Kurimoto Japanese Garden

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Upwards, downwards;
stone climbs, water descends,
leaves hold the stillness of fire.
           ~ Chris Bullock

A common misconception about haiku poetry is that they must be written in 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Most contemporary English Language haijin [haiku poets] follow a rule of "17 syllables or less; 3 lines or less." This misconception stemmed from the assumption that sound units in the Japanese language are like syllables in the English language. But that the differences between English and Japanese would make for a much longer poem in an English-language 5-7-5 haiku than in a Japanese-language haiku.

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