Five Seven Five

Exploring the Seasons of Japan through Haiku and Photographs

By Celeste Heiter; Photography by Robert George

Among the many art forms of Japan, haiku is perhaps the most widely known literary form. Composed of seventeen simple syllables, arranged in three lines of five, seven and five syllables each, these elegant poems capture unique moments of life in Japan.

Five Seven Five is an artfully designed gift book presenting beautiful color photographs of everyday life in Japan, each accompanied by a haiku. Four sections, one for each season, are followed by a discussion of Haiku, Past and Present, as well as a description of each photograph, allowing the armchair traveler to explore the various facets of Japanese culture.


Celeste Heiter
With her lifelong love of Japan, its people, and its culture, Celeste Heiter believes that she may have been Japanese in a previous incarnation. Inspired by a lifelong dream to visit the Great Buddha at Kamakura, she moved to Tokyo in 1988, where she spent two years teaching English conversation. Celeste now makes her home in California’s beautiful Napa Valley, with the most treasured souvenir of her life in Japan: her son Will. She is the author of Vignettes of Japan, Ganbatte Means Go For It, The Sushi Book, and Five Seven Five. She writes about her adventures in Asian food and film on her blog, Chopstick Cinema.

Robert George
During his eighteen-year residence in Japan, photographer Robert George worked in film and video production while traveling extensively throughout Asia honing his craft as an international travel photographer. Robert returned to the U.S. in 1999 and now lives in Sacramento with his wife Mayumi and his son Alex, but continues to travel to Asia for his work.

2003, 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches; 120 pages; hardcover; color images
ISBN-10: 0-9715940-1-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9715940-1-2