Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First I have to apologize, because I haven't the prompt-list ready for February 2017, but I hope to bring the "list" later this week. As you all know we are starting with the discovery of the land of the rising sun, Japan, mother of haiku.
Haiku ... the tiniest poem around the world, a poem we all love dearly and maybe are addicted to. Japan ... the "motherland" of haiku is our adventure place this month. On the above logo you see the holy mountain of Japan in Spring, Fuji no Yama with its snow decked top behind that other wonderful piece of Japan ... the Sakura, the cherry blossom.
I hope to be your guide on a beautiful trip through this country ... a country I hope to visit for real once in my life, but until than I will visit this country together with you, my dear haijin, in the virtual world.
|Mount Fuji no Yama|
Fuji no yama nomi ga chausu no ooi kana cha-usu
like the tea-grinding mill
carried by the lice . . .
© Basho (age 33)
To compare Mount Fuji to a cha-usu, a mill for grinding tea leaves, has been done since olden times.
This is complete fiction to show the greatness of Mount Fuji.
There was a popular song in Edo to which Basho is referring
The lice are carrying a tea-grinding mill
carrying it on their back
just trying to climb over Mount Fuji.
It was also a popular game to cover a tea-grinding mill with strong washi paper to make it look like Mount Fuji.
|Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)|
|Ancient mountain and the modern time ... there is no time ...|
PPS. I am hopelessly behind with commenting I hope to catch up a.s.a.p.