Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Carpe Diem #603, Mount Fuji

!! I publish this episode earlier than I normally do, but I am in the nightshift !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all did like the GW-post about Richard Wright (1908-1960) and that it inspired you to write all new haiku. Today our prompt will be Mount Fuji the Holy Mountain of Japan. There are a lot of haiku written about Mt. Fuji, so I have made a nice overview of these haiku. I hope you all will like the read.

katatsuburi soro-soro nobore fuji no yama

little snail
inch by inch, climb
Mount Fuji!
© Issa

mugi kari fuji mi-dokoro no enoki kana

a Mt. Fuji viewing spot
for barley harvesters -
nettle tree

© Issa

Credits: Mount Fuji

hatsu-gatsuo tsuide nagara mo fuji (no) yama

right after
summer's first bonito -
Mount Fuji

© Issa

mannaka ni fuji sobietari kuni no haru

in the centre,
mount Fuji towers up:
spring in our country
© Sho-u

fuji hitotsu uzumi nokoshite wakaba kana

only Mount Fuji
is not covered with them -
fresh new leaves

© Buson
Credits: Mount Fuji (2)

fujiomite tooru hikari toshino ichi

gazing at Mount Fuji
a person passes through -
a year-end fair

© Buson

haari tobu ya fuji no susono no koie yori

winged ants fly into the air
out of a small house
at the foot of Mount Fuji

© Buson

blest be your journey!
men will even go on purpose
to see the snow of Fuji

© Chigetsu-Ni

fuji no kaze ya ogi ni nosete edo miyage

wind from Mount Fuji -
carrying it in my fan,
a souvenir for those in Edo

© Basho

Credits: Mount Fuji Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

kirishigure fuji o minu hi zo omoshiroki

misty rain
a day with Mount Fuji unseen:
so enchanting

© Basho

hito one wa shigururu kumo ka fuji no yuki

is one ridge
clouded with winter showers?
Fuji in snow

© Basho

me ni kakaru toki ya kotosara satsuki fuji

especially when
it comes into view -
Fuji in Fifth Month

© Basho

Credits: Through Cherry Blossoms

And to close this classical series of haiku on Mt. Fuji I have found a nice haiku written by Yozakura, the unknown haiku-poet:

fujisan no yuki no hi no owari ni ha sakura

through cherry blossoms
at the end of the day -
snow on Mount Fuji

© Yozakura

Aren't it all wonderful tributes to Mount Fuji, the sacred Japanese mountain? Must be a joy to live in the neighborhood of such a well known mountain ...
I have tried to write a haiku about Mount Fuji myself, but ... I had not enough inspiration I think and as I re-read all those wonderful haiku in this post ... I wouldn't dare to write a haiku about Mount Fuji myself ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 15th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, Juggler, later on. For now ... just have fun!


  1. Maybe it's arrogant of us to try to write haiku about Mt. Fuji too? ;)

  2. Lovely collection of quotes and pictures.
    Can I link my haiku tonight from my twitter page?
    hanna deane #hannadeane or should that be @hannadeane
    I'm new to this.

  3. So many voices here, Chevrefeuille -- so many voices!
    "unseen" Mount Fuji really caught my eye and imagination -
    Quite a challenge, this one!

  4. Sometimes it might be a challenge to write on a popular subject -
    but our personal view can always make it 'different'. :)

    Thank you for the lovely haiku and illustrations.

  5. I particularly like the haiku with the fan, mainly because it took me several reads before I realised that the "souvenir" might be the fan rather than the wind from Mount Fuji. I did so like the idea of carrying breezes back as souvenirs...