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globalization -
he serves the sushi fish
on french bread


I am talking about Japanese food here, not Haiku !

click the smiley, grin ...


This kind of SUSHI is maybe my own invention.

Since my husband's diet is without rice in the evening, we started placing the delicious sushi fish cuts from the local store on french bread ... and well ... it tastes great. I love the red caviar (ikura) best!


Gabi, to me sushi means fish, which makes the word "fish" redundant.
But I may be wrong. (I do prefer the rhythm without "fish.")

a friend


Dear friend

here is Japan, they put a lot of things on sushi rice (rice cooked with vinegar, sumeshi 酢飯), maybe I can pick up the details up later ...

cucumbers or aubergines or other vegetable, sorts of omelette and egg stuff (they cook it with a bit of sugar, it is a wee bit sweet)

raw chicken or raw horse meet (yes!!) with lots of wasabi for the faint of heart ...

other types of seafood of any kind like mussles and shripms ... and so on.

CLICK for more photos !

We usually buy an item called .. cut fish pieces for sushi rice .. at a special fish store and put it on the french bread, my husband is on a diet, but we do without most of the other ingredients.

Enjoy Japanese food and Japanese culture and Haiku on the sideline !


Thanks for the information, Gabi.
To New Yorkers "sushi" means pretty much a way of preparing raw fish.
But, then, to New Yorkers, "haiku" means a light or humorous verse arranged in three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables, e. g., "Haikus for Jews," "Haikus for Gays," "Haiku U."

The Conclusion of this discussion:
Raw Fish: Sashimi and Sushi


And, Gabi, American definitions of "haiku" are still another story.
Your friend

... ... agreed, agreed, my dear American friend!


Read my Haiku Archives 2007



WKD - Goldfish and KOI

. koi 鯉と伝説 Legends about carps - Karpfen .

. higoi 緋鯉 / ヒゴイ Legends about the Red Carp .


鯉さんも 恋煩いあるか 夜熱し
koi san mo koi wazurai aru ka yoru atsushi

can a carp
get love-sick?
hot summer night

© Gabi Greve, Summer 2007


This is a play on the word KOI

koi, the carp  鯉
koi, the love  恋

koi wazurai, lovesick 恋煩い



carp, koi 鯉
kigo for all summer

golden red carp, higoi 緋鯉 ひごい
"carp with freckles", madaragoi 斑鯉(まだらごい)
"sun carp", higoi 日鯉(ひごい)
"brocade carp", nishikigoi 錦鯉(にしきごい)、 Nishiki
"special carp", kawarigoi 変り鯉(かわりごい)
carp changing its color

CLICK for more photos !CLICK for more photos !Click for more photos !

Carp is a common name for various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae.
© Read the WIKIPEDIA !


kigo for all summer

kingyo 金魚 goldfish

some special names, all kigo

wakin 和金(わきん)"Japanese Gold"
ranchuu 蘭鋳(らんちゅう)
ryuukin 琉金(りゅうきん)
maruo 丸子(まるこ)"round kid"
onaga 尾長(おなが)"long tail"
demekin 出目金(でめきん)"eyes popping out"
shinakin 支那金(しなきん)chinese goldfish
shishigashira 獅子頭(ししがしら)"maks of a lion dancer"
oranda shishigashira 和蘭陀獅子頭(おらんだししがしら)
shuukin 秋金(しゅうきん)"autumn goldfish"
shubunkin 朱文金(しゅぶんきん)
kinranshi 錦蘭子(きんらんし)

gingyo 銀魚(ぎんぎょ)"silver fish"

. kingyouri kingyo uri 金魚売 (きんぎょうり)
vendor of goldfish

CLICK for more photos
kingyodama 金魚玉 (きんぎょだま) round goldfish bowl

..... kingyobachi 金魚鉢(きんぎょばち)


plant kigo for mid-summer

kingyosoo 金魚草 (きんぎょそう) "goldfish plant"
common snapdragon
Antirrhinum majus. Löwenmaul (lion's mouth) in German


plant kigo for all summer

. kingyomo 金魚藻 "goldfish water weeds" .
..... matsumo 松藻(まつも) kind of hornwort)
matsubamo 松葉藻(まつばも)
Analipus japonicus
some of them are placed in goldfish bowls.


kigo for late winter

kangoi 寒鯉 かんごい carp in the cold
itegoi 凍鯉(いてごい)freezing carp

kangoi tsuri 寒鯉釣(かんごいつり)
fishing for carp


. Goldfish - a Hobby in Edo ! .

kingyo shiiku 金魚飼育 breeding goldfish
Before the advent of glass containers, people used pottery basins to look a the goldfish "from above" (uwami 上見).

Breeders tried to produce fish with an attractive back.
Later glass containers were used, and fish cold be
yokomi 横見 viewed from the side.

Individual goldfish where carried around in small glass bowls.

- source : -

- quote -
Past and Present: The History of Goldfish
The history of goldfish begins with the red species found among a group of wild “funa” also known as Crucian Carp, in the southern district of China some 2,000 years ago. These red ancestors have developed into the goldfish we are familiar with today through selective breeding over the centuries.
It is generally believed that goldfish were introduced to Japan from China in 1502, during the middle of Muromachi period. However, in those days, they were exclusively kept by the aristocrats and the wealthy as rare pets. It was not until the Meiji period, after the Edo military government was brought to end, that they became popular among common people.
The history of goldfish cultivation in Yamatokoriyama City is said to date back to 1724 when Lord Yanagisawa Yoshisato entered Yamatokoriyama domain from the realm of Kai (present Yamanashi prefecture). . . .
- source : -


"Two Koi
Swimming Towards Happiness" 喜

- TigerHouseArt print studio -

Two fishes are a symbol of good fortune throughout Asia.
They originally represented two rivers in India -- the Ganges and Yamuna, and in later centuries spread to China, Korea and Japan.
Since water is the source of life, food and wealth, the two fishes have become a standard ICON of good fortune throughout most of Asia.

- Thanks to Mark Schumacher, fb -


hikkoshi no tabi ni ookiku naru kingyo

every time we move
the goldfish
grows bigger

Hoshino Tsunehiko 星野恒彦


. Crucian carp (buna 鮒) in all seasons  
Fam. Carassius


fuku Daruma 福ダルマ / 福だるま / フクダルマ
goldfish named DARUMA

CLICK for more photos

a goldfish
named ”Daruma” -
yes, we KAN

The new prime minister of Japan, Kan Naoto 菅直人, is now in office.
June 2010.

. Daruma Museum  


Koi Herpes Virus
Symptoms include a loss of coordination, skin lesions, sunken eyes, bleeding gills. The ranger tells us they'd lose thirty of the beloved old fish each day at the height of the epidemic. Even the survivors had to be euthanized. Since then, the pond has been drained, cleaned, treated, and now awaits new filters before restocking. The problem is that people still come to the garden to dump their outgrown pet store koi.

a flash of orange
deep in the isolation tank--
spawning season

Linda Papanicolaou
June 2010

Recently, the Yuki Teikei Haiku Club did its annual meeting at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose, California. The central feature of the garden is a koi pond, once filled with fish that were a gift in 1966 from San Jose's sister city, Okayama! Part of our day's activities was a talk by one of the park rangers about their experiences with the Koi Herpes Virus, and a tour of the new fish that are waiting to be reintroduced.



WASHOKU : Carp Dishes from Yonezawa, Yamagata  



Scooping little Goldfish
kingyo sukui 金魚すくい

- quote -
Goldfish scooping
(金魚すくい, 金魚掬い Kingyo-sukui) is a traditional Japanese game in which a player scoops goldfish with a special scooper. It is also called, "Scooping Goldfish", "Dipping for Goldfish" or "Snatching Goldfish". "Kingyo" means goldfish and "sukui" means scooping. Sometimes bouncy balls are used instead of goldfish. Japanese summer festivals or ennichi commonly have a stall for this activity. Both children and adults enjoy the game.
The varieties of goldfish often used in goldfish scooping are "Koaka", "Demekin", and "Anekin".
Rules: .....
Requirements .....
Poi (ポイ poi)
The poi consists of a round plastic frame with a hand grip, and paper on the frame. The poi paper can break easily when put into water, so players should not move the poi too quickly. There are different classes of poi paper. No.7 (7号?) is weaker, and No.5 (5号?) is stronger. In some stalls, staff have unbreakable poi which consist of a net to scoop goldfish instead of paper.
- MORE in the wikipedia -

Utamaro Kitagawa "Kingyo"
喜多川歌麿 『金魚』

famous actor posing as a goldfish vendor
俳優見立夏商人 -- 金魚売り
歌川国貞 Utagawa Kunisada
At the handle of the bucket there are three little glass containers with the fish.


(Summer 2011)
This summer, because of saving electricity and the general mood, there are less summer festivals with fireworks and most festivals close down at 6 in the evening, before it gets dark.
. Japan after the BIG earthquake .


. Koi 鯉 carp and fish as folk toys

Yanai no kingyo choochin 柳井の金魚堤灯
goldfish lanterns from Yanagii

- quote -
Goldfish Lanterns in Yanai
..... Yanai is a small city with a population of just over 34,000.
..... Dating back to the Edo period and once home to Yanai’s prosperous merchant population, the Shirakabe no Machi is a charming district of cobbled streets and small shops selling local handicrafts.
..... Yes, goldfish. The whole city, but particularly the Shirakabe no Machi, is filled with them. Not real goldfish, but delicate paper lanterns that hang outside many of the houses, shops and restaurants. The story goes that, 150 years ago, some of Yanai’s merchants decided to make paper goldfish to entertain their children. They carefully stretched red-dyed tissue paper over bamboo frames, and then pasted on the large round eyes and flowing fins that make the lanterns so distinctive today.
..... On 13th August each year, the city comes to life when more than 2000 goldfish lanterns light up the streets in what is sometimes described as the ‘goldfish nebuta’,
- source : - Amber Mezbourian -

柳井金魚ちょうちん祭り Yanai Goldfish Festival
- source : -

. Yamaguchi Folk Art - 山口県  .


CLICK for more of his parodies with goldfish. 金魚づくし
This is a parody on the fireworks, animals calling
Tamaya, Tamaya, 玉や玉や, a famous fireworks maker in Edo.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 / 金魚づくし kingyo zukushi


. koi 鯉と伝説 Legends about carps - Karpfen .




BACKUP worldkigo 2008


World Kigo Database

..................................................................... December 2008

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Yemen

cha no hana 茶の花 (ちゃのはな) tea blossoms Japan

Nettle tree (enoki) Japan

Dinner, dining, eating ... and more worldwide

Shoochuu 焼酎 (しょうちゅう) Shochu, strong distilled liquor, Schnaps

..................................................................... November 2008

Rabbit, hare (usagi), snow rabbit (yukiusagi) Japan
Kaninchen, Hase

Firefly squid (hotaruika, hotaru ika ホタルイカ(蛍烏賊))

Ika ... squid dishes

Fish roe dishes (hararago) Japan

Mamakari ままかり Fish dishes from Okayama

Satsumaimo, satsuma imo 薩摩薯(さつまいも)sweet potatoes

Uni 海胆 (うに) sea urchin and sea urchin roe (uni 雲丹). Seeigel

Kani 蟹料理 CRAB dishes Krabben.

Horse meat, baniku (ばにく/ 馬肉) basashi, sakuranabe

BUTA ... Pig and Pork (buta, ton 豚 ぶた)

Daruma Ramen, raamen ラーメン Chinese noodle soup

Ainu Food アイヌ料理

Tosa no Inakazushi (inaka sushi) 土佐の田舎寿司 sushi from the countryside of Tosa

..................................................................... October 2008

Ogata Korin Memorial Day (koorin ki)

Winter honey ... Yemen

Sunbirds... India

Pillow (makura, kukurimakura) Japan

Lobster Decoration (kazari-ebi, Ise-ebi kazaru ) Japan

Stone fish, bullhead (okoze)Fish. Japan

Leek (naganegi) green onions, scallion, porree Japan

Itokoni いとこ煮 boiled pumpkin with red beans Yamaguchi

Kiritanpo (kiritampo) きりたんぽ skewers of mashed rice. Japan

Inkstone (suzuri) Japan

..................................................................... September 2008

World Heart Day September 28

Night of Power, Lailatul Qadr / Lailat-Ul-Qadr Yemen

Shichirin 七輪 portable cooking stove Japan

Onigiri おにぎり rice balls Japan

Hanbaiki 販売機 vending maschines for food Japan

Praise, flattery (homekotoba, o-joozu) Japan

Eel dishes (unagi) Japan. Some are kigo

Burdock root (gobo, goboo) Japan. Arctium lappa

Sansai 山菜  Mountain vegetables
. . . Including
Hahakogusa 母子草(ははこぐさ) sweet cudweed
Kogomi こごみ kind of fern
Nobiru のびる (野蒜) wild rocambole
Tsukushi 土筆(つくし)horsetail plant
Warabi わらび(蕨) bracken, fern
Zenmai 薇(ぜんまい) Japanese Royal Fern
Mori no Megumi, Bountiful food from the Forest

Momotaro Nabe ... Peach Boy HodgepodgeMomotaro Haiku by Issa

Dumplings of all kinds (dango) Japan. Mitarashi dango

Yaseuma, "thin horse" wheat noodles from Oita

Fast Food Gourmet ... the Japanese Version

Inari Sushi (inarizushi) Japan

Kanro-Ni, kanroni, sweet simmering Japan

Tsukuda-ni, Tsukudani ... simmered in sweet soy sauce Japan

Konchu Ryori, konchuu ryoori Insects as food

Citrus fruits (kankitsu rui) Japan
mikan, ponkan, hassaku, sudachi, daidai, kabosu, iyokan, sudachi, yuzu, oranges and others

Interesting, exciting, entertaining, amusing ... (omoshiro ya) Japan

Hara hachibu ... eating only 80% of your capacity an Okinawan diet

Breakfast (asagohan, asameshi) Japan

Kitchen (daidokoro) Japanese Kitchen

Trout and sweetfish (ayu, masu, iwana and more) and salmon (benimasu) and yamame Japan

Hamaguri, clam shells, venus clams Venusmuscheln

Tsukiji, the big fish market in Tokyo Tsukiji shijoo

SHUN ... Specialities of the Season

Spring Chrysanthemum (shungiku) Japan

Rape flower pickles (nahanazuke)/ nanohana rapeseed flower dishes Japan

Hitashi, Ohitashi ... quickly boiled vegetables Japan

Cod (tara) and various food items Japan

Kogawa Festival, Kogawa Sai Wakayama, Japan

Brazier (jiko) Kenya

Sambosa, samosa Food during the Ramadan. Yemen

Ameyoko Cheap shopping alley, from Ueno to Okachimachi.

Mikan, mandarin orange, tangerine Japan

Senbei, sembei 煎餅 (せんべい) rice crackers, sweet and salty

Godairiki san festival at temple Daigoji Kyoto, Japan

Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji Kyoto, Japan


..................................................................... August 2008

This month and the following months are full of FOOD kigo and topics,
since I am preparing a WASHOKU SAIJIKI.

Loquat fruit (biwa) Japan

Tonburi seeds from the summer cypress Kochia scoparia Akita, Japan

Donburi Bowl of rice with topping

Shiokara ... salty and pungent fermented fish pasteJapan

Jizake, local ricewine brands

Chopping board, cutting board, chopping block (manaita) Japan


Nara pickles (narazuke) and other tsukemono pickles. Japan

Myoga Ginger (myooga) Japan
Myoga Ginger Festival.

Spikenard, Japanese spikenard (udo)

Alfonsino fish (kinmedai) Beryx splendens

Higo zuiki 肥後ずいき dried taro root

Shippokuk ryoori 卓袱(しっぽく)料理 Shippoku dishes , shippoku cuisine

Sawachi ryoori 皿鉢料理 Sawachi cuisine, celebration food
katsuo no tataki かつおのたたき chopped katsuo fish

Gameni がめ煮 mixed boiled vegetables and chicken meat

Chinmi, special delicasies

WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

Egg, eggs (tamago) Japan

Cherry Blossom Time ... Food Kigo

Deafness-curing sake (jirooshu) Japan

Famine in spring (shunkyuu) Famine in Japanese History

Herring roe praparations (kazu no ko tsukuru) Japan

Mirin (sweet sake for cooking) Japan

Miso paste and related kigo Japan

Turban shell as food (tsuboyaki, yakisazae) Japan

Starwort in cooked rice (yomena meshi)Japan

Rice cakes (mochi) for SPRING a KIGO list

Namasu vinegar dressing (namasu) Japan

Mountain pepper (sanshoo, sansho) Japan

Water (mizu) Drinking Water of Japan

Drinks for summer Japan
Including sweet rice wine (amazake), beer, ice shavings with flavor (kakigoori), barley tea (mugicha), strong liquor (shochu) and many more

Soy Sauce, soya sauce Japan

Rice (gohan, meshi) as food. Japan

Flounder, sole (karei) as food. Japan

SUMMER ... preparing Japanese food
Including natto fermented beans, vinegar (su)

Spring pickles (tsukemono)
Including namasu dressing, dengaku, wasabizuke and many more

Tablewear for Couples rice bowls (meotojawan) / chopsitcks (meotobashi)

Food from the sea and the mountains (umi no sachi, yama no sachi)

Kitaoji Rosanjin, a cook and potter

Knife (hoochoo, waboochoo) Japan

Miso paste Japan

WASHOKU ... Japanese Food Saijiki

Naracha Rice Gruel Japan

Yuba, skin of soy milk Japan

Arisoumi coast, Ariso-Umi Japan

Grasshopper (Platyphyllum concavum, Gampsocleis buergeri) Japan

Autumn Food ... ... KIGO list

Winter food ... ... KIGO LIST

Roe, fish roe dishes (sujiko and many others) Japan

Yam potatoe dishes (tororo jiru) Japan

Temple Kokawadera and a Basho stone memorial

Pivot ... its use in waka and haiku

Kamakhya Temple near Guwahati in Assam India.
And other pilgrimages worldwide.


..................................................................... July 2008

Sweat (ase) Japan. Perspiration, transpiration and related kigo

Asakayama ... 安積山 Mountain near Koriyama, Fukushima pref. Matsuo Basho on his way ...

Demon's gate (kimon) ... Japan

Dinner tray (zen), box tray (hako zen) ... Japan

Nishiyama Soin and the Danrin School (Soo-In) 西山宗因, 談林派

Lottery, lottery ticket (takarakuji) Japan

Melon / cool melon / watermelon Yemen

Flood (koozui, aki demizu) .. Japan. Floods, flooding. Worldwide.

..................................................................... June 2008

Karma, the Net of Indra ... Indra Net, Inter Net ... :)

Indian paintbrush (Castilleja) North America

WKD : New England Saijiki

Naked Festivals (Hadaka Matsuri) Japan. LIST

Yui Town Big Drum Festival (O-Taiko Matsuri ) Japan

Urasa Naked Festival at Temple Fukoo-Ji (Urasa no Doo Oshi) Japan

Jazz Music North America

Violett and Purple : MURASAKI in Haiku Lady Murasaki Shikibu

Chameleon, Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) Yemen

Shrine Tada Jinja ... and Matsuo Basho

Rice gruel (kayu) Japan

Toji, Temple Too-Ji in Kyoto Japan

Independence Day, June 12, 1898Philippines

Swallowtail butterflies (agehachoo) Yemen, Japan

Elm tree (Ulmus) Europa, North America

Kasuga Shrine Festivals (Kasuga matsuri, Wakamiya On Matsuri)

Rhode Island USA

Kuromori Kabuki ... 黒森歌舞伎 (くろもりかぶき ) Yamagata prefecture. Japan

Donzuki Matsuri ... どんづき祭 "Body throwing festival", Niigata, Japan

Hasedera no Tada-oshi ... 長谷寺のただ押し (はせでらのただおし)Hasedera Temple Festival, Sakurai, Nara, Japan

Takewari Matsuri ... 竹割祭 (たけわりまつり) Bamboo splitting festival. Japan

Kashihara matsuri ... 橿原祭 Kashihara Shrine Festival. Japan

Towns of India and haiku India

Dream (yume), First Dream (hatsuyume) Japan

Official, minor official (yakunin, koyakunin) Japan, Edo period

Kato Shuson (1905-1993)

Sand, hot sand (nessa) Japan

..................................................................... May 2008

Family altar, Buddhist family altar (butsudan) Japan

Spikemoss (iwahiba, iwamatsu) Japan. Sellaginella tamariscina

Iris, bearded Iris (Iris albicans) Yemen

Paper clothing, paper robes (kamiko) Japan

White Dew (shiratsuyu) Japan

Lawn, grass, turf (shiba) Japan. ... and related kigo

New Year Arrow (hamaya) Japan

Goto Takatoshi Takatoshi Gotoh

Trillium family of flowers (kinugasa soo) .. Japan. North America

Delhi, Old Delhi, New Delhi. India

Bombay, Mumbai . India

Lucknow . India

Kumano Road (Kumano Kodo Japan

Saga Dawa / Vesak Celebrations Buddhist Communities

Rhododendron (shakunage, sekinan ) Japan

Shimabara no taiyuu no doochuu ...  Shimabara Geisha Procession (Kyoto)
Shimabara taiyuu no doochuu

Miyako Odori .. "Dance of the Capital" in Kyoto

Naniwa Odori ... Naniwa Dance in Osaka

Haru Matsuri .. Spring Festival. General

Azuma Odori .. Azuma Dance, Tokyo Dance

Kamogawa Odori .. Kamogawa Dance in Kyoto
Garden (niwa), Park (teien, tei-en) Japanese Garden, Zen Garden ...

Storehouse, warehouse (kura, dozoo) Japan

Masahide, Mizuta Masahide (1657-1723)

Shushiki (Shuushiki 秋色) (1668-1725)

Hi no Oka Pass (Hi no Oka Tooge) Japan

Sand skiing, dune skiing Yemen

Pinewood Derby North America

Barangay Fiesta Philippines. and The Santacruzan

Haiku Sweets (haika 俳菓) Japan

Ghosts (yookai, bakemono) Japan

Imagination in Haiku ... Theory

San Miguel Beer Philippines

Straw hats (dholas, kofias and hadrami) Yemen

Sunflower (himawari) Japan. Europa. North America

Four Directions (toozai nanboku)East, West, North, South

Dontaku .. Dontaku Festival in Hakata, Japan

Go, a board game, igo 囲碁 (Japan)

Green Week, Greenery Day (midori no shuukan, midori no hi) Japan

Cassia blossoms (Cassia fistula) India. ... amaltaas, bendra lathi, aragvadha and other names

Cockroach (gokiburi, aburamushi) Japan
..... and more summer insects and little animals ...

Turtle, turtoise (kame) Japan

Grains, the five grains (gokoku) Japan

Deutzia blossoms (u no hana, unohana) Japan

Bataan Beach, Bataan Day Philippines

Buddha's Birthday, Flower Festival, Flower Hall (kanbutsu-e, kambutsu-e, shuuni-e, hanamatsuri, hana midoo   Japan. sweet tea (amacha) and more

Utamakura, Place Names in Japanese Poetry "Poetry Pillow Words", makurakotoba

PLACE NAMES used in Haiku Japan and Worldwide

..................................................................... April 2008

Nozawa Boncho 野沢 凡兆 (Nozawa Bonchoo, 1640? - 1714) and his wife Tome, Ukoo 羽紅

Bulbul bird (hiyodori) Japan, Yemen, Kenya and other regions

Grouse, snow grouse, "Thunderbird" (raichoo) Japan

Fish Market Philippines

Airlie Beach Australia

Olympic Games Olympics

Malaysia Haiku

Tourist, sightseer, traveller, visitor ... worldwide

Larks, various types Yemen

Beans in autumn kigo ... the plants also Peanuts plants. Ingen Mame.

Taal Lake Philippines

Tawilis (Sardinella tawilis) Philippines

Peanuts Japan, Philippines

Scilla, Siberian Squill (Scilla Sibirica) Russia, Europe.

Coconuts, Coconut palms Philippines, India

Higashiyama Culture and Haiku

Japanese Culture Week, 2008 Kenya

Ageing ... Kenya

Milkfish (Chanos chanos) also called Bangus. Boneless Bangus. Philippines

Flamingo Yemen

Snack served with tea (cha no ko, o-cha no ko) Japan

Botamochi Rice Cakes (Botamochi) Japan
Botamochi Ceremony

Water dragon, Physignathus lesueurii Australia

..................................................................... March 2008

Herring (nishin) Japan. Koorai Iwashi

Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma, Delonix regia) Two Trees with orange blossoms


Migrant fishermen (watari gyofu) Hokkaido, Japan

Irrigation Ceremony (minakuchi matsuri, nawashiro matsuri) Japan

Will-o'-the-wisp (kitsunebi, onibi) Japan

Groundbreaking ceremony (jichinsai, jimatsuri) Japan

Dawn in spring, Spring morning light (shungyoo, haru no akebono)
Spring morning (haru no asa, haru no akatsuki) and others

Holi Festival.. Dol Yatra (the Swing Festival)India. Also introducing Chillum and Bhang.

Jelly strips (tokoroten) Japanese Food

Blind Woman from Echigo (Echigo goze) Japan. Introducing haiku from Echigo

Manzai (New Year's Comic Performance) Japan

Polar bear = ours polaire (ou « ours blanc » ) Canada. Eisbär

Husky = chien de traîneau (ou « husky ») Canada

Kuroda Momoko 黒田杏子 Haiku Poetess

Chichibu Festival (Chichibu Matsuri
Chichibu Night Festival (Chichibu Yomatsuri)

Kobo Daishi Kukai (Kooboo Daishi Kuukai) and Esoteric Buddhism Japan

Neem blossoms, neem tree, magosa (Azadirachta indica) India. And Ugadi Pachadi

Saigyo Hoshi Memorial Day (Saigyoo Ki) Japan. Saigyoo Hooshi

Nightingale singing competition (uguisu awase) Japan.

Arii Shokyu-Ni(1713-1781) "the Nun Shokyu". Nagamatsu Nami, Kohakuan.
Kohakuan Fufuu, Arii Fufuu (1702 - 1762), her husband
Chomu (Choomu) 蝶夢 (1732 - 1796), a Buddhist priest shookyuuni shokyuuni shokyu ni

Kite, black kite, Milan noir (tobi, tombi) Japan. Milvus migrans

Amihan and Habagat Monsoon Philippines

Boomerang Australia

Insects awaken, insects come out, bugs come out, bugs wake up, insects appear again, insects stir (keichitsu) Insects wake up. Japan
..... Frost descends (sookoo)

Matsushima 松島Japan

Leap day, leap year (2008) February 29

Bud of trees, treebuds (ko no me, konome) Japan

Bat (koomori, kawahori) Japan

Stone wall (stonewall) (ishigaki) Japan

..................................................................... February 2008

Wheat and Barley (mugi) and related kigo Japan

Coral Tree Blossoms (Erythrina indica) Tiger's claw, Sunshine Tree. India

Common cold and flu (kaze) coughing, sneezing, God of the Cold. Japan, worldwide

Water tank (As-Saharieg) Yemen

Desert rose (Adenium obesum). Yemen

Utsu no Yama, Mount Utsu, Mt. Utsu near Okabe in Shizuoka, Japan

Three treasures of Haiku and ISSA

Temple Saimyo-Ji and Issa

I, the first person (ware, watakushi, ore) used in haiku Japan

Donald Keene

Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia Family . Yemen, North America

. . . . . Pakistan ... Haiku in Pakistan

Desert, sand desert Yemen

Canna lily Yemen

Dates, ripe dates from the Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) Yemen

Eid Al-Kabir, Aid Al Kabir Yemen

Khat, Catha edulis, chewing khat Yemen

..................................................................... January 2008


Jasmine Yemen

Oleander (kyoochikutoo) Japan. Yemen

Rose of Sharon (mukuge) / Hibiscus (bussooge) Japan. Yemen

Toribeno Cemetery in Kyoto Japan

Sumidagawa River Tokyo, Japan

Tao Yuanming To Enmei, Chinese poet 365 - 427 陶淵明

Takeda Butsugai Fusen ... 1795~1867

Kamikaze, Divine Wind Japan

Dalia (daria) Japan, India

Salt (shio) and salted winter food Japan

Issa and the God of Poverty (bimbogami)

Naito Joso (Naito Joosoo 内藤丈草) (1662 - 1704)

Tattoo, Tatoo (irezumi, horimono) Japan

Garlic chives (nira) and its blossoms (nira no hana) Japan

Balls, decorative hand balls (temari) Japan. Ball catching song, ball bouncing song (temari uta)

KAMASU : straw back, tobacco pouch, Pacific sandeel (Ammodytes personatus) Japan

Swan (hakuchoo) Japan

Fatsia japonica blossoms (yatsude no hana) Japan, Japanese Aralia

Iida Ryuta (Iida Ryouta) 1920-2007
Iida Dakotsu, his father (1885 - 1962)

Buddha Dainichi Nyorai Ceremonies and kigo

First Day of the Tiger (Hatsu Tora ) Japan. visit to Kurama Temple in Kyoto on the first day of the tiger: Kurama hatsu tora mairi .. and related kigo

Pongal Spring Festival India. Kolam decorations.

Boma Homesteads Kenya

Juuni Shinshoo 十二神将 Twelve Heavenly Generals, 12 Warrior Generals

Bishamonten, Tamonten (Vaishravana) Japan. Bishamonten Festival, Messenger of Bishamonten

Song, singing (uta) Japan. A list of kigo.

First Poetry Meeting at court(utakai hajime)

Eid Al-kabir on the pilgrimage to Mekka

Lotus Temple Delhi

Issa and O-Take Nyorai お竹如来

... Kamakura, a Haiku Town in Japan

Flamingo Gulf of Aden

Night work (yonabe) Japan

Mallet for good luck (fuku tsuchi) Japan. Mallet for pounding cloth (kinuta)

Fulling block (kinuta) Japan.Pounding cloth. Mallet for beating straw (wara kinuta) and more

Onomatopoetic Words used in Haiku

Boxing Day Australia, New Zealand, UK

Basho and the Ukimido Floating Hall, Lake Biwa

Australian Seasons ...

Seasons Beginning ... Japan, a KIGO list

Long Life Ceremony (enjusai ) Japan

Inahata Teiko (1931 -)
President of the Japan Traditional Haiku Association


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WKD - lizard tokage chameleon


cutting trees -
a lizard watches
from the highest branch


lizard 蜥蜴 (とかげ) tokage

Lizards are a large and widespread group of squamate reptiles, with nearly 5,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica as well as most oceanic island chains. The group, traditionally recognized as the suborder Lacertilia, is defined as all extant members of the Lepidosauria (reptiles with overlapping scales) which are neither sphenodonts (i.e., Tuatara) nor snakes. While the snakes are recognized as falling phylogenetically within the anguimorph lizards from which they evolved, the sphenodonts are the sister group to the squamates, the larger monophyletic group which includes both the lizards and the snakes.
Most lizard species are harmless to humans. Only the very largest lizard species pose threat of death; the Komodo dragon, for example, has been known to stalk, attack, and kill humans.

Active hunters, the Gekkota includes three families comprising the distinctive cosmopolitan geckos and the legless flap-footed lizards of Australia and New Zealand. Like snakes, the geckos and the flap-footed lizards lack eyelids. Unlike snakes, they use their tongues to clean their often highly developed eyes. While gecko feet have unique surfaces which allow them to cling to glass and run on ceilings, the flapfoot has lost its limbs. The three families of this suborder are:
Family Eublepharidae – Eublepharid Geckos
Family Gekkonidae – Geckos
Family Pygopodidae – Flap-footed Lizards
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

KIGO for various seasons


kigo for spring

tokage ana o izu 蜥蜴穴を出づ (とかげあなをいづ )
lizzard coming out of his hole

togake ana o deru 蜥蜴穴を出る(とかげあなをでる)
tokage izu 蜥蜴出づ(とかげいづ) lizard coming out
kigo for mid-spring

dragon lizard
kigo for spring

Goanna / Monitor Lizard
topic for haiku in Australia


all summer

tokage 蜥蜴 (とかげ) lizard
aotokage 青蜥蜴(あおとかげ)
ruritokage 瑠璃蜥蜴(るりとかげ)
shimatokage 縞蜥蜴(しまとかげ)

kurotokage 黒蜥蜴 black tokage
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yamori 守宮 (やもり) Japanese gecko
... 屋守(やもり, ヤモリ)
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imori 井守 (いもり) newt, eft, kind of salamander
akahara 赤腹(あかはら)
ibo imori イボイモリ (Tylototriton andersoni)
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source :

sanshoouo, sanshoo uo
山椒魚 さんしょううお salamander

..... hanzaki はんざき / 鯢 "cut in half"
(referring to the tail that might come off in danger, but the animal is not killed by this)
Hanzaki Daimyojin 鯢大明神 from Okayama
- 鯨鯢供養の地域的展開-捕鯨地域を中心に / by 松崎憲三

..... hashigami uo 椒魚(はしがみうお)"mountain pepper fish"
aburame 油魚(あぶらめ)"oil fish"
hatake dojoo はたけどじょう "loach of the field"
Hakone sanshoo uo 箱根山椒魚(はこねさんしょううお)
"salamander from Hakone"
Fuji sanshoo uo 富士山椒魚(ふじさんしょううお)
"salamander from Mount Fuji"

The hanzaki
is an aggressive salamander that grabs its prey with its powerful jaws.

- quote -
the Hanzaki is harmless... but others seem to disagree, as it does possess a good bite and has bitten humans prying too near its underwater home. Granted, the salamander in the River Monsters video is pretty pissed off at being unceremoniously ripped from its hiding hole.

. . . Anyhow ... here's some facts:

also known as the giant pepper fish (Ōsanshōuo
lives to about 80 years of age - a captive one live for 52 years;
5-feet (1.524 meters) long;
50 pounds (22.7 kilograms);
long muscular body;
has hands and fingers;
has rows of hidden teeth inside its mouth;
eats fish, but will swallow it whole, where the fish is alive inside it until its gastric juices kill it;
lives in cool, clear streams;
when threatened it releases a milky substance that smells like pepper;
poor eyesight;
has sensory cells along body that help it hunt and sense prey;
lays eggs under water - two eggs sacs each containing about 70 eggs at a time;
2nd-largest salamander in world after Chinese Giant Salamander at 1.8 meters (6-feet);
survivor from the Upper Jurassic age of 140 million years ago.

According to a story from Japan, about 400 years ago in Asahigawa Asahi River at a placed called Ryuto-ga-fuchi (Dragon's Head Abyss) locals say there was a giant Giant Salamander that was 11 meters (36 feet) in length with a body diameter of about 5.5 meters (18 feet).
... So... do the legends of the Japanese Kappa water spirit owes it origins to the Hanzaki Japanese giant salamander?
We'll never know, of course, unless someone invents a WayBack Machine... but it seems as good a place to start as any.
source : Andrew Joseph

. Kappa names - hanzaki はんざき .  
- The Kappapedia Blog -

. hazekoi はぜ鯉 sanshouo 山椒魚 Salamander .
6 legends about the salamander to explore


kigo for mid-summer

yamori o tsuku 守宮を搗く (やもりをつく)
pounding a gecko

imori o tsuku 井守を搗く(いもりをつく)pounding a newt
imori no in 井守の印(いもりのしるし) seal of a newt

In ancient China it was believed that when you smear the body of a woman with the blood of a yamori, the red color could not be washed off, only if she sleeps with a man would it disappear. To give a proof of the chastity of the concubines in the Imperial Palace, it was the custom on May 5 to pound these animals and smear the blood on the girls' bodies. (Hence the spelling of Japanese characters, meaning "protector of the palace".)
This custom was practised in Japan for some time, it seems.


kigo for mid-autumn

tokage ana ni iru 蜥蜴穴に入る(とかげあなにいる)
lizard begins to hibernate

"lizard goes into his hole"


Not a kigo

. Komodo Dragon (Indonesia )  


found on the way

imori no kuroyaki いもりのくろやき(井守の黒焼(き))
love potion
A mail and female newt are smoldered black and then made into a powder, which is put secretly into the glass of ricewine or other drink of your darling-to-be.

Love potion (horegusuri 惚薬)



. Skink lizzard, Blue-tongued skink .
the skink family (Scincidae)


Florida, USA

Ameiva, commonly called jungle-runners, is a genus of whiptail lizards that belongs to the family of Teiidae. Member species are found in South America, Central America, Mexico, and throughout various islands of the Caribbean. Additionally, the Giant Ameiva has been introduced to Florida in the United States.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

They are around all year and thus a topic for haiku.

june morning -
a giant ameiva
runs from a bird

- Shawn Lee Whitney - JOJ -



topic for haiku

bright morning -
a colored chameleon
on a flower vase

Elung'ata Barrack, Kenya

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(kamereon in Japanses カメレオン, a kind of tokage)


a chameleon
slowly crossing the road . . .
Longido Hills

Patrick Wafula

Arusha Diary 2010


a salamander peeps
through a cracked wall-
sudden light

Andrew Otinga


chameleon --
my cousin screams
while running away

coffee plant --
a chameleon turns
to green colour

Douglas Nugi



Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)



old tree--
into its stillness
a grass lizard

roh mih, Manila, Philippines


how small!
the lizard
I am afraid of

- Shared by Hengameh Ahmadi -
Joys of Japan, August 2012


old pine --
a lizard leaves its tail
in my fingers

- Shared by Ed Bremson -
Joys of Japan, August 2012




WKD - Nobo san Shiki


he changes his name
like a career fish . . .
Nobo san


Masaoka Tsunenori 正岡常規
Tokoronosuke 処之助 as a child

Noboru 升 as a school boy and student
this name was amicably shortened to

He was fond of baseball as a student and made a joke of his name

nobooru 野球(のぼーる)"baseball"
野球 is usually read yakyuu and is the Japanese for the game of baseball.
booru is a Japanese way to pronounce BALL.

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shiki 子規 Cuculus poliocephalus

He took the haiku name of SHIKI 子規 when he was editor of the haiku magazine HOTOTOGISU, because of tuberculosis, he would spit blood. The inside of the mouth of the cuckoo is so red that it looks like blood when the bird is singing. He started using this name when the tuberculosis hit him.

The word SHIKI can also mean
"The four seasons 四季" in Japanese.

For a while, he used the name
Ochi Tokoronosuke 越智処之助(おち ところのすけ)

Nobo Guide
Haiku Mailing List

On his sickbed, a friend taught him how to paint. This sharpened his eyes even more for SHASEI, to sketch from nature.
And this in turn sharpened his eye for haiku, to see the little things in life and report them in simple language ...
He encouraged people, so not only poets could write haiku, but anyone with a keen eye and a good vocabulary.

almost like TWITTER
he encourages folks to communicate ...
Nobo san


SHIKI, Masaoka Shiki
正岡 子規(まさおか しき)

(1867, October 14 - 1902, September 19)

3 kigo for mid-autumn / September 19

Shiki ki 子規忌 memorial day of Shiki

hechima-ki 糸瓜忌 (へちまき) Sponge-gourd anniversary
This naming stems from the sponge-gourd (hechima), used as a medicineal plant against phlegm for tuberculosis. He used the word HECHIMA in many of his haiku.

Dassai Ki 獺祭忌(だっさいき)Dassai memorial day
Otter Festival Anniversary
He referred to himself as dassai, and published "Dassai Sho-oku Haiwa 獺祭書屋俳話" in Meiji 26 (1893).
"Haiku Talks from the Otter's Den"

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Dassai is a name of the Otter Festival, also an ancient name of part of the prefecture Yamaguchi. Fishotters catch fish and place them on the riverside, almost as if they wanted to show them as offerings. This custom has been the subject of many old poems.

Masaoka saw himself as one who scattered his books around on the floor of his small room, just like the otter spreads out the fish he caught. His room was always cluttered and it was hard to walk around in it.
He kept notes and collected many words in small "encyclopedias" for himself as reference to improve his vocabulary and thus his poetry. Even when forced to lie down almost all the time, he had books scattered all around his pillow.

He even called his home
Hermitage of the Otter 獺祭魚庵 Dassaigyo An
and he was the" scatterer of books"
獺祭書屋主人 Dassai Sho-oku Shujin

The details about his work are here
. Masaoka Shiki 正岡子規
and Matsuyama City 松山

uchi hareshi sabishisa mizu ya Dassai ki

Kubota Mantaro 万太郎


. kigo for early spring  

kawauso uo o matsuru 獺魚を祭る (かわうそうおをまつる)
otter festival

oso no matsuri 獺の祭(おそのまつり)
..... dassai 獺祭(だっさい)
..... dassaigyo 獺祭魚(だっさいぎょ)

One of the 72 seasonal points of the lunar calendar.

shichijuuni koo 七十二候 72 seasonal points


- Shared by Joys of Japan, September 2012 -

X-Ray Clinic
as I wait for my turn
I read Shiki poems

Sandip Sital Chauhan

on his lips
names for the colors of red ~
Shiki Day

Elaine Andre


Memorial Days of Haiku Poets

Shusseuo, shusse uo 出世魚 "career fish"

One more from my archives, June 2010:

. "Twitter is like haiku,
It is so Japanese."

Rocky Eda, manager for Digital Garage



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