!! I will publish this episode earlier than I normally do, because of the nightshift!!
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As you can see I have changed the background of our Haiku Kai. Here in The Netherlands temperatures feel like spring ... so I decided to replace the snow-field for snowdrops:
yearning for spring
snowdrops are blooming
Kagamimochi is a special traditional Japanese decoration for the New Year, usually displayed inside the house in the kamidana, for Toshigami, the god of the new year, to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year.
Kagamimochi is made from two rice cakes (mochi) of different sizes, the smaller placed over the larger one, and a daidai, a Japanese type of bitter orange placed on top. In some versions, the mochi are placed on a konbu sheet, a symbol of pleasure and joy.
The shimekazari New Year decoration can mean “generation to generation”, so the small orange symbolizes the continuity of the generations and long life, while the mochi symbolizes the past year and the year to come. So, kagamimochi symbolizes the continuity of the family over the years.
The name has also an interesting explanation: the shape of the two mochi is similar to the shape of the copper round mirrors (kagami in Japanese) used during the Muromachi period – you can see several photos at the Kyoto National Museum.
o-fukuro ga fukude wo chigiru shinan kana
of shaping rice cake offerings...
on Buddha's lap
for just a little while
Awesome set of haiku I think and this one by Kyoroku
Iseebi no kagamimochi ya gusokubitsu
and taking off the lobsters -
armour in the chest
Driving an ox with ferned rice cake.
The year of the Ox!
kagami-mochi kuraki tokoro ni warete zasu
rice cake ornament
sits in the darkness
© Sanki Saito
In my family we have a nice tradition, it's more than 100 years a family-tradition, which we honor still nowadays.
|Shuffleboard (in Dutch: sjoelen)
playing a game of shuffleboard -
Ah! those waffles
Another one, also based on that wonderful family-tradition:
my brother and I hiding in the kitchen -
whipped cream fingers