10/09/2007

Chill

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Chill , chilly, chilled

***** Location: Worldwide
***** Season: Various, see below.
***** Category: Season


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Explanation

There are various ways to express CHILL in Japanese, hie 冷 for autumn is the most common of them.
For some expressions, a month or season must be named especially to make them kigo.

Let us look at some.

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SPRING

chill on the cherry blossoms, hanabie
花冷 (はなびえ)
..... hana no hie 花の冷え(はなのひえ)


April chill

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SUMMER

chill during the rainy season, tsuyubie
梅雨冷え (つゆびえ)

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AUTUMN

early or mid autumn

autumn chill, shuurei 秋冷)しゅうれい)
chilly, cool, hiyayaka 冷やか (ひややか)
to be chilly, hiyuru 冷ゆる (ひゆる)


late autumn

getting chilly and cold, sozoro samu
そぞろ寒 (そぞろさむ)
a bit chilly, a bit cold, yaya samu やや寒 (ややさむ)
somehow, somewhat chilly and cold, uso samu うそ寒 (うそさむ)

dew chill, cold dew, tsuyuzamu 露寒(つゆざむ)

evening chill, cold in the evening, yoi samu 宵寒 (よいさむ)

night chill, cold night, cold at night, yosamu 夜寒 (よさむ)


on her free day
she wakes up alone
in a cold night . . .

Chyo-Ni about her prostitute friend


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WINTER

chill after a hot bath, yuzame 湯ざめ ( ゆざめ)
A traditional Japanese bathroom was not heated, so when you leave the hot water you have to dry and dress in the cold.

chill of winter


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HAIKU


Fingers weaving winds
Into shawls of autumn chill:
Pine trees beckoning.


Michael R. Collings, USA

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kega no ashi kabaite yuzame hayakarishi

injured foot
coming sooner
chill after bath


(Teiko)

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身にしむやなき妻のくし閨に踏
身にしむや亡妻の櫛を閨に踏

mi ni shimu ya naki tsuma ni kushi o neya ni fumu

The piercing chill I feel:
My dead wife's comb, in our bedroom,
Under my heel.

Haiku Translation - Piercing Chill, 2005


quote
piercingly cold
stepping on my dead wife's comb
in the bedroom


The opening phrase, mini ni shimu (literally, to penetrate the body), is an autumn phrase that suggests the chill and sense of loneliness that sinks into the body with the arrival of the autumn cold and that here also functions as a metaphor of the poet's feelings following the death of his wife. The poem generates a novelistic scene of the widower, some time after his wife's funeral, accidentally stepping on a comb in the autumn dark, as he is about to go to bed alone. The standard interpretation is that the snapping of the comb in the bedroom brings back memories of their relationship and has erotic overtones.
But this is not about direct or personal experience. The fact is that Buson (1706-83) composed this while his wife was alive. Indeed Buson's wife Tomo outlived him by 31 years.
source : Haruo Shirane


I am pierced by the cold:
My late wife's comb
Lies underfoot, on the bedroom floor.

Tr. Thomas McAuley


The piercing chill I feel:
my dead wife's comb,
in our bedroom, under my heel...

Tr. Henderson


It goes into me --
the comb of my long gone wife,
to step on it in the bedroom.

Tr. Sawa and Shiffert



. Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 in Edo .
Taniguchi Buson (1716-1783)



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CHILL WIND, chilly wind
blows in many seasons, a haiku topic

leaving home--
a chill wind ruffles
the cherry blossoms


 © Sue Mill

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Chill wind
blowing through the ruins of
New York skyscrapers


 © HIROSHIMA HAIKU

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The chilly wind blows
The season begins to change
Winter's at the door


 © the masked crusader

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chill wind
the young poet dies
a second time

chill wind whistles
around doors and windows
October song


 © soji, shiki archives 2000

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In a chilly wind,
A long-distance race --
Runners' white breath.

 © Tomoaki Ito, Japan

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Chechnya, February 2000

chilly morning
they bury in the mud
his bruised flesh


 © Serge Tome

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chilly morning -
-------an eagle's talon
---------------nailed to the door


 © Gabriel Rosenstock, 2003, Simply Haiku

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Related words

***** Cherry Blossoms (sakura, Japan) ... and many related kigo

***** ... Rainy Season (tsuyu) Japan

***** Autumn (aki) Japan, worldwide

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3 comments:

Ruth said...

chilled and shivering
wrapped in loneliness she waits
snow drifts at her feet

Gabi Greve - Issa said...

Kobayashi ISSA

兄分の門とむきあふ夜寒哉
anibun no kado to mukiau yozamu kana

cold night --
he stands facing
the older man's door

Tr. Chris Drake

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about the aniki relationship

Gabi Greve - Issa said...

歯噛みする人に目覚て夜寒哉

hagami suru hito ni mezamete yozamu kana

the grinding of his teeth
wake me up
in this cold night . . .

Kobayashi Issa