6/01/2009

Fountain (funsui)

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Fountain (funsui)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: All summer in Japan
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

funsui 噴水 (ふんすい) fountain, Springbrunnen
fukiage 吹上げ(ふきあげ) "sprouting water, spraying water"
fukimizu ふきみず
funsen 噴泉(ふんせん)

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mizu karakuri 水機関 (みずからくり) "mechanic water devices"
..... 水からくり / 水絡繰り
Using the water pressure from a higher to a lover device, waterwheels were moved, or little dolls activated to drum or move otherwise in small modles to be used at home or in a restaurant to entertain visitors and make them feel cool in summer during the Edo period.


さびしさや水機関の水の音
sabishisa ya mizukarakuri no mizu no oto

how lonely . . .
the sound of water
from the mechanic device


Oba Hakusuiro (Ooba Hakusuiroo) 大場白水郎
(1890 - 1962)


. karakuri ningyo からくり人形 mechanic dolls  


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One of the great human devices to bring some cool to a garden or a park. Its sparkling pillars give us a feeeling of cool. The fountains of Versailles and other European parks come to mind.
A great place to meet a friend and spend a cool evening.

Best used for fountains where the water is really pumped high up into the air.


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Worldwide use

Belgium

In Brussels, the fountains are definitely kigo. They work all summer, mostly just during the daytime, and are generally enjoyed, with park benches around, where people relax and unwind. Some are so big that dogs go there to swim, children play, and one year, we even had a duck hatching out her young and taking them for swims (until one day they were eaten by a dog...).

Stopping the fountain, or leaves in the fountain,
could be a kigo for autumn.
Empty fountain could be a kigo for winter.
Cleaning the fountain could be a kigo for spring.

Isabelle Prondzynski, June 2009
Kigo Hotline


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Canada

Wading Pool, Spray Park

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Kenya

In Nairobi, fountains are many, and they work well.
There is no particular seasonal element to them though.
topic for haiku

Isabelle Prondzynski


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Things found on the way



Moon Watching Fountain
Ginkaku-Ji, Kyoto, Silver Pavillion


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HAIKU


Reference : Haiku Fountain

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陽をうけて噴水の飛沫虹になる  
hi o ukete funsui no shibuki niji ni naru

in the sunshine
the spray of the fountain
becomes a rainbow

Suiren 水蓮
source : www.hb-arts.co.jp


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what is it that makes
the night time fountain so still?
city noise goes on

empty fountain
refilling with slush --
first birdsong

sitting in silence
by the trickling fountain --
the latest ringtone

summer's end --
a build-up of beer bottles
in the fountain

early spring --
new rubbish gathers
in the fountain


Isabelle Prondzynski, Brussels, Belgium
Kigo Hotline


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by Narayanan Raghunathan, India

twilight sun glows
on the cool fountain ~
a fragrant breeze


Trevi Fountain ~
dimes and pennies shine
in the ancient waters


sculptures washed
in sunlight-waters' sound ~
Trevi Fountain


old woman throwing
a coin into the Trevi Fountain ~
laughing husband


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevi_Fountain
http://www.italyguides.it/us/roma/trevi.htm
http://trevifountain.net/index.html




spectral fountains
beneath a starry sky ~
Brindavan gardens


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brindavan_Gardens
http://horticulture.kar.nic.in/brindavan.htm
http://www.mysore.nic.in/tourism_brindavan_garden.htm


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噴水のリズム覚えて待ち惚け
funsui no rizumu oboete machibooke

remembering
a fountain’s rhythm
I wait in vain

Tr. Fay Aoyagi

Yamada Kano 山田佳乃, 2012


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Related words

***** Well, cleaning the well (ido zarai) Japan. Brunnen

 

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3 comments:

sakuo said...

いかにも夏らしい噴水の話題、有難うございました。
今年は一つ作ってみます。

sakuo

Gabi Greve said...

ありがとう!
ぜひ上野の公園で作ってください。
ガビ

anonymous said...

That's just wonderful! I love fountains and this really catches the feel for me. Sunshine, spray, and rainbows. Lovely.
Judy