  星かゞやける  聖樹かな

Yuki kakari/ Hoshi kagayakeru/ Seiju kana

<English>

Snow falled onto,

The stars are shining,

The holy tree.

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<Japanese>

降誕祭  待つ燭こよひ  ともすなり

Wainahato/ Matsu shoku koyoi/ Tomosu nari

<English>

Weihnacht.

Tonight, the waited candle

Will be burnt light.

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<Japanese>

クリスマス  近づく雪の  こよひまた

Kurisumasu/ Chikazuku yuki no/ Koyoi mata

<English>

Farmhouse under Snowy Trees at Evening (Christmas Card, 1946), Kawase Hasui

Christmas

Is drawing near and snowing

Tonight too.

 

 

 

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<Japanese>

らふそくの  燃えゆくはたのし  クリスマス

Rousoku no/ Moeyuki ha tanoshi/ Kurisumasu

<English>

It is fun.

The candle is burning.

It’s christmas.

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[su_label type=”black”]Mitsuhashi Takajo(1899-1972)[/su_label]

 

<Japanese>

クリスマス  前夜の鐘を  もたいなく

Kurisumasu/ Zen-ya no kane wo/ Motainaku

<English>

Christmas.

The bell of the eve,

It’s grateful.

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<Japanese>

クリスマス  胡桃の樹肌  あたたかに

Kurisumasu/ Kurumi no kihada/ Atataka ni

<English>

Christmas.

The bark of the walnut tree

Has the warmth.

 

 

 

 

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[su_label type=”black”]Yamaguchi Seishi(1901-1994)[/su_label]

 

<Japanese>

わらべらに  寝ねどき過ぎぬ  クリスマス

Warabera ni/ Inedoki suginu/ Kurisumasu

<English>

To the children,

“It’s way past your bedtime”

On Christmas.

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<Japanese>

昇降機  聖誕祭の  とつくにびとと

Shokoki/ Seitansai no/ Totsukuni bito to

<English>

At the elevator.

For the Christmas party

With people.

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<Japanese>

扉のひまに  厨房見ゆる  クリスマス

To no hima ni/ Chubou miyuru/ Kurisumasu

<English>

Through  gap in the door,

I saw the kitchen.

Christmas Day.

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[su_label type=”black”]Nakamura Kusatao(1901-1983)[/su_label]

 

 

<Japanese>

隣人の  戸の音越しに  降誕祭

Rinjin no/ To no oto-goshi ni/ Koutan-sai

<English>

The neighbor’s

Sound through the door.

Christmas.

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<Japanese>

前途永き  妻に加護あれ  降誕祭

Zento nagaki/ Tsuma ni kago are/ Koutan-sai

<English>

For her long long future,

May God protect my wife.

Chistmas.

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<Japanese>

降誕祭  睫毛は母の  胸こする

Koutan-sai/ Matsuge ha haha no/ Mune kosuru

<English>

Christmas.

The eyelashes brush

Mother’s breast.

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[su_label type=”black”]Hirahata Seito(1905-1997)[/su_label]

 

 

<Japanese>

外套を山羊が銜へてクリスマス

Gaito wo / Yagi ga kuwaete/ Kurisumasu

<English>

A overcoat

Is held in a goat’s mouth.

Christmas.

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<Japanese>

白糖を  嘗めクリスマス  礼拝す

Hakuto wo/ Name kurisumasu/ Reihaisu

<English>

I licked

The refine sugar on Christamas

And worshiped.

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[su_label type=”black”]Ishida Hakyo(1913-1969)[/su_label]

 

 

<Japanese>

病棟に  イブの見舞の  はなやげる

Byoutou ni/ Ibu no mimai no/ Hanayageru

<English>

To the ward,

The visitors for Christmas eve

Give brilliant.

 

*Ishida Hakyo had suffered from the tuberculosis for more than a quarter of a century.

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<Japanese>

樹間染め  隣病舎の  聖樹の灯

Jukan some/ Tonari byousha no/ Seiju no hi

<English>

Coloring between the trees,

The next ward’s

The light of the holy tree.

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<Japanese>

塩鮭の  からき涙や  クリスマス

Shiosake no/ Karaki namida ya/ Kurisumasu

<English>

The salted salmon’s

The salty tears,

Christmas.

 

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See also 

The winter haiku poem examples by Japanese famous poets

 




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