Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
An all new episode of Carpe Diem to prepare ... a joy to do and no struggle. I love what I am doing and I am so happy that you all like this daily haiku meme. By the way I will use our temporarily linking widget from now on every day. Only for the daily haiku challenges, for the other features such as "Oasis", "Tan Renga" and Imagination I will stay to the old widget provided by Simply-Linked. I am really pleased with our new linking widget, because now I acn publish the new episodes earlier which granted you all some more time to write your own haiku.
Today we share haiku on our next mid-summer kigo, Taue (Rice Planting), I remember that I had a same looking prompt in one of our other Carpe Diem months, but ... well ... to me not a problem and I hope it's not a problem for you too.
|Tanada Wadakita (c) Gabi Greve|
Rice is the most important food item in Japan. In olden times, it was eaten three times a day.The Emperor, embodying the god of the ripened rice plant, plants the first rice of the spring and harvests rice from the plants of the autumn. In one of the most solemn Shinto ceremonies of the year the Emperor, acting as the country's chief Shinto priest, ritually sows rice in the royal rice paddy on the grounds of the Imperial Palace.
|Grand Shrine of Ise|
I have found a wonderful video of a rice planting festival (or ritual) which I love to share this video hereafter. This festival takes place on the first sunday of June, according to the classical calendar that was mid-summer.:
Isn't it wonderful? Well ... I think I have told enough about rice planting and everything which belongs to that important food of Japan.
I have also looked at a few 'rice-planting' haiku and I found the next one.
saiden no minorishi ine ni kama iruru
in the fields
with ripe rice plants for the Gods
the sickle is used . . .
(c) Takezaki Shisen
Or this one by Issa in which he describes a foreigner, most likely that was a Dutchman, because the Japanese and Dutch people are more then 400 yrs friends.
the rice planting too...
flutes and drums
|Credits: Rice planting|
resonates a sweet song -
rice planting girls
source of food for thousands
while singing a song