FEATURING INVITED HAIKU POET VICTOR P. GENDRANO AND OUR RESIDENT STAFF, MARY RODNING, HIROMI INOUE, SHISEN, CHOSHI and JASMINKA DJORDJEVIC

Our Traditional Haiga section is the collaborative work of Haigaonline's own team of resident staff artists. Once we have our selection of haiku, Mary paints for them; Hiromi translates them into Japanese; Shisen does the calligraphy, and Choshi composes and records an original music setting for bamboo flute. Finally, Jasminka adds the finishing touches by merging each haiku with its image and calligraphy.

This issue's honored poet, Victor was born in the Philippines, studied at Syracuse University, NY and now resides in California. A retired librarian from the Los Angeles County Public Library, he composes haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, cinquain, sijo and free verse, writing in both English and Tagalog. He has a blog, Haiku and Senryu Harvest, a page on Facebook, and participates in the World Haiku Club, the Tanka Society of America, the Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society and the Southern California Haiku Study Group. His poetry has appeared in two published collections, Rustle of Bamboo Leaves (2005) and Haiku and Tanka Harvest (2011), as well as in a wide range of both print and online poetry journals. I well remember that he contributed a haiga to the first issue of Haigaonline that I published as editor!

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HAIKU THIS HAIGA FEATURING A HAIKU BY ANDREA ELDRIDGE

From the beginning, Haigaonline's signature feature has been the Traditional Haiga section. Here we feature multimedia haiga by our resident staff. Mary B. Rodning paints the image; Hiromi Inoue translates the haiku into Japanese; Shisen adds the calligraphy; Choshi creates a musical setting for bamboo flute, and finally, Jasminka puts on the finishing touches by marrying calligraphy to image. Once again it was difficult to select just one, so we're publishing the full set of submissions in a Flash slideshow. The haiku we've chosen for the traditional haiga is Andrea's, which has a special magic.

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Click here for the slideshow with all the submissions.
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And click here for the haiga featuring Andrea's haiku:

surprise appearance!
the magician’s assistant
on the plum tree branch

AND, FINALLY, OUR NEXT HAIKU THIS HAIGA

Here's Mary's newest painting. Click on the thumbnail to see the full image and Instructions for submitting. 06
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