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Haiku Basic Information

About Japanese Haiku

With a history of more than 1200 years, Japanese Haiku is the world’s shortest poetic format. In Japanese, most Haiku include various kigo, or seasonal words, such as sakura (cherry blossoms), tsuki (moon), kareha (dead leaves), yuki (snow), and much more. This comes from the Japanese mentality that humans are a part of the natural world, living in harmony with nature.
Over time, the Haiku art gained popularity and is now loved by people all around the world. Haiku can follow either the 5-7-5 syllabic format or 3-line structure. The first step towards creating a beautiful Haiku is to focus on the fleeting moments from everyday life that leave a lasting impression on you.