Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's with great joy that I am preparing this new episode of Carpe Diem. Today we have our 900th regular episode of Carpe Diem and that makes me proud and humble, because I can make Carpe Diem only with your participation and input. So thank you all for being part of Carpe Diem and making it a big success.
As I started with CDHK in October 2012 I hadn't thought to be here more than three years later ... I dreamed of it, but I hadn't expected to be still alive and kicking in 2016.
Today we are going on with our classic meets modern month and today our prompt is a classical kigo for winter, daikan (great cold). Let me take you back to one of our earlier posts this month "Shoukan" (less cold):
In nature (especially on the Northern Hemisphere) January is the coldest month of winter and in Japan they have nuanced it. In Japan you have Daikan (great cold) and Shoukan (less cold).
of this Sacred Kannon
in the great cold
the moon lifts the tide
enlightened by the full moon
the coldest day gone
Not as strong as I had hoped but I think it's a nice example of "daikan".
the nostalgic taste of
* Japanese for: to be tired of the frost