Poetry Friday: Greetings from Japan

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Hello, friends, and welcome to Poetry Friday! I’m thrilled to be hosting today, for the very first time!

If we haven’t met before, my name is Jane, and I am the Raincity Librarian! Thank you so much for stopping by my corner of the internet this week, it’s lovely to have you here.

I’m preparing this post ahead of time, because by the time you read this, I’ll be in…..

OSAKA, JAPAN!

My partner and love Osaka – we first visited this foodie city in December 2016, and we loved it so very much that we just had to come back. We’re here in Japan for two weeks, and we’ll be staying in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, eating and drinking all of the delicious things that Japan has to offer!

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And so, allow me to re-use two haikus I wrote during my last trip to Japan, back in 2016. The sentiments still very much apply!

Exploring the world,

Walking, eating and drinking,

Sleep is for the weak!

………………………….

A taste of this, and

A nibble of that, with a

Sip to wash it down!

Be sure to share your Poetry Friday posts below, and have a great weekend!

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49 Comments

  • Reply April Halprin Wayland

    Jane ~ I loved Japan…enjoy–and yum, yum, yum!

    At TeachingAuthors we’re celebrating our annual 3 Weeks of Thanks-giving, honoring teachers or authors to whom we’re grateful. I’m thanking author and revolutionary librarian Jella Lepman, who created the International Youth Library and IBBY–International Board on Books for Young People. An amazing woman, she’s inspired me to keep fighting for what’s right…and my poem reflects that.

    My link goes live on Friday morning:
    http://www.teachingauthors.com/2017/11/jella-lepman-childrens-books-for-world.html

    April Halprin Wayland

    November 17, 2017 at 3:53 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      What a wonderful individual to celebrate! Thanks for visiting!

      November 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply robbiesinspiration

    Lovely poems, Jane. Have a wonderful time in Japan.

    November 17, 2017 at 3:56 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you! 😊

      November 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply lindabaie

    Hi Jane! How exciting to be hosting from Japan! Thank you, and enjoy all those ‘nibbles’! I told Irene Latham I would post her link, & will try, but am sharing it here too! http://irenelatham.blogspot.com/2017/11/two-small-poems-for-november.html

    November 17, 2017 at 3:56 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      It’s wonderful to be back in the country I love! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      November 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply cvarsalona

    Jane, it is so exciting to get this post from Japan. Have a wonderful holiday. The food and drink look very interesting. LOL with your thought sleep is for the weak. Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday this week. A few of us are at #NCTE17 and we will have a poets’ get together on Saturday night.

    November 17, 2017 at 3:58 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      My partner is a real foodie, so he’s in heaven! 😁 Thanks for stopping by!

      November 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Kiesha Shepard

    Yum! Such a fun haiku to celebrate your memorable trip. Thanks so much for hosting, Jane!

    November 17, 2017 at 4:06 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      It’s hard not to be inspired when you travel, right? 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

      November 22, 2017 at 2:26 am
  • Reply Alan j Wright

    Thank you for hosting Jane. Thank you also for sharing a little of your travels in Japan. Hope this trip inspires more poetry just like your previous visit.

    November 17, 2017 at 4:12 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I’m sure it will – Japan is such an inspiring place to be! Thanks for stopping by!

      November 22, 2017 at 2:27 am
  • Reply Fats Suela

    Hi Jane! I am so thrilled for you! I’ve never been to Japan and I’ve always wanted to go. My partner was deployed in Japan for two years when he was in the Air Force. He worked at the fire department of the Yokota Air Force Base. Happy to hear that you got to visit again! “Sleep is for the weak” is right! Have a fabulous time! =)

    November 17, 2017 at 4:20 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you! I’m blessed to be able to travel as often and as far away as I do, and I relish every moment of it. 😊 Thanks so much for stopping by!

      November 22, 2017 at 2:28 am
  • Reply Sally Murphy (@sallymurphy)

    Thanks for hosting, Jane – and for taking the poetry community with you on your trip.

    November 17, 2017 at 4:29 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      It’s been my pleasure to host, thanks for stopping by!

      November 22, 2017 at 2:29 am
  • Reply Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Hope you’re enjoying your time in Japan, Jane! My eldest daughter visited that area earlier this year and loved it. Thanks for hosting, as well…the InLinkz app doesn’t seem to be working, but today I’m sharing more #PoetryCubed responses along with an interview Deb Williams did with me about “Flashlight Night:” https://wp.me/p2DEY3-1Lg (Link goes live shortly after midnight EST)

    November 17, 2017 at 4:36 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      The Kansai region is a favourite of ours, this is our second trip to Osaka, and third to Tokyo, and if we have our way, it won’t be our last!

      And thanks for sharing that great interview!

      November 22, 2017 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Michelle Kogan

    How exciting Jane, hosting from Japan. I have two very close friends there, and I hope to visit them someday. Your haikus are fun, enjoy all the food and site; and thanks for hosting!

    November 17, 2017 at 4:40 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I hope you do get to visit, it’s like nowhere else in the world!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      November 22, 2017 at 7:36 am
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    November 17, 2017 at 4:55 am
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    November 17, 2017 at 5:05 am
  • Reply Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    Please excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my chin! Thank you so much for celebrating Poetry Friday with us from afar! And so many congratulations on your WILD ONE! Enjoy the rest of your trip! xx

    November 17, 2017 at 6:14 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you – it’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the past few months! And what better way to explore a culture than through its food? 😉 Thanks for visiting!

      November 22, 2017 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Linda Mitchell

    Wow! Japan again. I’m jealous. Thank you for hosting! I’m attempting to summarize the poetry I’ve been swimming in during recent conferences at https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/ this week.

    November 17, 2017 at 8:19 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I always feel so inspired after conferences, but sometimes a bit too inspired, and I need to step back and try and organize all the ideas swimming through my head !😊

      Thanks for dropping by!

      November 22, 2017 at 7:39 am
  • Reply bookseedstudio/jan

    Look how connected we feel with for what most of us is the way over there other side of the wonderful world! Appreciations, Jane, for these intriguing food photographs & for the concise & alluring Japan travel Haiku.

    I wonder what it would be like to read an entire travel report that is shared in Haiku? You’ve begun!

    Bookseedstudio
    https://www.bookseedstudio.wordpress.com

    November 17, 2017 at 11:09 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Hmmmm, I’ll have to see if my haiku skills are up to the challenge! 😁😁

      November 23, 2017 at 9:22 am
  • Reply bookseedstudio

    Bookseedstudio URL for Nov. 17, 2017: https://bookseedstudio.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/library-love/

    More travel charms to you in Japan!

    November 17, 2017 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Laura Shovan

    Have a wonderful trip. Japan is on my bucket list of places to visit.

    While you’re sampling dishes in Osaka, I’m baking peanut butter cookies. I entered my recipe for spicy PB cookies in a contest recently. They didn’t win, so I’m sharing the recipe, along with Edwin Romond’s memory poem “Peanut Butter Cookies,” and my own Golden Shovel poem, taken from Romond’s first line.

    http://www.raincitylibrarian.ca/?p=20201

    November 17, 2017 at 11:55 am
  • Reply jama

    Lucky you! Japan is fascinating and very delicious. Thanks for the delightful haiku and for hosting this week. Have a fabulous time!

    November 17, 2017 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Penny Parker Klostermann

    Thanks for hosting, Jane. I hope you’re having a wonderful trip!

    November 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    Enjoy your time in Japan! I hope you will have many more haiku to share about your experiences this time!

    November 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Diane Mayr

    Enjoy all the nibbles, Jane, and take plenty of pictures so we can enjoy it all, too!

    November 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Tabatha

    Thanks for hosting, Jane! Hope you are sampling some tasty treats. Looking forward to hearing about it!

    November 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thanks so much, and thanks for stopping by! 😊

      November 23, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Little Willow

    Thanks for hosting! I posted The Giant Slide by Ted Kooser at my blog, Bildungsroman: https://slayground.livejournal.com/862263.html

    November 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      A wonderful choice! Thanks for stopping by!

      November 23, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Tara Smith

    Looks so delicious! Thanks for hosting today! I’m in with a poem about winter (gulp!):
    https://ateachinglifedotcom.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/poetry-friday-at-the-beginning-of-winter-by-tom-hennen/

    November 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Oh no, I’m not ready for winter quite yet! 😉

      November 23, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    Jane, Thanks for hosting. Those photos look delicious. Have a wonderful time.

    November 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you, and thanks so much for stopping by!

      November 23, 2017 at 9:27 am
  • Reply karadhya

    Hi, Jane. Nice to meet you! I went to Japan for the first time last spring. Will definitely be returning! Here is my Poetry Friday post: https://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/2017/11/poetry-friday-wintry-night.html

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    November 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Oh, I would love to visit Japan in the spring and see all the blossoms!!

      November 23, 2017 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Rebecca Herzog

    I would love to visit Japan some day. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great time!

    November 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Donna Smith

    My daughter visited Japan and absolutely loved it there! Have a wonderful time! And thanks for hosting today!

    November 19, 2017 at 1:35 am
  • Reply katswhiskers

    I’m checking in a little late, this weekend. But not too late to wish you safe travels and fabulous food! Enjoy, Jane!

    November 19, 2017 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Robyn Hood Black

    I hope you all are having a glorious time – Happy Thanksgiving from here! :0)

    November 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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