Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As we are closing in to the end of January our New Year kigo will be more looking like Spring kigo as we have today Picking Young Greens (wakanatsumi) for prompt than we see that spring is coming closer. In this kigo with the "young greens" are meant the seven sacred herbs as we have seen in earlier posts here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
Today it's all about Jinjitsu (January 7th) on this date there is the Festival of Seven Herbs or Nanakusa no sekku on which the Japanese cook a special seven-herb rice porridge.
The seventh of the first month has been an important Japanese festival since ancient times. The custom of eating nanakusa-gayu on this day, to bring longevity and health, developed in Japan from a similar ancient Chinese custom, intended to ward off evil. Since there is little green at that time of the year, the young green herbs bring color to the table and eating them suits the spirit of the New Year.
nihon no tori to,
wataranu saki ni,
te ni tsumi-ire te,
kōshitochō to naru
China-land's birds and
earlier than bring on their coming,
seven species wild herb,
I pluck them to the hand and
it becomes Neck, Turtle Beak, Dipper and Extended Net.
an old Indian picking
© Narayanan Raghunathan
I found a nice Waka written by Emperor Koko Tennoo
That I walk the fields in spring,
While my garment's hanging sleeves
Are speckled with falling snow.
© Emperor Koko Tennoo
|Credits: Chickweed, one of the Seven Sacred Herbs|
just beyond the fist
of the herb picker
kake-nabe mo asahi sasunari kore mo haru
even on my chipped pot --
this, too, New Year's
waga haru ya tadon hitotsu ni kona ichiha
one ball of charcoal
a bunch of stunted greens