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Rarely do we come across an idea that stops us in our tracks. The photo above was posted on a Facebook list along with the artist's haiku. Both were so beautiful that I sought permission to post them here as a haiga composition, joining the haiku and image.
Kit Nagamura lives in Tokyo with her husband and teenage son. She is a long-term columnist for the Japan Times, a fiction editor at Kodansha, Ltd., an art photographer, public speaker in support of Japanese artisans, and a member of the Haiku International Association.
Through our few messages to one another, I learned that Ms. Nagamura's father designed the Ichimura Japanese Garden in Miami, Florida. His daughter has had a lifetime of close association with his genius, which has helped to fine-tune her senses to the Japanese garden esthetic. Still, this does not account for the inspiration her haiku reveals - a storehouse of lovely imagery.
Thank you, Kit. You made my day!
See examples of Kit Nagamura's photos:
See a brief description of the Ichimura-en in Miami: