Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It looks like we have finally Summer here in The Netherlands. Spring was long cold and very wet. And now we have warm weather, a lot of sunshine and it feels great. Of course it's early Summer, but I am very happy with this weather after the cold rainy May month. So today's prompt, Hatsugatsuo (first Bonito), a early Summer kigo, is very welcome.
By the way as I wrote in an earlier post (the one about Boys' Day) I have contacted Jane Reichhold, and I am happy and excited to tell you all that in July our Special episodes are all haiku written by Jane Reichhold, she has given me permission to use all of her haiku (+ 5000) and she has answered a few questions which I had included in my e-mail. I will prepare a Carpe Diem Preview later on this week. I was so excited that she has given me permission to use her haiku that I couldn't sleep last night. I am really happy with her permission.
OK ... back to today's prompt, Hatsugatsuo (first Bonito). During the Edo period, Kamakura was famous for the first bonito to be fished at the beaches of the inlay. The very first ones were offered at Hachimangu with prayers for a good fishing season.
A revolution took place in the centuries from the time of the Kamakura shogunate, which coexisted with the Tenno's court, to the Tokugawa, when the bushi became the unchallenged rulers in what historian Edwin O. Reischauer called a "centralized feudal" form of government. Instrumental in the rise of the new bakufu was Tokugawa Ieyasu, the main beneficiary of the achievements of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Already powerful, Ieyasu profited by his transfer to the rich Kantō area. He maintained 2.5 million koku of land, new headquarters at Edo, a strategically situated castle town (the future Tokyo), and also had an additional two million koku of land and thirty-eight vassals under his control. After Hideyoshi's death, Ieyasu moved quickly to seize control from the Toyotomi family.
This is the time in which Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and a lot of other haiku-poets lived e.g. Yosa Buson and Kobayashi Issa.
you made it
past Kamakura alive -
first Katsuo bonito
|Hatsugatsuo, first Bonito ... a delicious dish|
They would have been alive when they left Kamakura
a golden thaler -
my first catch
the line almost breaks
a gold carp
hooked at my fishing line -
in deep silence