Takatô AkaneTakatô Akane (高遠朱音)

Born 1985 in Tokyo, Japan (birth name Kaneko Risa)

Won the “ITO-EN Ôi Ocha New Haiku Contest” in 1999. Joined the MHA in 2000, as its youngest-ever member. In 2007, graduated from Risshô University and began work in web design. At the same time began work as a committee member of the Junior Study Department of the MHA. Her major haiku collection is Night Flyer (2009).

 

 

夜間飛行下界すべてが水族館
yakan hikô gekai subete ga suizokukan


a night flyer
all the world below
an aquarium

 

日記買う安眠のないコッペリア
nikki kau anmin no nai kopperi


buys a diary
Coppélia lacking sleep

(Note. Coppélia, a comic-ballet, concerns a Dr. Coppelius, who has invented a life-size dancing doll.)

 

空蟬に真昼の海が残っている
utsusemi ni mahiru no umi ga nokotte iru


inside an empty shell
of cicada – the sea in the afternoon
remains

 

不器用な長女の嘘ですカーネーション
bukiyô na chô jo no uso desu kânêshon


the awkward lie of an eldest daughter    carnation flower

 

水の無い水槽が好き 白夜
mizu no nai suishô ga suki byakuya


cherishing a waterless aquarium    the midnight sun

 

シャツ脱いで私の続きは初夏の海
shatsu nuide watashi no tsuzuki wa shoka no umi


taking off my shirt
the rest of the story of myself
early summer sea

 

水底の眠り遠くに蛍狩
minasoko no nemuri tôku ni hotarugari


sleep on the sea bottom – far away   hunting fireflies

 

蜻蛉孵化眉間のしわの深くなり
kagerô fuka miken no shiwa no fukaku nari


a day-fly hatches
a line between my wrinkles
deepens

 

蒼野揺らす太古のため息
aono yurasu taiko no tameiki


shaking a green field
a prehistoric sigh

 

足音に足音の影や晩夏
ashioto ni ashioto no kage ya banka


in footsteps sound footstep's shadow the end of summer