Category Archives: Haiku

8 Hilariously Nonthreatening Monsters from Japanese Folklore


And now for some not so scary monsters.

Tokyo Desu

Japanese folklore and horror stories are known for their psychologically terrifying ghosts and monsters that prey on the minds and bodies of humans. For some of the most horrific examples, one need look no further than the Japanese horror boom of the early 2000’s, with the likes of The Ring and The Grudge introducing the west to a new, iconic generation of supernatural villains.

But there’s also a lighter side to Japanese folklore, where bumbling spirits cause only mild annoyance, actually enhance your daily life, and otherwise generally botch the whole job of haunting mankind and teaching vague moral lessons about treating your parents with respect and such. Here are our top eight most hilariously nonthreatening monsters – called Yokai – from Japanese stories:


The Nurikabe is a sentient wall that’s said to be impossible to walk around or climb. It doesn’t seem to have any nefarious intentions and…

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DewDrop World


This is a song written by David G Lanoue based off of Issa’s Haiku.

tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara

this world
is a dewdrop world
yes… but…

Thank you to my daughter for the performance and to David for permission to use the song.

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This world is a dewdrop world
Things pass, no, nothing lasts
A boy and a little girl
On a dewdrop
Tiny dewdrop
It’s a dewdrop world

He loves how she looks at him
She loves his shining skin
Hot sun burns away the pearls
Of the dewdrops
Tiny dewdrops
It’s a dewdrop world

A ring made of hard, cool stone
Tells her she’s not alone
They watch lazy smoke rings curl
On a dewdrop
That they can’t stop
Fading dewdrop world

Call for help


Dear Readers,

I am asking for your help. My daughter has entered a guitar contest for the musical “We Will Rock You” and needs your votes. If she wins she will get a walk on roll in the musical. This is an awesome chance and you can help make it happen.
Just click on the link and vote. Also please share this with your friends and urge them to vote. Thank you in advance for voting.


Here is Link

  • Our daughter featured by Dr. Brian May of Queen


    This is a reblog from Dr. Brian May of Queen. Mia presented this video she created and Dr. May featured it on his blog. Dr. May’s Blog

    **Sat 21 Dec 13**
    Direct link

    Every now and then something comes into my inbox which is beautiful and extraordinary. And completely unexpected.

    Here is a video made by someone I have never met, from elements of an existing video game, depicting a true story.

    It absolutely captured my heart. I asked her if she’d allow me to share it with my ‘readers’ and she’s kindly said yes.

    So here, created by Mia from ‘Sims 3’ characters she created herself, is a film …

    based on one of my favourite and lesser-known QUEEN tracks ….


    Enjoy ! And if you’re tweeting [or Facebooking], and you enjoyed it, please spread the word – this lady deserves it !




    The Misguided Monk


    Wonderful animated short with a lesson. Watch your thoughts as they become deeds. Watch your actions as they become your destiny.

    Buddhism now

    Misguided Monk By Tom LongWhen an old hermit monk has his day interrupted by an uninvited guest, he is unwillingly taken on a journey to discover the true meaning of companionship.

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    Animation by Tom Long

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    Haiku Contest


    My dear friends,

    My daughter is competing in a haiku contest for scholarship $. Please vote for her and/or enter yourself. Thank you.

    Yellow River


    old man standing
    in the middle of the night-
    yellow moon river

    Standing looking at the nearly full moon last night I thought of this and the old joke. It is a book title called.

    “Yellow River” by I. P. Daily