Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Spring is almost gone for one quarter and here in The Netherlands the spring weather is great. Today we have almost 20 degrees Celsius, feels like summer. The most of the early blossomming trees are blossom-less, but the tulips are starting to bloom and the late cherry trees are in their most beautiful out-fits. So ... spring is really on.
Today we have another new modern spring kigo based on Jane Reichhold's 'A Dictionary of Haiku', fishing, fishing is not my cup of tea, but my youngest son is addicted to fishing so he goes almost every day out fishing and sometimes he takes our grandchildren with him. Mostly he goes fishing in the city-park just around the corner and he can sit the whole day there watching, contemplating and do some talking with his friends (also addicted to fishing).
|Credits: Ancient Japanese Fishing boat|
Jane gives the following haiku examples for 'fishing':
the river full of fish
sinking into darkness
a hole in the sea
filled with fish
how exciting! but after a time
I felt saddened
|Cormorant fishing boat|
Cormorants used for fishing are wild Temminck's cormorants. They are naturaly very agile, smart and adaptable to new circumstances. Usho ( cormorant fishing masters ) live with them and train them for two or three years to be full-fledged stars of cormorant fishing.
|Temminck's Cormorants (used for Cormorant fishing)|
Isn't it an unique way of fishing? In some regions of Japan this kind of fishing is still in use. The Cormorants have a small ring around their neck so they cannot swallow the fish. It's a not so nice way of fishing I think.
the fishing-boats are overgrown -
playground for children