Naviarhaiku203 – Trees lost in haze

Shuson Kato was, together with Ishida Hakyo and Nakamura Kusatao, a member of the “Human Exploration School”, identified in the popular mind as poets who explored ‘how human beings should live’.

Initially Kato despised haiku and was more interested in the 31-syllable tanka. However, while working in a high school he met a famous haiku poet, Shuoshi Mizuhara, who became his lifelong teacher.

Seven days to make music inspired by Kato’s poem. Find out more and participate at


Deadline: 29th November 2017

Poem by Shuson Kato

Picture by Fabrizio Conti