Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
January is running towards its end. We have only two episodes to go and than ... classic meets modern will be over. I hope you all did like this month ...
Today our prompt is Ume-no-hana (ume flower) and it's a classical kigo for the end of winter, or the last part of winter. Ume-no-hana (ume flower) is mostly translated as "plum" but it's more an "apricot".
I have a little background about the "ume-flower" for you:
They are a symbol of refinement, purity and nobility and also a reminder of past love. Japanese tradition holds that the ume functions as a protective charm against evil, so the ume is traditionally planted in the northeast of the garden, the direction from which evil is believed to come.
Send me your perfume,
Though your lord be absent,
Forget not the spring.
Here are a few haiku about/on Ume (plum) blossoms:
brings us just one more
step to the warmth
|Credits: shira ume ni akuru yo bakari to nari ni keri
through the white plum blossoms
a glimpse of dawn.
on the misty mountain path
a big rising sun
while the last snow is melting -
creeps into my old skeleton -
white plum blossoms
finally winter has gone
early plum blossoms
the fragile plum blossoms
longing for Spring
mingles with the scent of the hearth