Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Well ... we have had a nice episode of CDHK HWT yesterday and it was a joy to create that episode, because I had to look back at other episodes of our CDHK HWT and other episodes (as for example our GW-posts) to find some background and examples.
Today we are exploring another Japanese Festival as part of our anniversary month. Today we have Setsubun Mantoro as prompt and I love to tell you something more about this festival.
|Credits: Setsubun Mantoro (Lantern Festival)|
A Setsubun related event in Nara involves the lighting of Kasuga Taisha's 3000 stone and bronze lanterns. The shrine (traditionally rebuilt every 20 years (until the Edo-era) to symbolize continual renewal) dates back to the year 768 AD and is surrounded by a primeval forest. The lighting of the lanterns makes the place feel ancient and mysterious. They are only lit twice a year. (With Setsubun and Obon).
|Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Nara)|
after the long cold winter
welcoming the light
What a wonderful festival this is. As you have read above I was inspired and that haiku I wrote is awesome and fits the theme for today so well. I am looking forward to your responses. Have fun!
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 10th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, our second CD Special by our featured haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch, later on.