4/30/2007

Tanada Walking

  
  


TANADA 棚田 Rice Fields in Spring












ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo



rapeseed blossoms
the earth filled with
sunshine







ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo




collecting spring water
the future starts shaping
now








ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo








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a thousand old ponds -
a million frogs jumping -
a billion echoes


Now the fields are all full of water and the vallye reveberates !!



The Sound of Water, a discussion !

kawazu tobikomu ... one hundred frogs ... and more


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Rape blossoms (na no hana) . . . . . KIGO


Spring water (haru no mizu) . . . . . KIGO

It takes about a month until the spring water dripping out of the mountain has filled all the paddies in this huge valley. The distribution of water is one of the most difficult things and often cause of fighting among the neighbours ... In modern times, we have a huge pond, just in case the rain and mountain water is not enough to fill up until planting. But using the pumps to bring water from more than five kilometers away is expensive.
Being a farmer for terraced wet rice paddies is not easy. And thinking of the forefathers who started all of this, with no maschines and only human hands to work with ... These tanada seeme like the pyramids to me, just downward the valley!



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"Planting rice"
Ohno Bakufu (1888-1976)
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4/29/2007

30 years

  
  




thirty years

and not one day

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On April 28, 1977, we set foot to the earth of Japan at Narita Airport.
The stamp is still in the passport.


A friend had rented a preliminary home for us in Hayama, so the next morning we went to the beach and there, right in front on the other side of the bay, was Mt. Fuji in all its splendor, waving a welcome to us !


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4/28/2007

Terraced rice fields

  
  



TANADA 棚田 Terraced Rice Fields of my Valley







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Here is your guide !



Terraced rice fields of my valley in Ohaga

Take a walk with me HERE !



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4/27/2007

Babies and Guns

  
  



children play
with anything ...
YOU give them guns



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On the other hand, just yesterday I posted one about

Children as OUR teachers


ko ni aku to moosu hito ni wa hana mo nashi

blossoms are wasted
on anyone who's fed up
with children


Basho, trans. Robin D. Gill




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4/23/2007

Yellow

  
  







spring sunshine -
challenging my concept of
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Stone Face

  
 


春めくや まだ見つからぬ 石の顔








signs of spring -
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I am looking at it for a long time ...
He is definitely smiling, I feel.
Trying to figure out whom this face resembles.
Do you know anyone?




signs of spring, haru meku 春めく a kigo

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some comments

What an interesting concept, Gabi!
The face does have a sense of familiarity...

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Hi Gabi san

Hmmm... wondering about the "not" which I think you and or Etusko san warned me against using in HAIKU... what about:

signs of spring:
I find the garden stone face
under the soil

The original may be walking a thin timeline here as this is two moments... uncovering the face and trying to remember.

Maybe it was Akegarasu sensei who warned me... sometimes it is difficult for me to remember as I got good advice from you all.

as I re-read I thought

signs of spring:
from under the garden soil
a stone face emerges

well... this still needs work and I have no idea yet how to fit it to the Japanese

I hope I helped remove the knot of not... hee hee

Well, what do you feel? Chibi

... Hi Chibi san, thanks for your kind thoughts.

It must have been Akegarasu giving you advise ...

two moments or just one ... that is a thin line indeed ..

I see the face clearly on my stone, I just do not remember whom it resembles ...

maybe YOUR face ?

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Memory and perception are not always easily divided.
The fusion of the two may be the essence of the moment.


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4/22/2007

Sakurafubuki

  
  



下り上り 桜吹雪の 道ありて








walking down
and up again -
cherry blossoms scattering








. WKD : Cherry Blossoms (sakura 桜)  


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Cherry Blossom Album 2007


Just a few meters down from my home ...




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4/21/2007

and sensei

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kendo-ka and sensei
practice a thousand strikes -
black and blue

Hayato Tokugawa


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kyudoka and sensei -
practising a hundred shots
without bow and arrow


the last legacy of my old archery sensei was the best


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4/20/2007

WKD - Peach blossoms hanamomo

  
  


花桃や







flower peach blossoms -
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Hanamomo 花桃, is a species grown to enjoy the red flowers. The fruit are rather small and negligible.
My neighbour planted this tree more than 10 years ago and counts the flowers each year ... like counting the years he will soon spend in eternity.

My neighbour is a descentent from the Heike clan, who fled to our moutains many hundred years ago. He still carries the character HEI (pei)  for HEIKE in his name, like most of our neighbours here.
He also planted many Genpei Peach trees, look at some here and read more below.

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. . . . . . . . . kigo for late spring

flowers of the peach tree, momo no hana
桃の花 もものはな


white peach blossoms, shiramomo 白桃(しらもも)
red peach blossoms, himomo 緋桃(ひもも)

orchard for peach trees, momobatake 桃畑(ももばたけ)
..... toorin 桃林(とうりん)、tooen 桃園(とうえん)

looking at the peach blossoms, momomi 桃見(ももみ)
for cherries, we have HANAMI 花見.

village within peach tree orchards, momo no mura
桃の村(もものむら)
Some in Yamanashi province are really spectacular in their blossom clouds.

Lodging with a view to peach blossoms, momo no yado
桃の宿(もものやど)


Genpei Momo 源平桃(げんぺいもも)
..... "Sun and Moon Peach Blossoms", jitsugetsutoo 日月桃(じつげつとう
A mixed breed with white and pink flowers.

Genpei refers to the warring clans of the Genji and the Heike.
Genpei Feud and the Fireflies in Haiku
Genpei War / Wikipedia



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咲き乱す桃の中より初桜
saki midasu momo no naka yori hatsu-zakura / hatsuzakura

From among the peach-trees
"Blooming everywhere",
The fists cherry blossoms.

Tr. Eri Takase


Written when Basho was about 41 to 51.

The wild mountain cherries 山桜 and Yoshino cherries 吉野桜 at his time bloomed a bit later.
Nowadays we have the early blossoming cherry varieties of Somei-yoshino and others.


Among peach blossoms
Blooming wind, I already see
The year's first cherry blossoms!

Tr. Oseko


With a haiku sweet from Iga Ueno !
source : kikyou0123


MORE - about "first things" by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .



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深川や桃の中より汐干狩
Fukagawa ya momo no naka yori shiohigari

Fukagawa !
through the peach blossoms
people are gathering shells



. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Fukagawa, Edo .


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商人を吼る犬ありももの花
akindo o hoyuru inu ari momo no hana

at the merchants
there is a dog barking -
plum blossoms


- or in more natural English

there is a dog
barking at the merchants -
plum blossoms

Tr. Gabi Greve


. WKD : Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 in Edo .



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Easter Morning:
the peach tree has
resurrected its blossoms


Larry Bole
Happy Haiku Forum 2010


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. SAIJIKI - Plants in Spring .


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4/18/2007

Cold morning

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cold spring morning -
a sip of hot tea
from the new tea cup



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4/17/2007

Water Kettle tetsubin

  
  








late spring -
the old kettle
still shines





PHOTO : betsukai village 別海町

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The final edition of Daruma Magazine (issue 70) features a special about Iron Kettles.
source : Daruma Magazine

. . . . . some vocabulary

Ashiyagama 芦屋釜 from Ashiya, Fukuoka

entsuuji 圓通寺 temple Entsuji
entsuushiki tetsubin 圓通式鉄瓶

hazuki tetsubin 羽付鉄瓶 with a flange
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Iwachuu tetsubin 岩鋳鉄瓶 Iwachu, from Nambu, made in mass production
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kabutogata tetsubin 兜形鉄瓶 iron kettle like a helmet
かぶと形 / 兜形の鉄瓶
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kaebuta 替え蓋 / 替蓋 spare copper lid
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Kibundoo tetsubin 亀文堂鉄瓶 iron kettles from Kibun-Do, pupil of Ryubun-Do
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Kinjuoo tetsubin 金寿堂 鉄瓶 from Kinju-Do
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koshikiguchi こしき口 / 甑口 drum-like mouth
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kurikuchi, kuriguchi 刳口 sloping neck


Koodaiji 高台寺 temple Kodai-Ji type kettle, 桐・菊 with pattern of paulownia and chrysanthemum

. Koodaiji 高台寺 Kodai-Ji . Kyoto



Ryuubundoo tetsubin 龍文堂 鉄瓶 iron kettles from the shop
Ryubun-Do
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shinnarigama 真形釜 basic type kettle
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shiriharigata tetsubin 尻張形鉄瓶 "bulging hip" shaped kettle
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taikogata tetsubin 太鼓形鉄瓶 drum-shaped iron kettle

tedorigama 手取り釜 / 手取釜 kettle with a handle and sprout
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Tenmyoogama (天明釜・天命釜・天猫(メウ)釜) Tenmyo kettle
from Tochigi
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tomobuta 共蓋 accompanying lid
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ubaguchi 姥口 turned-in mouth "like an old woman"
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. Yamagata imono 山形鋳物 ironware, cast iron, metal art .

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CLICK for more photos

Click HERE to see more kettles from Nanbu (Nambu), Japan 南部鉄瓶


Inspired by this program from NHK
NHK : Bi no Tsubo , in Japanese
鉄瓶 Tetsubin : Iron Kettles



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Iron Water Kettles
Cast-iron kettle
Nanbu iron kettle

It is said that water boiled in iron teapots called Tetsubin 鉄瓶 is the best for making green tea, which explains the popularity of Tetsubin in Japan. Water boiled in poor-quality iron teapots tastes of iron and thus spoils the taste of green tea.
© Japanese Ironware


Bunbuku Tea Kettle
Short history of the Japanese Tea Kettle !


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Elegance in Iron
The Art of the Japanese Tetsubin


Morikami Museum
Exhibition September 29 - December 6, 2009



In 18th century Kyoto, literary men with an interest in Chinese learning rebelled against the formalized manner of the Japanese tea ceremony and took up the Chinese habit of drinking steeped tea. By century's end, this act of defiance had led to the development of the tetsubin, the Japanese cast-iron tea kettle.
This exhibition draws from the outstanding collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kramer and features more than 90 tetsubin from the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the affluence of the urban merchant class, which had begun to enjoy steeped tea as well, supported the cost of producing tetsubin with raised decoration and inlays of precious metals.
Elegance in Iron showcases the variety in shape and surface decoration of Kyoto tetsubin while also featuring kettles of northern Japan's Nambu region, where a folk tradition, little affected by Kyoto culture, fostered a dynamic aesthetic in iron tea kettles that complemented the region's robust lifestyle.
source : morikami.org



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water kettle, tea kettle (chagama 茶釜)
topic for haiku



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kigo for the New Year

hatsugama 初釜 "first use of the kettle"
. . . . . kama hajime 釜始(かまはじめ)

. Tea Ceremony Saijiki
茶道の歳時記



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before daybreak
as the old kettle whistles
which tea would it be


Willie Bongcaron, Manila



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May 2011

The government called for increased cooperation to extend the market for traditional crafts, such as "Kokeshi" wooden dolls in Miyagi Prefecture and ironware in Iwate Prefecture.


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From production to processing, Japan has developed a unique culture around metal.
The sharpness and beauty of Japanese swords are forged by pushing the material to its limits. Metal is also essential to cookware, including pots, pans and kettles. Our guest this time is Nobuho Miya, a caster who is designing a new kind of traditional Nambu ironware. Together, we'll discover the many facets of metal, and explore the metal designs which figure in everyday life in Japan.
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. Kyuusu 急須 Kyusu teapot .


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4/15/2007

stray cat

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balmy spring day -

then one stray tomcat


disturbes the peace



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single blossoms

  
  









single blossoms -
each beauty has its way
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Another Window full of Spring !



so simple and small -
my little friends
by the roadside





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blue little stars

  
  


so simple and small -
some blue stars
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Kokubun-Ji in Tsuyama


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so simple and small -
a white mandala
by the roadside





so simple and small -
a shining forsythia
in the sky





so simple and delicate -
the short life of
one cherry blossom



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flawless sky
catches gentle flowers
sounds of Universe


Shared by Gennady Nov
Joys of Japan, February 2012



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4/14/2007

DILBERT

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Quote from
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I enjoy pointing out your mistakes
because it makes me feel better
about myself




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Petals on the pond

  
  



petals on the pond
a few more, a few less
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聚楽園
My album from Shuraku-En Park in Tsuyama


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Dear Gabi,

Please allow me to translate into Filipino, the national language of the Philippines, your haiku: petals on the pond:

mga talulot sa lawa
nararagdagan ng kaunti, nababawasan ng kaunti
habang hinahampas ng hangin


Melchor F. Cichon
Aklan, Philippines

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Window full of Spring

  
  







logging on <>
a monitor, a whole monitor
full of spring










ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo








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Look at my WINDOWS full of Spring ! !!!!!



窓あけて 窓いっぱいの春
mado akete mado ippai no haru


opening the window
a window full
of spring


Santoka 種田山頭火

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骸骨のうへを粧ひて花見かな
gaikotsu no ue o yosoite hanami kana


make-ups on the skulls
going out to see
cherry blossoms


Uejima Onitsura (1660-1738)
Tr. Keiji Minato


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single blossoms -
each beauty has its way
to show





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4/11/2007

Spider in Blossom

  
  







war in Iraq -
the spider hides
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When I walked toward the cherry tree, the spider must have sensed my shadow and started running to hide. So the photo was first. And the war on Irak is something very much on my mind all the time these days ... it was simply the first thing that came to my mind when seeing the spider run ...

I consicered this version later, but then decided to stick with my first mind flash


war on my mind -
a spider hides
in the cherry blossom



Krieg im Irak -
die Spinne versteckt sich
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Comments from H. H.

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More of my Cherry Blossoms

more . SPIDERS in my Paradise !


Peace and War and Haiku


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last day of spring -
holding hands with
my sick cat



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4/09/2007

Joodo ari Tanjo-Ji

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分かれても まだ会える 浄土あり






Joodo Paradise -
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Temple Tanjo-Ji in Yuge Tanjoo-Ji, birth temple of Honen Shonin.
法然上人の誕生寺



. . The Big Buddha of temple Tanjo-Ji
On his new podest, December 2009



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4/06/2007

Newsletter Hubertus Thum

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PROJEKT SPERLING Nr. 13 - 05. April 2007:

BILDER DER FLIESSENDEN WELT ( UKIYO-E)


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downtown in spring -
the old barber clips
his bonsai tree


Altstadt im Frühling -
der greise Friseur schneidet
seinen Bonsaibaum



Gabi Greve

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Würde man nicht hinschwinden wie der Tau auf dem Adashi-Feld und nicht flüchtig vergehen wie der Rauch auf dem Toribe-Berg, sondern ewig leben - wie könnte man da die zaubervolle Melancholie erfassen, die in allen Dingen webt?
Gerade ihre Unbeständigkeit macht die Welt so schön.



Yoshida Kenkô


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Anmerkungen


Dr. Gabi Greve
studierte Medizin und anschließend ostasiatische Kunst bei Prof. Dietrich Seckel in Heidelberg. Sie hat zwei vielbeachtete Fachbücher über buddhistische Kunst in Japan verfasst, wo sie seit dreißig Jahren als Übersetzerin und freie Schriftstellerin lebt. Mit ihrem Mann bewohnt sie ein altes Bauernhaus in den entlegenen Bergen der Präfektur Okayama. Sie ist Direktorin des Daruma Museums, seit 2004 auch Kompilatorin der World Kigo Database. Von ihren vielfältigen Interessen und Aktivitäten, unter denen insbesondere das Haiku zu nennen ist, zeugen verschiedene sehr lesenswerte Blogs.

Zu ihrem Haiku schreibt sie: Die Altstadt von Tôkyô erinnert nur noch an sehr wenigen Stellen an das alte Edo, das ich so liebe: Nachbarschaften, die noch in Ordnung sind und wo sich jeder kennt und grüßt. Der alte Friseur hat eine Reihe kleiner Bonsaibäume vor seinem Laden. In der Mittagspause sehe ich ihn oft damit beschäftigt. Ein einfaches Bild vom einfachen Leben - wie geschaffen für ein einfaches Haiku.
Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Gabi Greve, die auch die deutsche Fassung zur Verfügung stellte; wörtliche Übersetzung wurde nicht angestrebt.
Erstveröffentlichung bei http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com, ihrer Haiku-Galerie.




Yoshida Kenkô
wurde vermutlich im Jahr 1283 als Sohn eines hohen Verwaltungsbeamten geboren und starb 1350. Er diente zunächst als Hofmeister in einer berühmten Adelsfamilie, später war er Offizier der Kaiserlichen Palastwache. 1323 nahm er in der Hauptstadt an einem Gedichtwettstreit teil, den Prinz Kuniyoshi veranstaltete. Bald darauf folgte er der in seinen waka immer wieder anklingenden Sehnsucht nach Stille und Zurückgezogenheit und trat in den Mönchsstand.

Sein Tzuretzuregusa, etwa mit Aufzeichnungen aus Mußestunden zu übersetzen, ist das wichtigste Werk der in Japan geschätzten Kunstgattung spontaner Niederschriften, ein Klassiker, der noch heute in Auszügen an den höheren Schulen gelesen wird. Zitiert nach: Betrachtungen aus der Stille. Das Tzuretzuregusa von Yoshida Kenkô. Aus dem Japanischen übertragen, erläutert und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Oscar Benl. Suhrkamp Taschenbuch 1227. Frankfurt am Main 1985, S. 10.



Ukiyo
bedeutete in der frühen japanischen Poesie die fließend dahintreibende, nichtig-eitle, irdische Welt. Der Begriff geht auf die buddhistische Philosophie zurück. Seit Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts bezeichnete man damit vor allem die Eleganz und die modischen Vergnügungen des Stadtbürgertums (chônin). In den von Sammlern geschätzten Farbholzschnitten des Ukiyo-e, den Bildern der fließenden Welt, haben Künstler wie Suzuki Harunobo, Kitagawa Utamaro, Andô Hiroshige und vor allem Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) sowohl das mondäne als auch das einfache Leben des Volkes mit seinen Freuden und Leiden sowie die Landschaften Japans dargestellt. Japanische Farbholzschnitte beeinflussten die europäische Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts. Vincent van Gogh hat 1887 in Paris u.a. Arbeiten von Andô Hiroshige kopiert.



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Die nächste Ausgabe erscheint am 12. April 2007

Lieder ist das Projekt vom Internet verschwunden.


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4/05/2007

Frost Morning

  
  


遅 霜 . late frost







late frost -
my flowers frozen
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Yesterday
Snow on the Cherry Blossoms !



Frost (shimo, Japan)
Late Frost, osojimo 遅霜
kigo for late spring


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First Typhoon

  
  


climate changes -
the first typhoon
much too early










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. . . Typhoon Season 2007 in my valley


Yesterday I wrote about the snow on our cherry blossoms.
This morning, we had strong frost on all leaves, ice on the water basin ... and snow had been reported even on the large Daigozakura in our area.

Daigo Cherry Tree Daigo-zakura, Western Japan


Global warming, climate changes and related topics



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4/04/2007

Snow on Cherry

  
  



global warming -
today we have snow
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In most parts of Japan, there was snow on the cherry blossoms !


Snow on the buds in Shinjo Village, Okayama

The First Typhoon of the Season 2007 !
Much too early !




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Yamazakura

  
  







山 桜








mountain cherry blossoms -
the same high places
as every year













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Cherry Blossoms (sakura, Japan) ... and many related kigo




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Trees in the Sky

  
  






spring sky -
trying to reach
the unreachable














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a dear friend
shares my sky walk -
spring in the air












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Yamazakura - Mountain Cherry Blossoms


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GokuRakuAn

  
  







my sweet home
among cherry blossoms !
namu amida butsu






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Haiku and Namu Amida Butsu



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Sun Rays

  
  







rays of spring sun -
a feeling of love
for the whole earth











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My Sweet Home

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