Earth in Sunrise began in 2016. Teaching Japanese university students international haiku in English, a coursebook titled Earth in Sunrise was published, with two motivating thoughts: first, that no matter what country we hail from, as a worldwide community we share many similar concerns; and second, a desire to present excellent, published haiku from around the world. Haiku for our Earth in Sunrise event are drawn from five of the book’s 15 chapters:
- Chapter 1 Innocence and Experience
- Chapter 2 Haiku Dreams
- Chapter 3 Our Earthly Environment
- Chapter 4 Birth & Beginnings
- Chapter 5 Haiku Animals
- Chapter 6 Going to Work
- Chapter 7 The Nature of Nature
- Chapter 8 Of Love
- Chapter 9 On War
- Chapter 10 Home & Homeland
- Chapter 11 Notions of Consciousness
- Chapter 12 Social Awareness & Immigrant Life
- Chapter 13 Human Time, Geologic Time
- Chapter 14 Surrealism
- Chapter 15 The Future: Futurism
To present haiku trilingually, haiku co-translator Itō Yūki (Assistant Professor, Josai University), helped with translations into Japanese, and Dong-Won Kim translated into Korean. Performers were given the 5 main themes with accompanying haiku just weeks ahead of the performance, and asked to draw upon these texts for imagery, emotion and improvisation. Due to varying schedules, a full rehearsal proved impossible. As a result, the Earth in Sunrise performance is completely improvisational and an amazing demonstration of musicianship and shared group-collaboration. The haiku readers began at their own pace, following a subtle lighting cue. for the themes, a different solo instrument was chosen ahead of time to begin and end each.
Richard Gilbert – Producer, Engineer
Please click on the image to proceed to the first of the five themes explored in a live Earth in Sunrise performance presented at Kumamoto University on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Each page displays the theme with its accompanying shodo. Following the theme title is a video clip of theme in performance followed by the poems presented in Japanese, Korean, and English.
Each video clip may be played full screen for a fuller experience of the performance.