Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
When I started this daily haiku meme I wasn't aware of the time it would need. Surely this month, with all those classical Japanese kigo for Spring will take time. It's an every day struggle to provide you, my dear friends, with a daily post with some explanation of the kigo. But ... it's a joy to prepare these post every day and I hope that I will be a good host (and haiku master) for you all.
Today we share haiku on Haru Ichiban (First Spring Gust) first I thought this is about rain, but that isn't what is meant with gust, it's about strong wind or storm. Haru Ichiban is the first strong south wind in Spring this is followed by 2nd, 3rd and 4th south wind (haru niban, haru sanban and haru yenban). This is usually quite a strong storm or gusty wind on the coast of the East side of Japan, toward the end of February and the beginning of March. It used to be a kind of negative kigo partaining to the hardships of the fishermen in Nagasaki. Later on, it became more positive, since after haru ichiban, we know that Spring is coming.
|Credits: Ukai, cormorant fishing|
unalterably intent . . .
Cold evening rain
can`t escape from the loud noise
spring's first storm the person
I can be tomorrow
first southern wind
makes the fisherman anxious -
Spring is coming
with the first southern wind
scent of Cherry blossom