Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we will explore classical and modern kigo (seasonwords), but first this:
As you all know I hope to start a new Renga Party soon, you can sign in to participate until January 12th 10.00 pm (CET). Later this week I hope to start with this 2nd Carpe Diem Renga Party.
Than as you have seen in one of the earlier posts the voting for the kukai "Winter" has started. I have already had several emails with points ... so don't forget to vote.
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Okay ... back to our episode of today. Today I have another nice classical kigo for you, Harusamu (cold spring). And this is what I found about this classical kigo for (late) winter.
Harusamu (cold spring) points towards the month February (in Japanese called: Nigatsu). Nigatsu means “footsteps of Spring”. It’s a very nice classical kigo. In classical Japan it is believed that spring starts on about February 4th, which is said to be the first day of spring. Even if the Japanese hear only the sound of the word haru (spring), they become happy and have great expectations for the coming days, though the temperature of this month is still low and it remains the coldness of winter.
|Credits: Haiku by Origa (Olga Hooper) and haiga by Nakamura Sakuo|
snow at the gate
And I found a nice haiku written by Gabi Greve in which we can see this kigo also in a very nice context ... with the plum blossom. As you all maybe know the Plum blooms in late winter so this haiku fits the theme of this episode in an excellent way.
just one blossom -
spring is still cold
© Gabi Greve
|Tulip(s) in the snow|
Harusamu (cold spring) ... it's that thin line between winter and spring, because in late winter it can be very cold, but it can also be very cold in early spring as is this kigo saying. I have looked into my archives to find haiku which are fitting this kigo, harusamu (cold spring) and I found a few nice haiku published once on my own personal weblog and here on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. So it is possible that you have read these haiku earlier.
covers fragile blossoms
tears in my eyes
young cherry blossoms frozen
in a cold spring night
coloring a white blanket -