Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of our Haiku Kai. This month we are exploring classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords) for summer. Yesterday we started with "outdoor fun", that prompt was taken from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku" and today our prompt is a classical one, change of clothes.
In ancient Japan it was very common to change clothes with every season, but especially at the start of summer they changed from the more warm clothing to the cool clothing of cotton and linen. I think even here in the Western world we know this change of clothing, because at the end of autumn for example my wife and I are changing clothes too, than the summer clothing goes into the closet and the winter clothing into the wardrobe. So it is maybe not that classical to use this kigo for summer.
|change of clothes|
cleaning out the closet
finally Summer is here
no more wadded stuff