NAJGA is dedicated to supporting and connecting the Japanese garden community in North America including public garden staff and volunteers, garden designers and builders as well as garden enthusiasts.
We offer a variety of webinars and virtual discussions for member groups. Please see the list below to learn about upcoming programs.
To participate, simply click on the program you’re interested in to be taken to the Zoom registration page.
Upcoming Virtual Programs &
All NAJGA programs are currently free and open to the public!
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
3:30 PM-5:30 PM PDT
Japanese Gardens are the ideal place to write haiku. But what is haiku, really? It’s not just counting syllables. Join Michael Dylan Welch for a two-hour presentation and workshop exploring various “targets” for haiku, such as kigo (season word), kireji (cutting word, dividing the poem into two parts), and other strategies that offer a greater discipline than counting syllables. This talk also covers Japanese haiku masters and other details about current haiku practice in Japan and North America, plus a writing exercise, with optional sharing and discussion. This session may also benefit those who lead Japanese garden tours with an eye to incorporating haiku into their tours.
Michael Dylan Welch is a long-time officer of the Haiku Society of America and Haiku Northwest, a cofounder and director of the Haiku North America conference, cofounder of the American Haiku Archives, and founder of National Haiku Writing Month (www.nahaiwrimo.com), the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and the Tanka Society of America. He served two terms as poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, where he is also president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. His haiku have been recited for the Empress of Japan and at the Baseball Hall of Fame, printed on balloons, and chiseled in stone in New Zealand. Michael’s website, devoted mostly to haiku, is www.graceguts.com.
Above: Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California (Photo by Bob Craig)