Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are almost at the end of our 'early winter' part of this month. We had wonderful classical kigo and I have read wonderfully composed haiku. I am glad to see new names and it makes me proud that this daily haiku meme still can be on.
Today Winter Rain (fuyu no ame) is our prompt. The word 'rain' (ame) just like that is not a kigo in Japan. Expressions like "long rain, strong rain, gentle rain, soft rain, steady rain" without the mentioning of a specific season are also not kigo but topics.
But since the rain in a constant partner throughout the year, there are many kigo connected with it. We have the rainy season and the typhoons with a lot of damage, we have flooding and rain rituals. For the farmers of the Edo period, proper rainfall was a matter of life and death, because it affected the rice harvest.
Rain was called the "Water of Heaven", tensui.
Strong emotions are attached to some kinds of rain:
|Credits: Winter rain|
Winter Rain is very similar with our earlier prompt Winter shower (shigure), but winter rain can also be Ice Rain (hi-same). So let's look at a few haiku written by our classical master of this month Buson (1716-1783).
lotuses have withered
the pond now wretched -
a winter rain
the ferry departs
as the tardy man stands
in the first winter rain
his straw raincoat and bamboo hat
convey an awareness of the master -
beautiful and dangerous -
as I open the curtains
snow is falling softly