A beautiful small surprise earlier this week was the BBC Radio 3 late evening Essay by Stephen H Gill, of Kyoto, on Mount Ogura, its long history as the home of poets and the current campaigns to save the mountain's environment. Poetry readings in Japanese and English - just wonderful. And sad.
The programme audio link (15 minutes - fast-forward for a minute or so for start) is available until Sunday 13 February. Stephen H Gill is one of those behind the Icebox haiku blog. He's also one of the People Together for Mount Ogura, on which I found this extensive article with photos. One hundred poets on Mount Ogura (scroll down the publications list) is a book published recently to raise funds for their work.
Even the birds' nests
high on Mount Ogura
laced with blue nylon scraps
Stephen H Gill