From Japan, the very, very sad news that Mr. Teruo Yamagata has died.
He was involved with Yuki Teikei Haiku Society from our very beginnings
when we were an offshoot of the Yukuharu Haiku Society in Japan to which he belonged.
He visited us whenever he traveled to California; we were thrilled
when he came to the celebrations for our Twenty-fifth Anniversary in 2000.
no sooner swept
than on the same street
each new grain of rice
seems to stand with the others
in the straw bag
for children to play
a game of hide-and-seek
a field of haystacks
which should I choose
Mt. Fuji or Ukiyoe
than a cathedral
These haiku appeared in the 2014 Member's Anthology,
which was titled Scattered Acorns after his haiku.