!! I publish this new episode earlier than I normally do, because I am in the nightshift !!
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As I was preparing the prompt-list for this month I ran into several classical kigo for (the fifth season) New Year with very rare/strange things. On of them was our prompt for today, Pheasant's Eye (Fukujusoo), I even thought for a while that it was a joke or something, but it really is a kigo for New Year and I will try to explain it to you.
It turned out to be a flower which was special for New Year. Pheasant's eye, fukujusō, New Year's Day Plant. It grows in many mountainous areas of Japan. It begins to show new leaves in February or March and flowers with small bright yellow blossoms of 10 to 20 petals with a strong glow. Since the flowering time fell in the New Year season according to the lunar calendar, it was used as a decoration for the New Year, and so it came known as Pheasant's Eye or New Year's Day plant. Even now some farmers grow it especially to flower for the First of January.
|Pheasant's Eye (Fukujusoo)|
ôyuki o kabutte tatsu ya fukuju kusa
covered by the big snow
New Year's grasses
asahi sasu rooshi ga ie ya fukujusoo
Pheasant's eye in bloom
jimen kara sora ga hajimaru fujukusoo
from the earth
© Miyasaka Shizuo (1937 - )
hi no ataru mado no shooshi ya fukujusoo
the sun shines bright
|Credits: Pheasnat's Eye (Fukujusoo)|
as the first day of the year is celebrated -
And I have tried to write a classical haiku following the classical rules, but I can not get that third line with it's 5 syllables, so maybe you can help me with that ...
Pheasant's Eye reflects
looks at it's beauty in the mirror -
she arranges her corsage
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until January 24th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, Yuzuriha, later on.