Haiku and tea culture

Haiku and tea are like two wheels of one cart which can take us to the world of harmony, beauty and peace.

As a long-term enthusiast and promoter of tea and tea culture, I happened to be several times winner of the competition in the preparation of this drink. I regularly collaborate and cooperate with the tea festivals such as Čajomír fest, Advík, Days of Tea and Ceramics, Festival of Tea Enthusiasts, Hokage con, etc., as well as with individual tea houses and tea masters. I am interested in tea from the practical as well as the theoretical point of view.

Haiku is the culmination of the traditional Japanese poetry development. This form crystallized into today's form during the 17th century, and despite its seeming simplicity, it is in my opinion the most difficult form of literature of all. Me personally, I have been writing Haiku for pleasure for many years. In 2000 I have published my first Haiku collection (book) - three-line poems - with the Bonaventura publishing house. I teach courses of creative writing of Haiku and collaborate with other personalities of this genre. At the Hanami festival on 1. 4. 2023, I organized the first open Haiku competition in the spirit of the poetry competitions of old Japan.

What is Haiku? It is a specific Japanese seventeen-syllable poem which originated at the end of the 17th century from the opening three lines of a long poem called renga. The scope compels a brevity and impression, that, what is not said is as important as what is said, which is creating an equivalent to the "kuhaku", the empty spaces in the image of the South-Sung ink painting tradition.


"Reality cannot be explained by analogy because there is nothing to which could reality be compared to." / Chinese Zen master Pai Chang

"Then all that remains is to sit under a tree with a Fabriano pen and paper in hand, and let the thoughts wander freely, and then write two lines, for example, Luna is high in the sky - the forest is rustling. Maybe it will not be a novel right away, but only a Japanese Haiku. But that is ok, the important thing is to start." / Umberto Eco

"You were given two eyes to see both, relative and absolute. Do not look with only one eye, for you would see incompletely." / Pai Chang

Vláček nespěchá-
z jedné strany červánky
z druhé úplněk.

Už zase spolu
a zas na sebe hodní
celý dlouhý sen.

Hlas stovek cvrčků -
koncem léta vonící
půlnoční louka.

V letním lijaku
čeká a opírá se
o svůj starý meč.

Vteřino, prodli!
Čaj se rozvoněl zlatem
babího léta.

Má duše plyne
s večerními oblaky
oblastí prázdna.

My Haiku poems have been published in several separate poetry collections or anthologies.  More info in Bibliography.

In cooperation with Dellinger academy originated a series (not only) about tea.  Individual parts below: