HAIKU BAR

HAIKU BAR MATSUYAMA

Evening fun in Matsuyama, the capital of haiku

For haikuists in Matsuyama, the poetic high continues into the night at the haiku bars in town.

There are three of them, and they’re all different, so be sure to take in a couple at least.
A drink or two stimulates the creative juices, and you’re sure to produce a little masterpiece.
You’ll be given all the tools you need to get started, whether in English or Japanese.

HAIKU BAR MATSUYAMA

Sake +1 Hoyaken

Hoyaken

At this home-from-home izakaya with its old bookstore charm, Mr. and Mrs. Kadoya welcome you with smiles. There’s a good selection of sake, including from Ehime, and beer from around the world. There’s also a good choice of tasty, reasonably-priced food too.

2-5-17 Sanbanchō, Matsuyama

Open: 18:00 to 24:00

Closed: Sunday

090-9250-1839090-9250-1839

Profile of the owners

Satoshi KadoyaHaiku pen name: Living well (void)

Loves free-verse haiku and Ryukyu folk songs. Likes watching movies and listening to music. Absolutely loves bestowing haiku pen names on people, but isn’t often invited to.

Tomoko KadoyaHaiku pen name: Watch child (Tokeko)

Interests include the sanshin, old books, baseball, cats and haiku. She has a charming smile. She creates a calm, relaxed atmosphere.

Haiku service at Hoyaken

  • Simple written directions for creating a haiku are provided. There are also haiku guidebooks in English with seasonal words.
  • Haiku cards and pens When you come up with a haiku, you can write it down on a purpose-made card.
  • The owner will give you a haiku pen name. Tell him your name, interests, skills and so on.

The Bar CARAVAN

The Bar CARAVAN

The female bartender is a member of a jazz haiku group. The bar was used as a location for filming a TV series. You can enjoy drinks and conversation in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The original cocktails are a feast for the eyes and taste buds.

Emzu Building 3F, 2-1-1 Ōkaidō, Matsuyama

Open: Every Tuesday in March, 19:00 to 21:00

Closed: Wednesday to Monday

089-932-8510089-932-8510

Profile of the owners

Chieko FurukawaHaiku pen name: Chieko

Member of the Matsuyama branch of the Nippon Bartenders Association. A qualified Whiskey Connoisseur. Despite her ladylike looks, in the daytime she’s a super tough sportswoman who runs marathons. Her quiet customer service keeps people coming back.

Haiku service at CARAVAN

  • Simple written directions for creating a haiku are provided. There are also haiku guides in English with seasonal words.
  • Haiku cards and pens When you come up with a haiku, you can write it down on a purpose-made card.
  • If you show her your haiku card, she’ll make you an original haiku cocktail based on your poem. (Haiku cocktails start from ¥1,000)

Jazz & Magic Bar WBGO

Hoyaken

The owner is a jazz drummer and he’ll show you magic right before your eyes. The photos of leading jazz musicians displayed all around the bar were taken by the owner.

Asuka Building B1, 2-1-1 Ichibanchō, Matsuyama

Open: 20:00 to 2:00

Closed: Sunday

089-932-8284089-932-8284

Profile of the owners

Hirofumi TsutsumiHaiku pen name: Mamikon

He has amazing familiarity with many celebrated jazz musicians around the world. From the gentle way he talks, it’s hard to imagine what an eventful life he’s experienced. He’s an entertainer who’ll give you a taste of deep culture in Matsuyama.

Haiku service at WBGO

  • Haiku cards and pens When you come up with a haiku, you can write it down on a purpose-made card.
  • There are also haiku guidebooks in English with seasonal words.
  • The owner will show you magic tricks with your haiku cards. The tricks he does depend on his mood on that day.

HAIKU BAR crawl recommendation

Suggested route

1

Sake +1 Hoyaken

Receive a haiku pen name from the bar staff, and weave a haiku. Use the coloured pens to write your poem on a haiku card.
Show your creation to everyone in the bar and see the reaction.
Enjoy sake and beer from around the world with some simple food.

2

The Bar CARAVAN

One minute’s walk from Hoyaken. Bring the haiku card you just wrote. Show it to the bartender.
She’ll make you an original haiku cocktail based on your poem.
This is a special bar where you can enjoy the real flavour of haiku – as a drink! It’s a great place to take a selfie and share it with the world.

3

Jazz & Magic Bar WBGO

WBGO opens when the night gets going in earnest.
The owner is a jazz drummer and magician.
Give him a haiku card, and he’ll show you some magic.
The night is for adults, so don’t be surprised if the magician has some salty tricks up his sleeve.