On Saturday 8th of October, Year 9 pupils who are currently studying Japanese attended a Haiku workshop led by Mr Paul Conneally, whose Haiku name is “Little Onion”! He taught us the differences between Western Haiku and Japanese Haiku. We also learnt about the different interpretations of “Old pond” by Basho, a Haiku master.
We read some of Little Onion’s Haikus, and we came up with a season for each Haiku. He then took us on a Ginko (a walk to get inspiration for creating Haiku) and we wrote our own Haiku, inspired by the nature around the school campus.
He showed us that Haiku was about freedom, nature and creative expression, instead of just the 5/7/5 syllable count. We were free to create our own Haiku with any amount of syllables.
The workshop was inspiring, and we learnt a lot about Haiku poems and the Haiku poets. It helped develop our understanding of Japanese culture, and was really insightful for all of us who learn Japanese!