11/24/2009

Jellyfish as KIGO

  
  










Daruma dances
in the deep sea -
what a sight !






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Red paper lanterns, or aka-chochin, are a familiar sight on the city streets of Japan, where they typically hang at the entrances to cheap pubs, capturing the attention of passersby. The ocean, however, is home to a different variety of red paper lantern — an unusual species of deep-sea jellyfish.

Officially named Pandea rubra, the red paper lantern medusa (aka-chochin kurage) was first discovered in the Bering Sea in 1913, but details about its distribution and life cycle have long remained a mystery. In recent years, the creature has caught the eye of researchers at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) armed with high-definition video cameras.

Inside the transparent hood is a deep red colored mantle that can crumple up or expand like a paper lantern, hence the name. JAMSTEC researcher
Dr. Dhugal Lindsay is credited with coming up with the name.

Photo and Text source : pinktentacle.com


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te no hira no kurage ni chokumen suru medama

upon my palm
the jellyfish comes face to face
with eyeballs

source : Humour in Haijin Essay
Dhugal Lindsay, haijinx summer 2001


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アカチョウチンクラゲ Akachochin jellyfish 赤提灯クラゲ

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Dhugal J. Lindsay's Haiku Universe


I saw Dhugal in the haiku TV lesson of NHK,
where he introduced this amazing animal.


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Akachochin and Daruma san


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kigo for all summer

kurage 水母 (くらげ / クラゲ) jellyfish, Qualle, Meduse
(lit. water mother)
kurage 海月(くらげ) lit. sea moon
Fam. Cubozoa and Scyphozoa

akakurage, aka kurage 赤水母(あかくらげ)red jellyfish
Chrysaora melanaster
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Amakusa kurage 天草水母(あまくさくらげ)from Amakusa
Bizen kurage 備前水母(びぜんくらげ)from Bizen
Echizen kurage 越前水母(えちぜんくらげ)Echizen Jellyfish

andon kurage 行燈水母(あんどんくらげ)jellyfish like an andon lamp
Carybdea rastoni
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hikurage 火水母(ひくらげ)"fire jellyfish"
Tamoya bursaria
murasaki kurage 紫水母(むらさきくらげ)purple jellyfish

ibo kurage 疣水母(いぼくらげ)"jellyfish with warts"
ebi kurage 蝦水母(えびくらげ)"jellyfish like a prawn"
Netrostoma setouchianum
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tako kurage 蛸水母(たこくれげ)"jellyfish like an ocotpus"
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yuurei kurage 幽霊水母(ゆうれいくらげ)"jellyfish like a ghost"
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kigo for summer in Australia
moon jelly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_jelly


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kigo for early autumn

katsuo no eboshi 鰹の烏帽子 (かつおのえぼし)
denki kurage 電気くらげ(でんきくらげ) "electric jellyfish"
Portuguese man-of-war
Physalia physalis utriculus
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Portugiesische Galeere


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沈みゆく海月みづいろとなりて消ゆ 
shizumiyuku kurage mizu-iro to narite kiyu

sinking down
the jellyfish becomes blue
and disappears


Yamaguchi Seison 山口青邨


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Along the sea of Ariakekai during the summer months, fishermen go after the Red Jellyfish. It is often eaten sliced and raw as sashimi, with a bit of grated ginger and soy sauce, even as a kind of raw "soomen".

nama kurage 生クラゲ raw jelly fish
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Other types of jellyfish are usually salted and dried.
shio kurage, shiokurage 塩くらげ salted jelly fish

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. WASHOKU
The Ariake Sea (有明海, Ariake-kai)



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4 comments:

anonymous said...

Stevie Strang on facebook

Always interesting!

Gillena said...

Mayaro beach
jelly fish threads
the water's surface

Gabi Greve said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Gillena !
These creatures are really phantastic! And invoke our phantasy to write haiku about them !

Gabi

anonymous said...

Ah yes, very nice Gabi.
This daruma is not the name of the jellyfish, I think, but that of some traditional personaality /God.
It certainly looks a lot like him!!
Well done!
K.

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