I first came to Japan in 1989, on a one month tour organized by Griffith University in Australia. All the participants were students of Japanese language and culture, in the Education Faculty. It was then that I saw my first haiku, by Matsuo Basho:
furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto
an ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water 
Since then I have moved around, living and working in Osaka, Shizuoka, Gifu, Nagoya, Toyota, and Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture. My wife, Mandy, and I have lived in Japan for 20 years now; we have enjoyed visiting various famous locations such as Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okayama, Okinawa and so forth. Through it all I have kept up my writing and poetry and of course, haiku.
I'd like to share some of my haiku with you (see photo gallery at bottom), and some great haiku tips that I came across while on my journey to be a 'Haijin' (one who writes haiku).