Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we have another nice classical kigo for the fifth season, New Year. As I told you in one of my earlier posts ... New Year season is the season of "first things" traditionally and today our prompt is also something "first".
Today we are visiting the First Market (Hatsuchi) ... and I think that needs no further explanation, because in classical Japan there were several Markets (e.g. Year Market, Summer Market, Last Year Market) and at the start of a New Year they all looked forward to the "first market". I love to tell you a little bit more about one of the biggest Daruma Markets of Japan, Takasaki Shorin-zan Daruma Market.
|Shorin-Zan Temple at Takasaki|
on the Daruma doll bought at the First Market -
wishes for good luck
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until January 12th at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, Sacred Arrow (Hamayumi), later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku (or tanka) with us all here at our Haiku Kai.