Dawn moon (ariakezuki)


Dawn moon in autumn (ariakezuki)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Mid-Autumn
***** Category: Heaven


The autumn moon is very special to the Japanese feeling of the season.

According to the Asian Lunar Calender, after the 16th day of a month, the moon was still in the sky until the dawn of the day.

Kigo with ariake belong the the wide spectrum of season words with the
autumn moon, meigetsu 名月.

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The word ARIAKE is also short for ariake andon

a special lantern which is kept alight all night until dawn.
Daybreak lantern. Day Break Lantern. Bedside lamp.

Click HERE to see more of these lanterns .


moon at dawn in autumn, ariakezuki

dawn in autumn, ariake 有明
..... implying the moon

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moon in the morning, asazuki 朝月(あさづき)
night with a moon in the morning, asazuki yo
朝月夜(あさづきよ), ake no tsuki 明の月(あけのつき)
moon left over, nokoru tsuki 残る月(のこるつき)

sky an dawn in autumn, ariake no sora 有明 の空

. MOON in autumn ... KIGO


The word "Ariake" means the moon that remains in the sky as morning dawns.
Ariake lights, like their name, were left on throughout the night and had a beautiful glow.

Each light had a cover, which was a box with a full moon-shaped window on the front and half moon-shaped windows on the sides. When used at night, this cover was placed over the lights, illuminating the moons and weakening the light. If our modern eyes, which are continually surrounded by bright lights, were to look at an Ariake light with its cover on, we would see only a faint glow and may not appreciate it.

ARIAKEANDON, lights representing the Edo period.


The portable paper framed lanterns are called andon.
They are noted for the elegance and simplicity of the angular design. The wood
framed light chamber conceals an oil dish. The paper diffuses the light -33 created within to soften the harshness of the bare flame.
It is believed that the advent of the shoji (papered sliding doors) in Japanese interiors was an epochal event in the development of Japanese lighting.

Shoji provided the concept of diffusing a light source. In the daytime, these doors provided a shield against the harsh rays of sunshine, but still permitted adequate light into the interior. The same principle is applied with andon. They shield the bright flame providing the ethereal lighting effect desired in Japanese interiors.
source : www.lasieexotique.com

Worldwide use

Things found on the way

Choochin, Andon, lanterns and Daruma 提灯とだるま

. 織部行灯皿 andon dishes from Oribe .

The Japanese Art of Illumination External LINK


Kambara Ariake (蒲原有明, Kambara Ariake)
(15 March 1876 – 3 February 1952) was the pen-name of a Japanese poet and novelist active in Taisho and Showa period Japan.
Kanbara Ariake

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The Ariake Sea in Kyushu 有明海
Ariake Kai, some photos


Poems of Love and Longing by the Women Courtiers of Ancient Japan

Ariake offers up the passionate words of the elegant and cultured female courtesans of ancient Japan. It was customary in the late 1st and early 2nd century Japanese courts for women to express their hearts' greatest desires and sorrows through poetry.

Translated and compiled in Ariake, these lyrical and poignant verses of seduction, love, and lament are both simple and extraordinary. Illustrated throughout with gorgeous collages that evoke the color, fabric, and textures of the East, Ariake brings to life the subtle eloquence of ancient Japan and the universal passions and torments of love. Ariake is an exquisite and timeless volume of the heart's longing.
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" 'Ariake', or 'the waning moon at dawn',
was an image associated foremost with love in the ancient courts of Japan. Two lovers, absorbed in their passion, knew that when the dawn moon floated toward the western hills, they would soon have to part. The man might fumble in the dim light, looking for his fan; the lady might straigten his robes and smooth his hair. In the sky, the pale moon hovered before disappearing over the horizon."
Quote from here.


© kyo-machiya garelly Tou.
Noki Andon, lantern hanging in the eaves

ariake ya misoka ni chikaki noki andon

moon in the autumn dawn--
nearing month's end
lantern in the eaves

ariake ya uguisu ga naku rin ga naru

a nightingale sings
a bell rings

rin is a Buddhist prayer bell.

ariake ya ume ni mo hitotsu hachi tataki

at dawn by the plum tree
there's one too...
beating his bowl

Beginning with the 13th day of Eleventh Month and continuing for 48 days thereafter, certain Buddhist priests went on pilgrimage each night, reciting the nembutsu and singing religious songs. Since they had to beg for food along the way, they announced their presence and need by banging on their bowls.

The nembutsu prayer is "Namu Amida Butsu"--"All praise to Amida Buddha!"
hachi tataki, LINK see below

ariake ya yuki de tsukuru mo nyorai-sama

with snow I make
Lord Buddha

This haiku refers to the making of a snow Buddha.

Tr. David Lanoue.
Read more of Issa's dawn haiku here !

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ariake ya misoka ni chikaki noki andon

autumn moon at dawn <>
now we head toward the end of the month
with lanterns in the eaves

English version: Gabi Greve


. . . . . . . . . . . Dawn, in other English haiku

nao mitashi hana ni ake yuku kami no kao

all the more i wish to see
in those blossoms at dawn
the face of the god

Matsuo Basho
Tr. Makoto Ueda


Kamakura wa nami no oto yori ake yasushi

in Kamakura
dawn breaks from the sound of waves,
getting earlier and earlier

Tsubaki Hoshino


another step
closer, to the end . . .
year's first dawn

Richard Kay, Australia


andon o motte katazuku suzumi kana

cooling off --
putting things back
in lanternlight

Tr. Chris Drake

This hokku was written on 6/2 (July 20) in 1803, when Issa was in the area just to the east of Edo. In his diary Issa notes that it's the first day of doyou (土用), the 19-day period between lunar summer and autumn, when the earth element grows strong and facilitates the smooth transition between summer and fall. There are similar earth-governed periods between all the seasons, but the summer earth period is the most commonly mentioned, because the weather is usually very hot and often humid. In English the days of doyou are commonly called the dog days of summer.

When the summer earth period came, people did "earth days drying" (doyou-boshi): they gradually took all their clothes and books and hung or placed them outside in order to air them out and get rid of insects. Issa doesn't say what kind of housework he's doing, but probably he's put out some clothes and books in the morning, when it was still cool, and the day was so hot he decided to wait inside until after dark to go out and bring them back inside again. Suzumi means going to a cool place to cool off, and usually it implies free time or relaxation, but in Issa's humorous hokku it's his housework that cools him off. It's still hot indoors, where he's probably been working on something (writing comments on his students' hokku?), but now, as he holds a torch in one hand and cleans up outside, he can finally cool off.

Chris Drake

. WKD : Dog Days (doyoo 土用) .

Related words

***** Amida Prayer (Namu Amida Butsu)

***** Bells and Haiku

***** Hachi Tataki, Memorial Service for Kuuya Shoonin

***** The Asian Lunar Calendar. A Reference !

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***** mist in the morning, ariake gasumi

kigo for all spring

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

Kobayashi Issa

mata tomare ando ni tomare aoi mushi

stop again
green insect, stay
on my lantern

This hokku is from the eighth lunar month (September) in 1813, the year Issa left Edo and went back to his hometown to live. In September Issa was recovering from a large boil on his hip at the house of one of his students who lived near Zenkoji Temple, not far from Issa's hometown. An ando (or andon) is an oil lamp with a square or round base for the oil bowl and wick and a frame covered with thick, translucent paper surrounding the flame to protect it from wind. The frame usually had a handle at the top so it could be carried and used like a lantern. It could also be placed outside of a house. Perhaps Issa is lying on a mat on the porch, enjoying the cool air and listening to insects. Attracted by the lantern, a green insect stopped briefly near Issa, but it jumped or flew away all too soon, so Issa gives it a warm invitation to stay (泊れ) awhile.

Chris Drake