Saturday, January 17, 2015

Carpe Diem #649, Burning Ornaments (Sagichoo)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Let us go on with our discovery of the classical kigo for New Year (the fifth season). Today we have a prompt in which we can see that New Year's season runs to it's end, because today we have Burning Ornaments (Sagichoo) for prompt.

Sagichoo is a Fire festival and it's a kind of closure for the New Year's season, by burning ornaments the deities are bound to a new year. This Sagichoo takes place during Little New Year (around January 15th).

I found just one haiku themed with this Sagichoo it's by Issa:

foot of the mountain--
without a cheer
my New Year's bonfire

© Kobayashi Issa

Sagichoo (Burning Ornaments)
It feels very similar to what we, the Dutch, do with our Christmas trees. Around January 6th the (real) Christmas trees were gathered at an open space just outside the city and than it was set on fire. To us Dutch that was the closure of Christmas time and the start of our new year at school.

the scent of pine trees overwhelms the senses -
back to school again

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until January 20th at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, first rooster crowing (hatsutori). later on.

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