Core Team

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Dr. Richard Gilbert

Founder, Director

SHAO and “A Haiku Sailing Pilgrimage around Japan” is the vision of Professor Richard Gilbert, Ph.D., Kumamoto University, Faculty of Letters, an international figure in the promotion of Japanese and English-language haiku. Making his … Read More

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David Ostman

Co-Director

Received his MA from the Faculty of Information Studies, Kumamoto University, in March 2008, after obtaining his BA in East Asian History, University of Alberta. His MA thesis (in Japanese), Japanese Editorial Representation of the … Read More

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Dr. Itô Yûki

Co-Director

Received his Ph.D. in Literature from Kumamoto University, in 2011, for his dissertation, “The Double War: Yeats’s Philosophy and Sense of National Identity in Evolution, from John Sherman through ‘Meditations in Time of Civil … Read More

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Jeffrey Cairns

Co-Director

From his arrival in Japan in 1986, Jeff’s love for the Japanese traditional bamboo flute, the Shakuhachi, took root. He progressed under the guidance of Kinko-ryu master Tsurugi Kyomudo, to the point that he finds himself today teaching … Read More

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John Gilbert

Co-director

As an artist and art publisher for some decades, living in Mysore and Goa, India, for some15 years, I've been making art with everyday objects deeply ingrained in Indian culture and ritual. I use these materials in paintings and sculptures … Read More

Published Art