Category Archives: Haikus

Messages to Magnificent Kyoto

Osaka Castle 2Osaka Castle Osaka Castle  3  Stands tall against the moonlight. Girls trying to scale Osaka Castle  Fear no one but God.Scaling Osaka Castle

Kyoto 4.16.14Two thousand temples.  Kyoto City Scape+ Cherry Blossoms Kyoto, have you heard of Budhhist Worshipper 4.16.14  The God who loves you? Girls with Cherry Blossoms“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
(The Bible, Jeremiah 31:3) Buddhist Temple
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(The Bible, John 3:16)

What Wondrous Love Is This?
An American Folk Hymn

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb,
Who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.

Hiakus Inspired by Visiting Beautiful Asian Temples

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?)Main Gate#1. Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?) 3 Magnificent gates, Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?) Map  Orange ensigns up the mountain,  Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?)inside Do you know the Way?

Sanjusangendo Temple 8#2. Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂Sanjusangendo Temple 1 Musashi master,  Sanjusangendo Temple 5 Warrior who defends honor,  Sanjusangendo Temple 6 Do you know the Truth?

Sanjusangendo Temple 2#3. Also at Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂Wiki Sanjusangendo_1979.1.55P01B One thousand fierce gods Sanjūsangen-dō 2 Aligned within the temple, Sanjūsangen-dō 3  Do you know the Life?

Sanjūsangen-dō 9#4. Jesus is the Way Sanjūsangen-dō 4 The Truth, the Life. He alone  Sanjūsangen-dō 10 Leads to the Father.  Buddhas in Beijing “Every goldsmith is put to shame for his carved image, for his cast images are a lie; there is no breath in them” (Jeremiah 10:14).

(I took all the pictures except the one of the 1,000 standing statues of the Senju Kannon inside Sanjūsangen-dō. We were asked not to take pictures of these particular deities, which I respected. That one picture was taken from Wiki and is public domain.)

Hiakus on the Allure of Japanese Beauty: Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺)

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺  2While Alan and I were visiting Japan with Mike and Grace’s family, we enjoyed seeing many gorgeous palaces and temples with them. Several of my favorites, which inspired hiakus,  are pictured here. The first is on Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺), also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) 10#1. Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺)

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺  4 Golden pavilion Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺  5 Reflected in quiet pools, Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺  1  Can you speak English?

DSC_1073#2. Beautiful palace DSC_1060  Nestled in the mountainside, DSC_1113 My steps pursue you.

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺  3 #3. Flower-laced pathway Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺 8 How you draw me to you, but Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺 9 Is yours the right way?

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (The Bible, Jeremiah 6:16)

Hiakus Inspired by Visiting Japan

Aerial View of Japan#1. On the Prosperity of Japan Kyoto at Night Bustling cityscapes. Factory in Kyoto Japan Ambitious, industrious,  Kyoto Wealth Prosperous Japan.

 #2. Hidden Temples Kyoto Overhung with Cherry Blossoms Along quiet streets, DSC_0641 We chance upon a temple. DSC_0647Which way shall we go?

DSC_0677#3. Decisions DSC_0642 Shall we keep trudging Japanese TempleAlong life’s busy pathway, DSC_0656 Or pause to worship? Japanese Temple“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker” (Psalm 95:6).

Hiakus About Seoul’s Cherry Blossom Festivals

Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 4#1. Seoul’s National Assembly FestivalNational Assembly Cheery Blossom Festival 4.8.14 April comes and goes. Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 1 Cherry blossoms reign, but then Cherry Petals on Ground Cherry blossoms rain.

Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 7 #2. Cherry Blossom Cloud BurstSeoul Cherry Blossom Festival 10 Cherry blossoms burst Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 14Like clouds of snowy showers Raining Cherry Blossoms Descending to earth.

Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 2#3. Delight in SpringSeoul Cherry Blossom Festival 6 Sunshine warms the earth, Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 5Gentle breezes blow, and we Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 9Dance in flower rain.

Street Vendors at South Korea's Cherry Blossom Festival#4. Young at HeartSeoul Cherry Blossom Festival 13 All children play games, Cindarella's carriage But who can resist the fun? Kids with Koreans inside Cindarella's carriage Even grown ups play!

Tulips 4.8.15 S. Korea copy #5. Giving Beauty to OthersSeoul Cherry Blossom Festival 12 Petals adorn hair, Lilies filled with cherry blossom petals 4.8.14 copyAnd ornament gardens, but Flowers. S. Korea 4.8.14 copy Their own beauty fades.

Apple Blossoms 4.8.15 #6. Fleeting Earthly Beauty Garden in a pot. S. Korea 4.8.14 copy All flesh is as grass: Seoul Cherry Blossom Festival 3 Glorious at first, but its Koreans at Cherry Blossom Festival 3Beauty fades away.

Columbine 4.8.14 S Korea copyFor all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
1 Peter 1:24-25

Hiakus for NaPoWriMo: The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung PalaceChangdeokgung Palace in Seoul, Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 17  is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace  14 built by the kings of the Josean Dynasty in Korea. Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 3 This palace first built in 1405 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 16 not only for its architecture, Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 14but also for its design being “in harmony with nature,” Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 18 and its 78-acre garden, which is considered to be Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 7 “one of the most enchanting spaces in Korea.” Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 9 I thought so too! Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 15 The following three hiakus reflect my feelings Azaleas and Forsythia at Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace copy as I explored what the Koreans themselves call their Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 10‘Biwon’ (비원, 秘院)…”Secret Garden.” Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 6#.1  Secret garden, come,  Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 1 Let me walk within your walls  Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 12 ‘Til I know you well.  Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 8 #2. Secret garden, please, Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 12Reveal your secrets to me. Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 2 Then we shall be friends.  Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 5 #.3 Secret garden, hear,  Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 4 I will share my secret too:  Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace 11 Jesus is our friend. Azaleas at Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace copy“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant” (The Bible, Proverbs 25:14).

Hiakus Reflecting on North and South Korea

Thoughts on the Painful Divide Between North and South Korea:  Tangled Glory of Spring near City #1. Dissension’s Sorrow Children Imitating Frozen Characters North and South: Bad Blood. South Korean Children playing Not only in Korea, Frozen Images But around the world.

Child Looking Up#.2  Prayers for Forgiveness and Peace World's Largest Christian Church in Seoul World’s largest church IMG_4444 It’s so hard to forgive, but Prayers on  TreesJesus asks us to. Spring Blossoms“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings” (Malachi 4:2).