Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another nice classical kigo for summer is on the agenda today. Today it's, niji (rainbow), and as I started preparing this episode of our beloved haiku family I realized that we have had rainbow several times earlier here ... I wasn't aware of that as I prepared the prompt-list, because I only had looked for the classical kigo in the past years of CDHK. So this episode will be a short one.
I love to start with a haiku by Kobayashi Issa, one of the four greatest haiku poets ever, about niji or rainbow:
hiru neru ni yoshi to iu hi ya niji hajime
a noon nap
on a good day...
And I found another wonderful haiku by Issa (by the way both haiku, the above and the next, are translated by David G. Lanoue)
kakitsubata yori ano niji wa okoriken
where that rainbow
© Kobayashi Issa