Wednesday, 30 January 2013


The favourite biscuit of the Shogun
inspired by the land of the rising sun
really this poem should be a Haiku
but we couldn't count syllables, boo hoo :(

The home of the geisha, samurai, sushi
and Cio-Cio San - who's she?
Puccini's Madame Butterfly of course
(btw do these biscuits contain any horse?)

The fair islands of Sumo,
Aikido, Karate and Judo
respect and honour build foundations so strong
p'raps that's their secret of living so long

PS. Below are some Nippon Haikus - we eventually managed to count the syllables
(remember it's 5,7,5!)

Vert rolling hillsides
the setting of the red sun
pink on the landscape

A glad warm evening
a beautiful Geisha smiles
ignites hearts' desires

Rubs salt into thighs
the sumo wrestler stands firm
strong like a mountain

Kimonos' colours bright
swirling swishing sultry sound
a light breeze whispers

Sun rises above land
paddy fields soak up the rays
backs bend under hats

Turning, feinting leaves
winter's vapours and dark rain
turning Japanese

Snow capped Mount Fuiji
high speed train rushing
ancient garden maples gold

At Tokyo Crossing
people more buzzing than honey bees
their daily lives melt

The geisha girl stands
in dress ceremonial
pleased to serve her client

Two feet bound and small
white face and silk kimono
lowered eyes shy smile

Nissan, Suzuki
Toyota, Mitsubishi,
and a Mazda 2

Rustling kimonos
bring kneeling painted faces
pouring tea for men

Summer umbrellas
blossom floats down from the trees
long sultry evenings

Biscuit: Nippon
Taste test: 7.5 out of 10
Cost: Another gift from Esther - strangely they are German not Japanese


  1. Oh my. You are just getting better and better! Love the rhyming of Haiku with boo hoo - think its a literary first!! Really looking forward to the biscuit poetry night!

  2. Thanks Kristina - it took us a while this week, wasn't easy but we persevered through the blood, sweat, tears and swearing!

  3. How do these go with saki?

  4. Not bad with saki but better with tea.
    Biscuits and tea ignite our poetry,
    Biscuits and saki just make us narky.

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Please tell us what you think about our poems and the biscuits