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Haiku-Writing Suspected Killer Hunted by Japanese Police

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Japanese police are hunting a poetry writing killer after the bodies of five people were discovered in a remote mountain village

The Telegraph reports on a  poetry-writing suspected killer who is being hunted by Japanese police after the bodies of five people were found in a tiny mountain village.

The chief suspect is a 63-year-old villager at whose home police found a “haiku” poem stuck to the window.

The haiku is a traditional Japanese form, a three-line verse of 17 syllables in a five-seven-five arrangement. It customarily evokes natural phenomena, frequently as a metaphor for human emotions.

The haiku reads: “Setting a fire – smoke gives delight – to a country fellow.”

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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