Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Carpe Diem #1186 Hazy Moon (Oborozuki)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have another nice classical kigo for you, but as I was preparing this episode I remembered that we have had that kigo earlier here too (as we had yesterday). So I first thought to change the kigo for today, but after re-thinking it I thought that it would be great to bring this classical spring kigo again here. So ... I have decided to reproduce that older episode on "hazy moon" here again with some changes of course.

April 11th it will be full moon, and the name of that full moon is Pink Moon or Egg Moon and it refers to the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Hazy Moon (Oborozuki) with Cherry Blossoms

However it's not about the full moon of April today. Today it's about the hazy moon. What does it mean ... hazy moon? Well let me give it a try with the following:

When the light from the Sun or the Moon shines through the atmosphere, it illuminates particles suspended in the air and produces a number of different phenomena depending on the kind of particles that are more abundant at that moment. Some of the more common are the haze and halos around the Moon and Sun, which are produced by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, often associated with cirrus clouds. It is not well understood how these crystals form, but the fact that the halo forms at 22.5 degrees from the Moon or the Sun means that it is caused by them.

Perhaps the most common cause of haze is produced by water droplets in humid weather. Other kinds of particles like dust, soot or volcanic ash can produce different phenomena when the light from the Sun or the Moon shines through them. (Source)

Today "hazy moon" is our classical kigo, so here is my attempt to create a classical haiku:.

from behind a veil
she enlightens fragile blossoms
a beautiful sight

© Chèvrefeuille

This wasn't an easy one. It's really a challenge to me to create classical haiku, but .... this one looks not bad, not bad at all.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 10th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our "weekend-meditation", an episode of Universal Jane, later on. For now .... have fun!

1 comment:

  1. The moon is not quite up there yet.