Susumu Takiguchi

Susumu is a Japanese poet, artist, and essayist.  He has been resident in England since 1971.

In the field of
haiku, Takiguchi's great uncle, Naoh Kataoka, was a close pupil of Takahama Kyoshi (1874-1959).  Born in 1944 into a family versed in haiku and other Japanese literary tradition, Susumu dabbled in haiku as a young boy, and has enjoyed the art ever since - nearly fifty years.  He became more serious about the haiku art when he delved, in primary and secondary school days, into the literature of Koyo, Soseki, Shiki, Meisetsu, Ogai, and other 'Meiji' writers.

However, it was while doing his research into
Basho as Lecturer in 'Japanese Language and Civilization' at the 'University of Aston' in Birmingham, UK, that he started to write haiku as a full-fledged haiku poet.  Susumu's haigo (haiku nom de plume) is Ryuseki, which means 'stream and stone' (or more mysteriously 'floating stone').  This has led him to become involved with many haiku practitcioners and scholars both in Japan and other countries.  He has held numerous public lectures on haiku, and is a member of the 'Japan Classical Haiku Association', 'Haiku Society of America', and of other haiku organizations.  He served as Vice-President of the 'British Haiku Society', in charge of dealing with Japan and liaison with the academic world.

In 1998,
Susumu Takiguchi founded the 'World Haiku Club' in order to run the 'World Haiku Festival 2000', a five-year project aimed at making a contribution to the development of the world haiku movement.  As Chairman of this thriving world-wide haiku network, he wishes to work together with like-minded haiku lovers to help develop what has become a world literary asset which has great scope and potential still to be developed as a new literary form in the 21st century.

In another professional area, painting is where his heart lies.
Takiguchi was first introduced to Western-style painting in Kyushu, Japan, when he was a small boy under the tutelage of a local artist Shinichiro Murakami, the father of the novelist Ryu Murakami. He was also influenced by his uncle Yoshitada, who is a banker/artist.  Landscape paintings were his most favourite genre then, and have become his main area of expertise. He received further training in painting from various artists who taught at different art clubs and private schools to which he belonged.

After coming to England for study in economics at 'Oxford',
Susumu spent a year at the 'Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art' in the 1970's.  He now paints not only in the Western style, but also in the traditional Japanese style.  Also, by combining the two styles, Takiguchi is trying to create a new style of haiga.  He believes that in his pictorial language, all paintings are reduced to three factors, be they figurative, abstract, or anything else; colour, form and composition.  Music and poetry also play a part in his painting.  His works are generally held to be colourful, merry and uplifting.

Takiguchi has experienced many different careers, including financial correspondent with the 'Nikkei Economic Journal; Editor-in-Chief, 'The Art Market Report'; art critic and part-time instructor at 'Oxford University'; lecturer at 'Aston University in Birmingham'; 'Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Research, Nomura International PLC.  Susumu is currently 'Director of Ami-Net Oxford International', and Chairman of the 'World Haiku Club'.  He has written numerous technical articles in various fields, and also has produced many translation works.

He was educated at '
Waseda University in Tokyo', and the 'University of Oxford.'  Publications include 'Kyoshi - A Haiku Master', 'Ami-Net International Press', England, 1997; 'Ushizu no Zaregoto' (an anthology of haiku); 'The Twaddle of an Oxonian - Haiku Poems & Essays', 'Ami-Net International Press', England, 2000. Takiguichi has also translated into Japanese: 'The Fake's Progress' by Tom Keating, Geraldine Norman, Frank Norman, Shincho-sha, Japan; 'Naked Came I' (the life of August Rodin) by David Weiss, 'Futami-shobo, Japan, 'Towards The Tamarind Trees' by Anthony Trew, 'Hayakawa-shobo, Japan;  and 'Modesty Blaise' by Peter O'Donnell.

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