Biology and Art - August 2023

This month’s contribution comes from the first-year master’s student, Iori Kato, studying Molecular Neuroscience. Iori is interested in watching movies and listening to music, especially K-pop.

12 August UNESCO – International Youth Day

Young people are said to have immense potential. Although I believe it is true now, I had not realized it and wasted some precious time. Thanks to the progress of technology, there are plenty of choices around us, which sometimes make us puzzled. Nevertheless, we must carefully select what interests us and what we genuinely desire, and we must be passionate about that, not waste our potential.


The rules are simple: 5-7-5, there is no seasonal reference word (a kigo), but your poem must relate to either biology or the topic of the month, and you are writing in English.
ルールは簡単。五・七・五、季語はなくてもよいけれど、生物学かその月の話題に関連した句であること、そして英語で詠むことです。Therefore, Iori’s haiku for this month is:

Eat watermelon;
you’ll know what beetles dream of.
The first step of research.


WORDS to learn this month are: immense potential - 大きな可能性, plenty of choices - 豊富な選択肢, to be puzzled by something - 何かに戸惑う, to desire something genuinely - 純粋に何かを望む, to be passionate about something - 何かに熱中する.