Haikus and the Shiba Inu Adventure

Submitted into Contest #191 in response to: Make Japan (or Japanese culture) an element of your story.... view prompt

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Bedtime Adventure East Asian

This adventure here

Is told in Haiku poems 

Our story begins…




The mountains sat quiet

Inside the temple, he sat

The Shiba Inu




Breathe in and breathe out 

It was meditation hour

It had been since dawn




Nash was his real name 

He was a trained and skilled dog

His master was Kai




“Meditation done”

“Time now to follow the ball”

Kai threw Nash the ball




Nash caught it mid-air

He rolled it back panting hard

“Remember your breath”




“Tai Chi begins there”

“You must respond not react”

“We must be aware”




The ball squeaked loudly

Nash fought the urge to chase it

“Watch it roll down hill”




“Detach from the ball”

“The ball does not define you”

“You are more than that”




GONG went the doorbell

They bowed to one another

Kai answered the door




“Kai, this is for Nash”

The police officer said

Kai took his red note




It was marked "URGENT"

“I’d better come in to talk”

“I’ll put on some tea”




“No, there is no time”

Nash listened with his ear cocked 

“You have a mission”




He told the story 

“Nash only you can save us”

“It’s about ramen”




Nash then licked his lips

“Our famous restaurant is doomed”

“Tonki has been robbed”




“It’s the recipe”

“Tonki is known for ramen”

“It has been stolen”




“It’s what makes Tonki!”

“The owner has promised this”

He opened the note




Nash sniffled the inside

Thin, green pieces of paper

It could mean one thing 




It’s nori paper

A delicious seaweed snack 

Nash’s favorite snack 




“What do you say, Nash?”

“Will you help us save Tokyo?”

Nash woofed in reply




That meant, yes, he would

“Great, here, we have our first lead”

“This was left behind”




It was a barrette

It featured Hello Kitty 

There was hair in it




Nash booped it slowly

He gave it a few more sniffs

Nash woofed, it was time




The officer led

He drove a motorcycle 

Nash rode the sidecar




The traffic was thick

They zoomed the Rainbow Bridge sides

Perks of a siren




“Nice headband you have!”

Nash wore a hachimaki 

It was for missions




The motorbike stalled 

They waited by a street sign

Suddenly Nash wooded




He pointed his snout 

It was at a city sign

“To Takeshita!”




Through Shabuya Cross

They dodged thousands of people

Nash gave him a glare




“What? We have a job”

Nash glared at him with dismay 

“Sorry, it’s your job!”




“Here’s Takeshita”

Nash hopped out and kindly bowed

The cop bowed right back




“Shibuya Station”

“I will pick you up at noon”

Nash headed through the crowd




He followed his scent 

There were cartoon themed cafes

Clothes shops and toy stores




He tried a toy store

Inside were lots of plush toys

But the crowd was grand




A shopper bumped him

He fell deep into a crate

He was surrounded 




All he felt was plush

He was knocked into the toys!

He was trapped inside 




There was Pikachu

Jigglypuff and Charmander

There was no way out




“Mommy!” I want that

Suddenly Nash was pulled out

A child squeezed him




Respond don’t react

Nash thought calmly in his mind

He licked the child




The child dropped him

He quietly ran away

The scent drifted now




Inside a cafe

Nash went and took loads of sniffs 

“Is someone hungry?”




The worker giggled

She saw his hachimaki 

“You must be THE Nash”




With respect, they bowed

She offered him boba tea

He shook his head no




He was on duty

It smelled like milk and honey

Just one taste he thought




But the scent was near

He stopped at the register

The worker noticed




“A keychain was left”

“I don’t know who left it though”

“Want to take a look?”




“It’s Hello Kitty”

She held it out in her palm 

Nash booped it slowly




The scent was not new

It was from the hair barrette 

This was a new clue 




Two Hello Kitties

One a barrette, now keychain

The suspect liked tea




He showed his backpack 

She slipped it inside for him

He woofed a “thank you”




His nose was on it

Scent from the hair and keychain

Traced him to the gardens




A short hop and a skip 

Nash was at the park gardens

Through the bamboo doors




Koi ponds and lilies 

Pagoda Pillars and trees

Nash searched through the grounds




The flowers smelled rich

Nash had trouble with the scent

His nose was confused




He sat on a bridge

He watched the koi fish swimming

The scent was now gone




Time to give up now

He pouted into a sploot

He was not enough




The koi fish swam on 

Yet one swam to the surface 

It had long whiskers 




It resembled Kai

“Nash you must never give up”

Said the Kai-like fish 




“You must let thoughts go”

“Remember meditation”

“Let all your thoughts go”




“Be present and calm”

“The answers will come to us”

“We must let go first”




Nash closed his eyes shut

He breathed deeply and calmly 

He let his thoughts go




Peonies, roses

Tulips, cherry blossom trees

Allow the scents in




Do not dwell on them 

Thank them then let the scents go

You are more than this 




All of a sudden

Nash could smell the scent again

It was close to him




Past the blossom trees 

Through the infinity door 

He went to a bench




A black notebook sat

He booped the cover open

Inside he could read




“Property of Cho”

“Sakura High School for Girls”

“Hello Kitty Rules!”




Nash saw there was more

A magazine article 

Was taped on the page




Tokyo Meal Contest

Winner gets a big, grand prize

Endless shopping spree




Nash took the notebook

In his mouth he carried it

He stopped a woman




He set the book down

And showed her his backpack 

She slipped it inside




He woofed a “thank you”

They both respectfully bowed

Now to the high school




Shibuya Station

Nash waited by Hachiko

It was past noon now




“Daddy! Look, the dog!”

Photos started flashing Nash

Tourists appeared 




They were mistaken 

It was Nash, not Hachiko!

“WOOF!” Nash barked warning




The crowd got bigger

There was no escape for him 

A siren went off




The cop had returned 

“Hop in the side Nash, let’s go!”

Nash hopped in the seat




Away they scooted 

Nash poked him with his backpack 

“Let me take a look”




“We have the barrette”

“A Hello Kitty keychain?”

Nash nodded further




“A notebook from school?”

He read the contents inside

“Hold on to your seat”




“Sakura High School”

“That is where our culprit is”

“Time to take, Cho, down”




They arrived shortly 

Nash stopped the cop entering

Nash gave him a look




“I understand, Nash”

“If I go in, Cho will know”

“Go undercover”




Nash entered the school 

The cop informed the office

The workers helped Nash 




They gave him a badge

“Emotional Support Dog”

Nash woofed a “thank you”




He sniffled down the halls

Students were in their classes

The scent got stronger




He passed the Lunch Room

But then back tracked and walked inside

Mouthwatering scents




Sushi and udon

Japanese chicken curry

Nash couldn’t resist




“You have to pay, Sir”

The worker said from her desk

Nash froze in a mid-sprint 




Respond don’t react

He went back to the hallways 

The scent was clear now




The Gymnasium 

Students were playing tennis

Nash was almost there




He went through some doors 

And found a Hello Kitty 

It was a backpack 




“Who let a dog in,”

A girl said with her girlfriends 

“Our girls lockerroom?”




All the girls giggled 

The main girl’s shirt said “L. Cho”

This was the culprit 




“What do you want, Dog?”

“Cho, make him our new mascot!”

“Name him Ramen Dog”




Cho and Nash locked eyes

Cho knew why Nash was in here

“Boba him down girls”




The girls knew now too

They fired boba through their straws

“Tapioca balls!”




Nash used his Tai Chi

Paws, ears, and tail to deflect

Nash was too skilled now




“Looking for this, Dog?”

Cho held the recipe card

“Try to come at me”




It must be a trap

She held it out in her hand

Her other hand squeaked 




Not a tennis ball

He couldn’t resist the squeak

“Go on, Boy, get it!”




She through it past him

He watched it bounce outside the door

Respond don’t react




Nash then leaped forward 

He took the recipe card

In his mouth, he jumped




The open window

He flew carrying the card

Parkoured each jump 




He got to the roof

The cop waited down below

He leaped on the seat




“Nash!” You saved us all

“Time to get your reward”

They zoomed from the school




Back at the temple 

Nash munched his seaweed reward

He had well earned it




Master Kai nodded

“You have great skill and balance”

“I proud of you, Nash”




Nash smiled at him 

He rolled on his back for rubs 

Kai rubbed his belly 




GONG went the doorbell

Kair went to answer the door

“Hi Master Kai, Nash”




Nash got up off the ground 

They all respectively bowed 

“I know I just left”




The cop held a note

“This new mission just came in”

“This one is different” 




Kai ushered him in

They all sat in the tea room

The cop opened it




“This mission is grand”

“A partner is required”

“You will be set up”




“He is just as skilled”

“You may already know him”

“He is a dog too”




“You two are alike”

“He is also a Shiba”

“They all call him, Doge”

March 28, 2023 02:45

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John K Adams
17:21 Apr 06, 2023

I am in awe at this ambitious telling of Nash's adventure. Who could conceive of this? And you make it look so effortless. You must study tai chi in addition to classical haiku. I am impressed!

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Douglas W. Carr
18:07 Apr 10, 2023

Indeed. Something I couldn't have pulled off.

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Geir Westrul
17:28 Apr 02, 2023

THAT was FANTASTIC! I'm so impressed. You carried it off perfectly from one haiku to the next, with the adventures of Nash (and heroic Kai ... and evil Cho) keeping me reading one after the next. That was very well done. I especially loved the repeated "Respond don’t react" — I could feel Nash gathering himself, controlling his dog-instincts. Perfect!

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