Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's really a pleasure to create these posts for you all. I hope you do like them and that they can inspire you. Today I have a modern winter kigo for you extracted from Jane Reichhold's "Dictionary of Haiku", but ... don't get me wrong, I like this kigo for today, but I have some trouble with understanding why Jane has brought this modern kigo, joy of living, into winter and especially under the theme moods?
I would place this kigo under spring, because of the joy new life gives, but on the other hand ... maybe it fits winter more than I would think. Why? Well ... as I read the examples of haiku for this kigo than they are about the joy of watching a show or a ballet together with your lover. And winter is the time of the long evenings and that can also be a joy. Together in front of the fireplace with a nice glass of wine, candles, romantic music and the warmth of each other's body ... that's how I see the joy of living ... so maybe this is a kigo for winter ...?
Here are a few examples of the haiku which Jane wrote for this kigo:
the old woman too busy
during the ballet
his left hand
|in front of the fireplace - joy of living|
in front of the fireplace
I love it ...
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 7th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, the first Tokubetsudesu of 2016, later on. For now ... have fun!