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2/15/2011

shoveling snow

  
  




01 snow garden evening .. till Nr. 07



the right kigo
for a day of hard work -
shoveling snow




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Hiroshige branches




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moonscape at my feet


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12/11/2010

WKD - Hoarfrost

  
  



15 red leaves




hoarfrost -
new patterns emerge
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hoarfrost, called "white frost" 白霜 in Japanese


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Hoar frost
Hoar frost (also called radiation frost or hoarfrost or pruina)
refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.

Hoar frost may have different names depending on where it forms. For example, air hoar is a deposit of hoar frost on objects above the surface, such as tree branches, plant stems, wires; surface hoar is formed by fernlike ice crystals directly deposited on snow, ice or already frozen surfaces; crevasse hoar consists of crystals that form in glacial crevasses where water vapour can accumulate under calm weather conditions; depth hoar refers to cup shaped, faceted crystals formed within dry snow, beneath the surface.

The name hoar comes from Old English and can be used as an adjective for showing signs of old age in reference to the frost which makes trees and bushes look like elderly white hair. It may also have association with hawthorn when covered in its characteristic white spring blossom.

Surface hoar is a cause of avalanches when it forms on top of snow. Conditions are ideal for the formation of hoarfrost on cold clear nights, with a very light wind that is able to circulate more humidified air around the snow surface. Wind that is too abrupt will destroy the crystals. When buried by subsequent snows they may remain standing for easy identification, or become laid down, but still dangerous because of the weakness of the crystals. In low temperatures surface hoar can also be broken apart and blown across the surface forming yukimarimo.

Hoar frost also occurs around man-made environments such as freezers or industrial cold storage facilities. It occurs in adjacent rooms that are not well insulated against the cold or around entry locations where humidity and moisture will enter and freeze instantly depending on the freezer temperature.
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stars
falling through clouds
hoarfrost


хяруу
late autumn early morning there is a beautiful hoarfrost on grasses and it is disappeared after rising sun.
Hoarfrost and dew is symbol of holiness and clearness for mongolians.

- Shared by Zaya Nergui, Mongolia -
Joys of Japan, 2012


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12/04/2010

azuki arai

  
  



小豆洗い . 特別純米原酒







washing red beans -
the river turns
ricewine









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Inspired by the TV series about
Gegege no Nyobo, wife of Mizuki Shigeru
ゲゲゲの女房


. Mizuki Shigeru and GEGEGE (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎) .    


I am studying his monsters related to food,
hopefully there will be more !



Azuki Arai

This little bean washer monster sits on a river bank and washes red beans in a basket. You can hear the sound of this, but usually not see him while he works.
You can even hear him hum a gentle song.


The TV scene when Shigeru met him and heared him ask of Mizuki to produce an encyclopedia of Japanese monsters was very moving !

水木しげる 妖怪図鑑
水木しげる妖怪大百科





This monster is well known in many parts of Japan, mostly in Kaii (Yamanashi), Shinano (Nagano) and Echigo (Niigata).
It often comes out to a farmhouse where the bride is preparing to go to her husband, and the family is too poor to cook auspicious rice with red beans. When the family checks the kitchen in the morning, there is a bunch of freshly washed red beans ready to be cooked.

In Tottori they say this is in fact a monkey, hanging around old farmhouses.





Some say it washes azuki beans, others say it rinses rice or chopsticks.
kometogi ba 米とぎ婆
hashi arai 箸洗い

It is also called

azuki togi 小豆とぎ, rinsing red beans
making a sound like ショキショキ "shoki shoki".

Sometimes his song sounds like
小豆とごうか、人取って食おうか ショキ、ショキ


Shall I rinse red beans?
or catch a human
and eat it?


Other names are

あずい洗い/小豆あらいど/小豆洗い婆/小豆こし/小豆ごしゃごしゃ/小豆さらさら/小豆すり/小豆そぎ/小豆そぎ婆/小豆とぎ/小豆とげ/小豆婆/小豆やら/米とぎ婆/コメカシ/洗濯狐/付け紐小僧/荒神様/山の神/赤小豆洗い/米とぎ婆さま/箸洗い /


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source : morioka_hisamoto

from Takehara Shunsensai 竹原春泉斎 『絵本百物語』
Woodblocks of the Edo Period


Once upon a time at a temle in the village of Takada, the priest cared for the young orphans of the village.

One boy was especially clever.
When the priest showed a box full of red beans and asked how much there were inside, he could immediately tell the number.

The priest was quite surprized and thought to make this boy follow in his priestly profession.
Another of his students, the vicious Enkai, got so envious he threw the intelligent kid to his death, into the well.

From this day on, every night, every night they heared his voice in the well, counting red beans.

Eventually, the vicious Enkai was brought to justice by the local authorities, and received the death penalty for his deed.

From that day on, the souls of the good and the bad student appeared every night, every night after sunset, counting red beans in the well,
or near the river bank.

Nobody wanted to take over this temple any more, and it was left without a priest, when the old monk died, maybe in 1689 ... ?


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azukiarai 小豆洗い insect "washing red beans"
kigo for all autumn

. Chatatemushi, 茶立虫 "tea whisking insect"  
Graphopsocus cruciatus

konachatate 粉茶立(こなちゃたて)
kakurezatoo 隠座頭(かくれざとう)


A group of insects with more than 5000 subgroups, Stenopsocus aphidiformis
Psococerastis tokyoensis, Psocomorpha, Longivalvus nubilus, Psococerastis kurokiana, Amphigerontia sp., Psocodea, Psocoptera, Troctomorpha, Trogiomorpha etc.

Some species have wings, others do not.
The ones without wings are about 1 to 2 milimeters, with long legs. Some resemble small white ants, with a rather large head.

The winged species are about 3 to 7 milimeters, the wings can be much longer than the body.



washing red beans -
a monster turns
KIGO !


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. WASHOKU
Azuki 小豆 red beans
 


. ANIMALS in AUTUMN
SAIJIKI



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11/29/2010

keri ga tsuku

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けりがつく 俳句にやはり KERIがつく

keri ga tsuku
haiku ni yahari
KERI ga tsuku



From the word KERI used in waka and haiku as a final amplifier, this expression has taken root in the everyday language, to signify someting is final, has come to an end and found its solution.

For something ambiguous, the expression is

tamamushi iro 玉虫色 - to shimmer in all colors
like a jewel beetle

玉虫色の決着








. tamamushi 玉虫 / 金花虫 (たまむし) jewel beetle

kigo for late summer





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11/26/2010

Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving -
so many bubbles
in the bowl





. Thanksgiving in USA   





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11/15/2010

autumn dusk

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autumn dusk -
the shadows in my valley
deepen



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aki fukaki haijin wa nani o kaku hito zo

autumn deepens -
I wonder what my haiku friends
are writing right now

Gabi
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aki fukaki tonari wa nani o suru hito zo
Basho


and about Basho, we know
http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.com/2007/11/autumn-deepens-aki-fukashi.html



Basho lived in a place where the space to the neighbuor was just one thin wall and he could hear everything from next-door (next-wall, so to say). But beyond the thin wall, Basho could also hear the deepening autumn as his neighbour, so to day, in space.


autumn deepens
and I wonder,
what is my neighbour doing?

Tr. Gabi Greve, inspired by Hasegawa Kai

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autumn dusk -
so many haiku
in the saijiki


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Friends are trying to understand
allusion, honkadori, parody, plagiat . . .

. Honkadori, the art of quoting haiku


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9/17/2010

What’s a Basho?

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What’s a Basho?

This question has been asked (jokingly),
but I will try and answer with kigo.

We have to consider the spelling, basho and bashoo with a long-sounding oo in Japanese:





spring tournament, haru basho 春場所 (はるばしょ)
summer tournament, natsu basho 夏場所
shichigatsu basho 七月場所 (しちがつばしょ)
Nagoya basho 名古屋場所(なごやばしょ)Nagoya Grand Sumo
. Grand Sumo KIGO




bashoo 芭蕉 (ばしょう) plantain, banana plant ( Musa paradisiaca)
Japanese Skunk Cabbage , mizu bashoo (Lysichiton camtschatcense)
. bashoo in plant names




. bashoofu 芭蕉布(ばしょうふ) "banana fiber cloth"




Matsuo Basho, a Haiku Poet  
松尾芭蕉 (Matsuo Bashoo)







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The question is here

Is Haiku Poetry?
A Quiz of THF The Haiku Foundation

Is Haiku Poetry? / 4th POSITION




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9/01/2010

Wattle Day Australia

  
  


Wattle Day -
perchance I find you
on September first

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. National Wattle Day
AUSTRALIA
 



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5/06/2010

Summer Begins

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summer begins ...
I share my bath
with a centipede




the HAIKU SUMMER begins on May 6 in Japan.


summer begins, May 6, rikka 立夏

Early summer: 6 May – 5 Jun
Mid-summer: 6 Jun – 6 Jul
Late summer: 7 Jul – 7 Aug


. Haiku Summer Natsu



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3/23/2010

spring saijiki

  
  









rainy day -
I finally finished
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2/05/2010

spring begins

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spring sunshine . . .
and all these wrinkles
when he smiles




a new haiku season begins
February 4th : Risshun 立春 Spring begins



Feburary is the coldest winter month in most parts of Japan, but as a convention for writing haiku, spring begins according to the Asian Lunar Calendar !


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1/29/2010

Hachiman

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八幡の思い出ありて季語の旅

so many memories
of Hachiman Shrines ...
my kigo trip



I lived close to Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura.

Today I collected some KIGO about these shrines in Japan.

. Hachiman Shrines and their festivals  



Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū (鶴岡八幡宮)
Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮)




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1/14/2010

first things

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New Year starts
with a lot of work -
first things first








. New Year begins with WORK - KIGO
and work-related rituals


and here

. SAIJIKI - THE NEW YEAR



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1/12/2010

Tachibana

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Tachibana ya
you never know
what's in a name




The Tachibana, Fujiwara, Genji and Heike
are the four great clans of Old Japan.





Here is more, and even some ancient citrus fruit.

tachibana 橘 (たちばな) Tachibana citrus fruit


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Matsuo Basho

橘やいつの野中の時鳥
tachibana ya itsu no nonaka no hototogisu

fragrant mandarin oranges -
when and in what field (do I hear)
the hototogisu


hototogisu 時鳥 lit. "bird of time"

The fragrant tachibana are associated with the fourth lunar month, while the lesser cuckoo belongs to the fifth lunar month of old waka poetry.


Basho draws on a waka
from the Kokin Wakashu 古今集, Summer 139


五月待つ 花橘 香をかげば
昔の人の 袖の香ぞする


satsuki matsu hanatachibana no ka o kageba
mukashi no hito no sode no ka zo suru

When I breathe in the scent
of the mandarin orange blossoms
that await the Fifth Month,
I recall the fragrance of the sleeves
of one I loved long ago.

Tr. David L. Barnhill
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with a memorial stone at Kiyomizu temple, Otowa town, Shizukoa
静岡市音羽町 清水寺



駿河路や花橘も茶の匂ひ
Suruga ji ya hana tachibana mo cha no nioi

Suruga road -
Tachibana blossoms
smell of tea too

Tr. Gabi Greve

Written on the 15th day of the 5th lunar month.
元禄7年5月17日, Basho age 51

The region was and still is famous for its tea planations.
The fragrance of Tachibana is very strong, but the smell of tea blossoms is even stronger here.
Suruga province 駿河国 is the old name of the Shizuoka region.
The bay is Suruga Bay 駿河湾.

. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


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Suruga Province (駿河国, Suruga no kuni)
was an old province in the area that is today the central part of Shizuoka prefecture.
It was sometimes called Sunshū (駿州). Suruga bordered on Izu, Kai, Sagami, Shinano, and Tōtōmi provinces; and had access to the Pacific Ocean through Suruga Bay.

Suruga was one of the original provinces of Japan established in the Nara period under the Taihō Code. The original capital of the province was located in what is now Numazu, which also had the Kokubun-ji and the Ichinomiya (Mishima Taisha) of the province. Under the Engishiki classification system, Suruga was ranked as a "major country" (上国), and was governed by a Kuni no miyatsuko.




In a 680 AD cadastral reform, the districts forming Izu Province were administratively separated from Suruga, and the provincial capital was relocated to the right bank of the Abe River in what is now Shizuoka City.

Records of Suruga during the Heian period are sparse, but during the Kamakura period, Suruga was under direct control of the Hōjō clan, and with the development of the Kamakura Shogunate came increased traffic on the Tōkaidō road connecting Kamakura with Kyoto. The province came under the control of the Imagawa clan for much of the Sengoku period, and the Imagawa made efforts to introduce the customs and rituals of the kuge aristocracy to their capital. After Imagawa Yoshimoto was defeated by Oda Nobunaga at the Battle of Okehazama, the province taken by Takeda Shingen of Kai, and in turn by Tokugawa Ieyasu from Mikawa and Tōtōmi.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi forced the Tokugawa to exchange their domains for the provinces of the Kantō region, and reassigned Sunpu Castle to one of his retainers, Nakamura Kazuichi. However, after the defeat of the Toyotomi at the Battle of Sekigahara, Tokugawa Ieyasu recovered his former domains, and made Sunpu Castle his home after he formally retired from the position of Shōgun.

During the Edo period, Suruga prospered due to its location on the Tōkaidō, and numerous post towns developed. The Tokugawa Shogunate forbid the construction of bridges on the major rivers of Suruga Province (such as the Ōi River) for defensive purposes, which further led to town development on the major river crossings.
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tachibana 橘 (たちばな) Tachibana citrus fruit


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1/04/2010

Daruma Sunset

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達磨記 きょうの夕日もだるま色
Daruma ki kyoo no yuuhi mo Daruma iro

Daruma Anniversary!
The sunset tonight
In Daruma Colors.








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Sunset, Sunrise, Kigo and Daruma san




Daruma Sunset だるま夕日 Daruma yuuhi


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1/03/2010

first dream

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first dream . . .
the images frozen
on my pillow





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12/27/2009

WKD - Yellow Sand (koosa)

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Yellow sand  黄砂 (こうさ) koosa
from the Gobi desert, blowing over to Japan

kigo for all spring
in Japan


tsuchifuru, bai 霾 (つちふる, ばい) "it is raining earth"
koojin banjoo 黄塵万丈(こうじんばんじょう)
"yellow dust/sand is whirling high up in the sky"
(The translations falling dust / dirt rain seem a bit problematic for these yellow sand storms.)


mookoo kaze 蒙古風(もうこかぜ)Mongolian wind
baiten 霾天(ばいてん)heaven full of yellow sand
baifuu 霾風(ばいふう)wind with yellow sand, sand strom
..... tsuchikaze つちかぜ

yonagumori 霾晦(よなぐもり)"cloudy with earth"
..... tsuchigumori つちぐもり
..... yonabokori よなぼこり

kosa kitaru 胡沙来る(こさきたる)yellow sand coming
kosa aru 胡沙荒る(こさある) yellow sand is wild

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shunjin 春塵 (しゅんじん) spring dust
haru no chiri 春の塵(はるのちり)
harubokori 春埃(はるぼこり)dust in spring (hokori)
sajin arashi 砂じんあらし(さじんあらし)storm of sand
suna-arashi, sunaarashi 砂あらし(すなあらし)
sand storm

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gelber Sand
Phänomen, wenn Löss aus China vom Wind aufgewirbelt und verbreitet wird.




distribution of yellow sand in February 2009


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A dust storm / sand storm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions.
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Asian Dust (also yellow dust, yellow sand, yellow wind or China dust storms) is a seasonal meteorological phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months.
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cherry blossom time -
the yellow sand covers
everything



in 2007

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黄砂 the yellow sand from the Gobi Desert
koosa, hwang sa
in April 2008

Although the mountain cherries are out now, we can hardly see them on the other side of the valley. This year is pretty bad ... in many parts of Japan. Korea is also severely experiencing this phenomenon, with red alert in many cities. And Peking, Mongolia ...


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Yellow sand in Peking


the Scourge of the Gobi
Yellow Sand Alert in Korea External LINK

YELLOW SAND MONITOR External LINK

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Today again ... (April 18, 2006)

strong currents brought the yellow sand from the Gobi desert in China.
Yellow sand blows into Japan from deserts in China and Mongolia each spring, sometimes reaching Kyoto and impeding the visibility of things.

Koosa in Kyoto
Yellow Sand in Kyoto

On the other hand,
a Japan-China research team says yellow sand helps cool off the Earth.

The Gobi Desert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobi


yellow sand
drifts in the valley
ear, nose and throat



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Mongolian wind
in late december ...
climate changes


Gabi Greve, December 26, 2009

Strong currents brought it to many parts of Japan and also to my valley.


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Yellow sand was observed in wide areas of western Japan on Saturday in a rare winter occurrence of the phenomenon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It is the first time since 1993 that yellow sand has been observed in the nation in the month of December. The meteorological phenomenon, which usually occurs in spring, makes the sky hazy and reduces visibility.

Yellow sand was detected in Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Tottori, Hiroshima and other prefectures in western Japan. Visibility at many observation points in the prefectures was over 10 km, but it fell to 7 km in Tottori and 8 km in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture. The sand is believed to have been carried from China by westerly winds, the agency said.
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Ohaga, my Valley and Japan
March 20 / 21 of 2010

STORM 大荒れ


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March 20, 2010 at 10:10 am
A strong weather disturbance in Western China has hit Beijing with a huge sandstorm from the Gobi Desert. While Beijing suffers periodically from sand blown from the nearby desert, this is the most intense sandstorm to hit the capital city in years.

Experts said that affected by Mongolia cyclone, from Tuesday to Wednesday's afternoon, sandstorm covered most areas of northwest China and the northern and western areas of north China, including Beijing, together with five to seven degree strong wind.

An estimated 300 000 Tons of Sand Loaded on Beijing
http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/beijing-hit-sandstorm-gobi-desert


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二荒山墨絵ぼかしに霾れり
Futaara san sumie bokashi ni tsuchi fureri

an ink painting
of Futarasan in all gradations -
it is raining sand


Matsuzaki Tetsunosuke 松崎鉄之介

. Futaara San in Nikkoo .


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. Mongolia Saijiki .


. YELLOW and haiku .


Haboob, sandstorm Arizona, USA

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12/17/2009

first ice

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first ice -
a sparrow picks
at its reflection



The bird bath is covered with thin ice,
and the sun is just coming up ...


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hatsugoori 初氷 はつごおり first ice, first frozen water
kigo for mid-winter


. WKD
First Ice and more ICE kigo
 
Eis



Googeling for more haiku of FIRST ICE



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12/04/2009

chives for ascetics

  
  








gyoojana ya -
I climb the mountains
of my dreams









gyoojana 行者菜 Gyojana,
"green chives for mountain ascetics"




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En no Gyoja 役行者、E no Ozunu 小角

Fudo Myo-O and Mountain Ascetics




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11/30/2009

cutting branches

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枝打ちの伝統ありて今もなお
eda-uchi no dentoo arite ima mo nao

keeping the tradition
of cutting cedar branches ...
even now






Check out these beautiful trees and their bonsai versions

. WKD
Forest Work in Winter





Inspried by a TV special about the
Kitayama Daisugi 北山台杉 of Northern Kyoto.
I watched these guys on TV, climbing the thin strong trees straight like a pencil and cut off the branches ... I had just covered this kigo before, in a sort of "prosaic" way out of the books, and suddenly it came to life !

I am always surprized at coincidences in life
and this was one.



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