Monday, December 31, 2018

Carpe Diem #1573 Trujillo, the City of Everlasting Spring

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the last regular episode of December 2018. On the last day of 2018 we have arrived in Peru at the city of everlasting spring, Trujillo. Trujillo has a rich history and it's know for its wonderful colonial buildings.
This month we were on the road ... haiku-ing along the Pan American Highway. As I told you in one of the earlier posts, we will not complete this roadtrip straight through the Americas from North to South. We will go on with our roadtrip in our upcoming month January 2019. Every weekend-meditation we will go on the last stages of the Pan American Highway.

The City Of Everlasting Spring, Trujillo, Peru
everlasting spring
artificial flowers on the windowsill
my parental home

© Chèvrefeuille

Let me tell you a little bit more about Trujillo:

Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru and the capital of La Libertad Region. It is the third most populous city and center of the third most populous metropolitan area of Peru. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Moche Valley. This was a site of the great prehistoric Moche and Chimu cultures before the Inca conquest and subsequent expansion.

Trujillo is also known as the "City of Everlasting Spring", is considered the "Capital of the Marinera", a traditional dance in Peru, "Cradle of the Peruvian Paso horse", as well as the "Capital of Culture of Peru". It has sponsored numerous national and international cultural events, and has a lively arts community. Current festivals include the "National Marinera Festival", the Trujillo Spring Festival and the International Book Festival, which is one of the most important cultural events in the country.
(Source: wikipedia)

Marinera Dancers
Trujillo is renown for its so called "Marinera dancers". Marinera is a coastal dance of Peru. Marinera is a graceful and romantic couple's dance that uses handkerchiefs as props. The dance is an elegant and stylized reenactment of a courtship, and it shows a blend of the different cultures of Peru. The dance itself has gained a lot of recognition and is one of the most popular traditional dances of Peru. The city of Trujillo has been the national capital of this dance ever since the passage of law No. 24,447 on January 24, 1986. The Trujillo Marinera Festival has been held in Trujillo since the 1960s. In 2012, the Congress of the Peruvian Republic declared October 7 as Marinera Day in Trujillo City, which is celebrated with a parade and dance expressions.

The origin of the Marinera is generally traced back to the Zamacueca. However, there are several other theories about where it comes from. The dance is traditionally accompanied by several instruments: cajón, clarinets, guitars, drums, and bugles. (Source: Wikipedia)

I hope you enjoyed this music video and maybe it inspired you to create Japanese poetry.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until Januari 6th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, the first of 2019, later on. Next month we will explore the beauty of classical and modern kigo for winter.

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