Discover Japan Goes to UK

31 Mar
photo by Bobby under a creative commons license

photo by Bobby under a creative commons license

Last month I received the news that The Huffington Post UK was going to host Discover Japan blog.  I was pleasantly surprised by the opportunity to share this blog with the people of England and beyond.  My first post about Fukushima appeared on the site earlier this month.

Some of you may know that I also write about music therapy, end-of-life care, and grief at “Yumiko Sato Music Therapy.”  The Japanese version of this blog is now hosted on The Huffington Post Japan.

The content of my two blogs are different, but my goal is the same – Give readers the opportunity to look at the topics from a different perspective, whether is’t about Japan or music therapy.  I’m excited about sharing my writings with wider audiences by blogging for The Huffington Post.

The frequency of the update will probably change due to the new commitments, but I’ll continue to write my posts here.

What do you want to know about Japan?  Send me a question via contact or facebook page, and I’ll try to answer your questions.

Thank you for following this blog!


Announcing the Winner of the Autumn Haiku Contest

24 Mar

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It’s time to announce the winner of The Autumn Haiku Contest.  Out of forty six haiku submitted from all over the world including USA, France, Ireland, Greece, Israel, Australia, Philippines, and India, the readers have voted for the winner, using the polls.  The total of 472 votes have been cast, and in the final voting, 186 votes out of 258 went to this haiku by Raj Bose.

Letter from home

the smell of mother’s cooking

as I open it

Raji says, “I had written this haiku as a student in Massachusetts in the 1980′s. During the autumn season when I saw the leaves falling and weather getting cold,  I began to miss my parents. Suddenly, at my doorstep I saw a letter among the red and yellow autumn leaves. I picked it up and before I read it I could smell my mom’s curry and I knew it was a letter from home.”

Raj has been composing poems since his childhood and began writing haiku when he was living in Odawara, Japan in the 1980′s. His poems have appeared in several editions of Newsweek (Japanese version), Mainichi Daily News, Asahi News and Ginyu in Japan, and Bottlerockets, Frogpond,  A Hundred Gourds and NY Seikatsu magazines in the USA. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife.

Congratulations to Raj!  And thank you all for participating in the contest by submitting your haiku and casting your vote.

Poem for Fukushima

17 Mar

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I am a bird

Of Fukushima

I whistle morning

With the rising sun

I am a child

Of Fukushima

I whistle tomorrow

With the setting sun.

By Anick Roschi 11.04.11


 Japanese Translation:










This poem was written by Anick Roshi, a Suiss/French poet.  On the day after the third year anniversary of The Great Tohoku Earthquake, I received an email from him with the poem.  It moved me deeply, because it captured both the feelings of sadness and hope I felt for Fukushima.  Thank you, Anick, for sharing this beautiful poem.  With his permission I translated it into Japanese.


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