Showing posts with label North America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North America. Show all posts

7/03/2009

Camping, Camp

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Camp (kyanpu)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Late summer
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

kyanpu キャンプ camp
kyanpu mura キャンプ村(きゃんぷむら)camp village, tent village
kyanpufaia キャンプファイヤー camp fire, campfire
kyanpingu キャンピング camping
kyanpingu toreera キャンピングトレーラー camping trailor
tento 天幕(テント) tent

camping is one of the joys during the summer holidays. You can go to the mountains or the beach, enjoy nature and prepare simple food.


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kigo for all summer

samaa hausu サマーハウス summer house
umi no ie 海の家(うみのいえ)house on the beach
(temporary restaurant)
biichi hausu ビーチハウス beach house

bangaroo バンガロー bungalow

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I remember well the "umi no ie" along the beach of Kamakura, where you could take a shower after a swim, enjoy some food in the evening and hang out with your friends. Usually during a strong typhoon much damage was done to the temporary wooden or bamboo buildings.

Gabi Greve


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BEACH ... Kigo for Summer  


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New England

Camping, Going to camp, Summer Camp
New England Saijiki, USA


North America

. Tipi, teepee, Lakota tent .



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キャンピング焼き過ぎ野菜を持て余し
kyanpingu yakisugi yasai o mote-amashi

camping !
we have too many overcooked

vegetables

anonymous
Tr. Gabi Greve
http://gendaihaiku.gr.jp/haikukai/result/88_touku.htm


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summer camp
chaos organized in a
child's backpack


Dr. Angelee Deodhar
Simply Haiku, December 2003
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bare feet
beachcomber
biking
boating
camping
fan, ceiling fan
forest fires
hiking
picnic
pool
sandals
straw hat
sun bathing
sunburn
surfers
sweat
summer illness
summer lovemaking
swimming
vacation
wicker chairs

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.SAIJIKI ... HUMANITY
Kigo for Summer
 

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5/23/2009

Virga precipitation

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Virga

***** Location: Southern United States
***** Season: Summer
***** Category: Heaven


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Explanation

In meteorology, virga is an observable streak or shaft of precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates before reaching the ground.
At high altitudes the precipitation falls mainly as ice crystals before melting and finally evaporating; this is usually due to compressional heating, because the air pressure increases closer to the ground. It is very common in the desert and in temperate climates.
It is also common in the Southern United States during summer.

CLICK for more photos Virga can cause very interesting weather effects, because as rain is changed from liquid to vapor form, it removes heat from the air due to the high heat of vaporization of water. In some instances, these pockets of colder air can descend rapidly, creating a dry microburst which can be extremely hazardous to aviation. Conversely, precipitation evaporating at high altitude can compressionally heat as it falls, and result in a gusty downburst which may substantially and rapidly warm the surface temperature. This fairly rare phenomenon, a heat burst, also tends to be of exceedingly dry air.
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Japan

hiryuu un 尾流雲 "clouds with a tail"
not listed as kigo

Cloud, clouds(kumo) Japan, worldwide. Various Kigo.


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early evening-
distant mountains disappear
in the virga


Mark Snyder
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***** Cloud, clouds(kumo) Japan, worldwide. Various Kigo.

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8/15/2008

Woodstock Festival

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Woodstock Festival

***** Location: North America
***** Season: Summer
***** Category: Observance


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Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.

During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 300,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

Woodstock was initiated through the efforts of Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld.
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Woodstock '99 Haiku
By Jill Krambeck and Julie Wiskirchen

woodstock warriors

left foot right foot left
through the july sun we march
to scream and launch trash



you can't always get what you want

funnel cake i want
air conditioned tent i want
clump of mud on chin i get



Human Hemp

stoned she's rooted there
human shrub on hot runway
sunned and soiled skin



Ode to Young Man on Trail

Korn-bound and shirtless
he commands, "flash your titties"
between slurps of Hamms


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from Woodstock
to stages along the road ---
Richie's gone


- Shared by Elaine Andre -


R.I.P. - Richie Havens



Folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday of a sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72.
source : edition.cnn.com - April 22, 2013


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5/26/2008

Trillium (Trilliaceae)

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Trillium (kinugasasoo)

***** Location: Japan, North America
***** Season: Various, see below
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Trillium is a family of various flowers.

Trillium, kinugasa soo 衣笠草 (きぬがさそう) キヌガサソウ
"flower hat plant", hanagasa soo 花笠草(はながさそう)
kigo for late summer in Japan

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Trillium grandiflorum
kigo for spring in North America

Trillium is a genus of about 40-50 species of perennial herbaceous flowering plants, native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. They used to be treated in the family Trilliaceae or Trillium family, a part of the Liliales or Lily order. The AGP II treats Trilliaceae as a synonym of the family Melanthiaceae. Common names include trillium, wakerobin, and birthroot. The above ground parts of Trilliums are scapes with three large, leafy bracts with the true leaves reduced to underground papery coverings around the rhizomes.

In the east of North America, the most common is Trillium grandiflorum (Large-flowered Trillium). This plant has a large, often white, three-petaled flower above three broad bracts that look like leaves. The name was given by Linnaeus. Trillium grandiflorum is often the first wildflower noticed by casual walkers; other spring wildflowers are much less apparent.

In western North America, a typical species is Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium) also with white flowers, that slowly turn into a shade of purple in the middle of spring.
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dripping pines
trilliums line a
forest path


beaver pond
trilliums glisten
with new rain


© bob
Happy Haiku Forum


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trillium -
a spot of white
beside the trail


© bethel
Kigo Hotline Forum



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6/12/2007

Forget-me-not

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Forget-me-not (wasurenagusa)

***** Location: Japan, other areas
***** Season: Late spring
***** Category: plant


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fortet-me-nots, wasurenagusa
勿忘草, わするな草(わするなぐさ)
.... miyontisu ミヨソティス
..... aimijin 藍微塵(あいみじん)

Myosotis family.

Many Japanese haiku make a reference to the German name and European origin of this plant. They were introduced to Japan in the Meiji period. Some are now wild in the forests of Japan. I tried to grow some in my garden here, but they did not survive the rainy season.

Gabi Greve

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The Forget-me-nots are the genus Myosotis of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae.

There are about 50 species in the genus, and among them there is considerable variation. Nevertheless a considerable number of the species fit the same description, of a small (1 cm diameter or less) rather flat 5-petalled blue flower growing profusely on straggly stems, flowering in spring. Colour variation is not unusual within species, and white or pink forms are quite likely to be seen. They are popular in gardens, and cultivated forms often show a mixture of colours. The forget me nots need shade, not sun.

Forget-me-nots can be annual or perennial plants. Their root systems are generally diffuse. Their seeds are found in small, tulip shaped pods along the stem to the flower. The pods attach to clothing when brushed against and eventually fall off, leaving the small seed within to germinate elsewhere. The seeds can be collected by putting a piece of paper under the stems and shaking them. The seed pods and some seeds will fall out.

They are widely distributed. Most Myosotis species are endemic to New Zealand, though one or two European species, especially the Wood Forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica have been introduced in most of the temperate regions of Europe, Asia and America. Myosotis scorpioides is also known as scorpion grass.

In the United States of America, the forget-me-not is the state flower of Alaska, precisely the Myosotis alpestris.

The NAME

The name was borrowed from Old French "ne m'oubliez pas" and first used in English in c.1532. Loans and translations of it can be found in most European and some non-European languages, like German "Vergissmeinnicht", Italian "Nontiscordardimé", Polish "Niezapominajki", Danish "Forglem-mig-ej", Dutch "vergeet-mij-nietje", Spanish "nomeolvides", Russian "Незабудки", Lithuanian "Neužmirštuolės", Greek "Μη με λησμονείς" (also connected to the victims of Cyprus in 1974, when the Turks invaded the island), Esperanto "neforgesumino", Chinese "勿忘我" (Don't forget me), Korean "물망초" (勿忘草, mul mang cho), Japanese "勿忘草" (Wasurenagusa), Hebrew "זכריני" (Zichrini), Persian "فراموشم مکن" (farâmusham nakon) Swedish "Förgätmigej", etc.

In the 15th century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers.

Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not". This is a flower connected with romance and tragic fate. It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.

It is also told in pious legend that the Christ Child was sitting on Mary's lap one day and said that he wished that future generations could see them. He touched her eyes and then waved his hand over the ground and blue forget-me-nots appeared, hence the name forget-me-not.

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Vergissmeinnicht

An meine Mutter

Siehe, von allen den Liedern
nicht eines gilt dir, o Mutter,
dich zu preisen, o glaub's !
bin ich zu arm und zu reich.

Ein noch ungesungenes Lied,
ruhst du mir am Busen,
keinem vernehmbar sonst,
mich nur zu trösten bestimmt,

wenn sich das Herz unmutig
der Welt abwendet
und einsam seines himmlischen Teils
ewigen Frieden bedenkt.

Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)


To my mother

See, of all the songs
not one is adequate, o Mother,
To praise you, I think!
I am too poor and too rich.

A still unsung melody,
holds me to thy bosom,
nothing else can provide,
such comfort to me,

when this heart in pain
turns away from the world
and alone its heavenly part
considers eternal peace.

Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)

Look at a beatiful illustration HERE !


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Romania


his last moments home -
the widow breaks a bowl
with forget-me-nots


Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu

This is about the funeral tradition to break a fragile glass or pottery object right before the coffin leaves home.


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memories linger
forget-me-nots for Robbie
thirty years passing


I live in Japan, but I am from Alaska. My brother died there in an accident about thirty years ago. His favorite flower was the forget-me-not which bloomed everywhere on Wrangell Island where we lived.
This poem is for him.

Kathy, Japan 2007

Thank you for sharing this with us, Kathy san!

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a tall glass of iced tea
forget-me-not seeds stuck
to my pants legs


© Heather, Summer 2003

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he died in battle
between pages of Manyoshu
dried forget-me-not

© Naomi Y. Brown

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park bench
a wilted bouquet
forget-me-nots


© Edward
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forget-me-nots
she's kept for years...
what's-his-name


hortensia anderson

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***** Missing Children's Day International


***** ALASKA Saijiki

***** EUROPA Saijiki

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5/30/2007

Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning

***** Location: USA, Europa
***** Season: Spring
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The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise. A person who gets their affairs in order before an audit or inspection could be said to be doing some spring cleaning.

The origins of spring cleaning probably dates back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of "khooneh takouni" which literally means "shaking the house" just before the new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture.

Another possible origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time holiday of Passover (Hebrew: פסח pesach). In remembrance of the Jews' hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the eight-day holiday there is a strict prohibition against eating anything which may have been leavened.

Jews not are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs (known in Hebrew as חמץ chametz), they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants of chametz for the length of the holiday (Exodus 12:15). Therefore, observant Jews conduct a thorough cleaning of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight (called bedikat chametz [Hebrew: בדיקת חמץ]) on the evening before the holiday begins.
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Germany

Osterputz, cleaning the home before the Easter Holidays.


Osterputz ...
und im Kaukasus blüht
der Tee


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Japan


cleaning at the end of the year
kure no sooji, kure no oo sooji くれのそおじ


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kigo for the New Year

hakizome 掃初 (はきぞめ) first cleaning
... hatsubooki 初箒(はつぼうき)first (use of the) broom
... hatsusooji 初掃除(はつそうじ)
... fukihajime 拭始(ふきはじめ)beginning to clean
. Cleaning the home, broom and more   



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after spring cleaning--
breathing space between
closet hangers


Carole Macrury, 2007

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spring cleaning -
dust swirls

in a sunbeam

Shanna Moore, Hawaii

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>spring cleaning --
>young woman laughs at her
>baby picture


>- Jim Mullins
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spring cleaning-
the scent of lavender
on those letters


© angelee / Ukku Spring Haiku 2006

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From WHCworkshop members 2007

spring cleaning
an old letter
makes her smile


Bill Kenney

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spring cleaning ...
in the closet a large hole
where his clothes were


Ella Wagemakers

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spring cleaning -
dog's fur
into dust bunnies


peter

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our last spring cleaning -
so many boxes filled
for charity donations

Elizabeth Fanto

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spring cleaning --
I throw away all tese books
I regret now


Tom Maretic

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spring cleaning . . .
rearranging boxes of books
till next spring

Dina E. Cox

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spring cleaning
making space
for his shoes


Paula Fisher

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spring cleaning
over ~ i sing raag Bhairav
in twilight breeze


Narayanan Raghunathan, India

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clearing the attic
do I know the people
in this faded photo . . .


Bill Kenney

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5/23/2007

Flycatcher birds

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Scissortail flycatcher

***** Location: North America
***** Season: Summer
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Tyrannus forficatus



State bird of Oklahoma.

A long-tailed insect-eating bird closely related to the kingbirds.

Adult birds have grey upper parts and light underparts with pinkish flanks. They have dark wings and an extremely long black tail. Immature birds are duller in colour and have a shorter tail.

Their breeding habitat is open shrubby country with scattered trees in the south central United States and northeastern Mexico. They build a cup nest in a tree or shrub on a branch, sometimes using artificial sites such as telephone poles. The male performs a spectacular aerial display during courtship with his long tail streaming out behind him. Both parents feed the young. Like other kingbirds, they are very aggressive in defending their nest.

They migrate to southern Mexico and Central America. They regularly stray to the ocean coasts of the US and are occasional visitors to southern Canada.

These birds feed mainly on insects which they catch by waiting on a perch and then flying out to catch them in flight. They also eat some berries.



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Scissor-tailed flycatcher
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India


fantail flycatcher

Fantails are small insectivorous birds of the Australasia, Southeast Asia and Indian Subcontinent belonging to the genus Rhipidura in the family Rhipiduridae. Most of the species are about 15 to 18 cm long, specialist aerial feeders, and named as "fantails", but the Australian Willie Wagtail, is a little larger, and though still an expert hunter of insects on the wing, concentrates equally on terrestrial prey.

The true wagtails are part of the genus Motacilla in the family Motacillidae and are not close relatives of the fantails.

Fantails are an Australasian family that has spread from as far as Samoa to northern India.
There are numerous species in Indonesia, the Philippines and in South East Asia, and the family ranges into southern China, India and the Himalayas.
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morning drizzle –
the arc of white spots
on the flycatcher’s fan tail


- Shared by Johannes Manjrekar -
Joys of Japan, July 2012


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Japan

kigo for early summer

flycatcher, blue-and-white flycatcher, ooruri おおるり
ruri 瑠璃(るり), rurichoo 瑠璃鳥(るりちょう)
small flycatcher, koriri 小瑠璃 (こるり)
RURI means lapis lazuli
Formosan Whistling-Thrush

Field flycatcher, nobitaki 野鶲 (のびたき)

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher, sankoochoo 三光鳥 (さんこうちょう)
lit. three times sparkling bird
Terpsiphone atrocaudata



"Lapislazuli flycatcher", ruri bitaki 瑠璃鶲 (るりびたき)


"shark flycatcher", same bitaki 鮫鶲 (さめびたき)
kosame bitaki 小鮫鶲(こさめびたき)




Narcissus flycatcher, kibitaki 黄鶲 (きびたき)
Ficedula narcissina

. shitataki tarojo シタタキ タロジョ .
kibitaki toy from Kagoshima Shrine



. WKD : Birds of Summer .


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scissortail flycatcher --
the yield sign reflects
morning sun


"chibi" (pen-name for Dennis M. Holmes)


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Dawn has come again
The Flycatcher flew today
Bye beautiful birds


Robert L. Huntsman

source : 2005 - allpoetry.com/poem



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4/30/2007

Loon bird (Gavia fam.)

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Loon birds (Gavia fam.)

***** Location: North America
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The Loons (N.Am.) or Divers (UK/Ireland) are a group of aquatic birds found in many parts of North America and northern Europe. A loon is the size of a large duck or small goose, which it somewhat resembles in shape when swimming, but they are completely unrelated to waterfowl.

Their plumage is largely black-and-white, with grey on the head and neck in some species, and a white belly, and they have a spear-shaped bill. All living species of loons are members of one genus (Gavia) in a family (Gaviidae), and order (Gaviiformes) all of their own.

During the summer, loons nest on freshwater lakes and/or large ponds.
Usually one or two eggs are laid in June.


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loon chicks, kigo for summer
loon, some poets suggest as kigo for winter, others for spring.


Bill Higginson, Haiku World (1996)
"Loons go north for the summer, when their striking breeding plumage and calls and displays make them a seasonal topic around lakes in the northern reaches of the north temperate zone.
(Japan and most of coastal US see loons in winter, when their plumage is dull and their habits less noticeable)."


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In the fall the loon (Colymbus glacialis) came, as usual, to moult and bathe in the pond, making the woods ring with his wild laughter before I had risen.... When I went to get a pail of water early in the morning I frequently saw this stately bird sailing out of my cove within a few rods.
If I endeavored to overtake him in a boat, in order to see how he would manuvre, he would dive and be completely lost, so that I did not discover him again, sometimes, till the latter part of the day. But I was more than a match for him on the surface. He commonly went off in a rain.

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This is of the loon's do not mean its laugh, but its looning, is a long-drawn call, as it were, sometimes singularly human to my ear, hoo-hoo-ooooo, like the hallooing of a man on a very high key, having thrown his voice into his head. I have heard a sound exactly like it when
breathing heavily through my own nostrils, half awake at ten at night, suggesting my affinity to the loon; as if its language were but a dialect of my own, after all.

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Formerly, when lying awake at midnight in those woods, I had listened to hear some words or syllables of their language, but it chanced that I listened in vain until I heard the cry of the loon. I have heard it occasionally on the ponds of my native town, but there its wildness is not enhanced by the surrounding scenery.

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I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs so loud, or than Walden Pond itself. What company has that lonely lake, I pray?

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*Mould, Tom 1969-*

*Loon: Memory, Meaning, and Reality in a Northern Dene Community (review)*
Journal of American Folklore - Volume 117, Number 464, Spring 2004, pp. 213-214

American Folklore Society: search for LOON
http://muse.jhu.edu/about/publishers/afs


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Japan

loon, ahi アビ
This is not a kigo.


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breaking silence --
the loon's song
echos to another

Janice

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common loons
glide gracefully past
bits of ice


bob

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***** Grebe (Podiceps family of Birds) Kaitsuburi (Japan)


***** Water birds, mizudori 水鳥

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3/29/2007

Sugar Moon / Sap Moon

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Sugar Moon / Sap Moon

***** Location: North America, Canada
***** Season: Spring
***** Category: Heaven


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Explanation


Please read the main entry HERE:

Maple Syrup

It officially referes to the March full moon in reference to maple tapping but
there are at least a few song lyrics that refer it to the June moon in reference to sugar cane.

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Maple Sugaring
by Andy Baker

Maple trees, family Aceraceae, are one of the few trees whose sap is easily processed to produce sugar. And the sugar maple Acer saccharum, which exists only in North America, has the sweetest sap with a sugar content averaging 2.2%. Although no written documentation exists for the origins of maple sugaring, native linguistic references and mythologies suggest a long association betweensugaring and a number of Native North American tribes. Several tribes refer to the first full moon in March as the Maple or Sugar Moon and have stories thatrelate the origins of maple sugaring. The Iroquois attribute the discovery to aparticular squaw who used the sap for boiling food and found that the liquid became sweeter as it boiled.

Maple Sugaring / lake metro parks

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Sap Moon
by Jessica Prentice

Just before the first thaw after the cold winter, comes the Sap Moon.
Though snow and ice still cover the ground throughout the North, the very first movements of spring stir within the forest trees. The sap of renewed life begins to rise up through the trunks, making its slow and steady way to the outermost tips of the branches where it will nurture the buds that will become new leaves.

While all northern trees produce sap at this time of year, the sugar maple in particular inspired the naming of the Sap Moon. Maple sap runs from the first sign of thaw until the first buds appear on the trees -- a period of four to six weeks, depending on the weather.
When the sap was running it was time to head for your nearest grove of sugar maples -- called a sugar bush -- begin tapping the trees, collecting sap, and pouring it into large pots for sugaring.
(Another name for this moon was the Sugar Moon.)
http://www.awakenedwoman.com/prentice_sap_moon.htm

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Full Worm - March Moon

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.

The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
http://www.farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/fullmoonnames.html

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Lyrics for Song: Sugar Moon
Lyrics for Album: You Don't Know Me: Songs of Cindy Walker
(Bob Wills/Cindy Walker)

When it's sugarcane time
And around about June
I'll be walkin' with my sugar
'Neath that old sugar moon

All the lovin' I missed
I'll be gettin' it soon
I'll be gettin' it from my sugar
'Neath that old sugar moon

I can see us right now
Get the calendar down
(And) Draw a circle around
The day we're heaven bound
When it's sugarcane time
And around about June
All the birds will be singin'
'Neath that old sugar moon

I can see us right now
Get the calendar down
(And) Draw a circle around
The day we're heaven bound
When it's sugarcane time
And around about June
All the birds will be singin'
'Neath that old sugar moon

When it's sugarcane time
And around about June
I'll be walkin' with my sugar
'Neath that old sugar moon

Sugar Moon
Year 1910
Music by Percy Wenrich
Words by Stanley Murphy

Jerome H. Remick & Co.
New York and Detroit

First Verse
Lindy Lou and Jasper in the fields of sugar cane, Down in Loosiana, Jasper was so love sick, that his heart was filled with pain For his Lindy Lou. When the sun was shining bright, He'd make love with all his might, Lindy'd say: "You're acting like a loon, Don't come fussin' 'round at noon, Nighttime is the time to spoon, Underneath the sugar moon."

Second Verse
Jasper says to Lindy: "Won't you be my lovin' bride?" Sugar moon am shinin', Lindy says "Uh huh", and cuddles closer to his side, Wedding mighty soon. Gwine to have a barbecue, Gwine to roast an ox or two, Possum pie 'simmon jam and coon. Can't you hear the banjos ring, Can't you hear Miss Lindy sing, Underneath the sugar moon?

Chorus
When the sugar moon am moonin,' You can spoon and keep on spoonin,' Croon a tune and keep on croonin' When you croon, croon a tune, that a coon can croon in June. For I love to hear you hummin', And I dearly love to spoon; But my lovin' coon, turtle dovin' coon, Underneath the sugar moon.

http://www.halcyondaysmusic.com/may/may2002.htm

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CD Album- Sugar Moon Sugar Moon
Song- Satoukibibatake, Sugar Cane Field
http://www.a-cappella.com/product/1076/world-japan


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sugar moon
licking
a maple icicle


sugar moon
a clear bead
on the broken twig

susan delphine delaney, plano, texas


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3/25/2007

Maple syrup Kaede

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Maple syrup

***** Location: North America
***** Season: Spring
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Explanation

Researching the history of our township Maple Valley ...

The following quotes were compiled by Michael Baribeau .



© PHOTO www.smilingcountry.com/pickens

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The Maple Valley Name
by Bertha (Mrs. Carl) Johnson

Valley Of The Maples. Where did Maple Valley get its name? When the first settlers came in 1858, the area was thickly forested with beautiful maple groves and pine trees. Many romances blossomed in the sugar bushes, as they were called, when the sap from the maple trees was gathered in buckets, boiled down in huge vats over a blazing fire and became maple syrup and sugar. It became the place to go for young folks to watch the process.

Sap started flowing the first warm days of spring. It was time for farmers to tap the trees and hang the buckets to catch the sap. Maple Syrup and sugar became the first crop of the year for many farmers who had settled in the valley.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~mimontca/townships/maple.htm

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Maple syrup and sugar are among the oldest agricultural commodities produced in the United States. Native Americans are generally credited with discovering how to convert maple sap into maple syrup. The importance of maple products for local trade was established well before the arrival of the first European settlers in North America. Maple syrup production is confined to the northeastern portion of the United States, with the largest amounts produced in Vermont and New York.
http://web1.msue.msu.edu/imp/modft/26179701.html

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Michigan makes about 80,000 gallons of maple syrup a year.

Michigan is ranked at number 7 in terms of quantity of production (and number 1 with quality!)

There are an estimated 500 commercial maple syrup producers in Michigan with some 2,000 additional hobby or home use producers.

Michigan's law requires that a processor of maple syrup be licensed.

It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make just 1 gallon of maple syrup.

For the best maple sap, a maple tree should be 40 years old with a diameter of 10 inches before tapping is recommended.

Average sugar concentration of maple sap is about 2.5 percent.

Maple season in Michigan runs from February to April.

Freezing and thawing temperatures create pressure and force the sap out of the tree.

while budding makes the maple syrup taste bitter, thus production ceases.

Maple syrup is 100 percent pure - no additives, no coloring, and no preservatives.

Maple syrup has 50 calories per tablespoon.

Maple syrup has many minerals per tablespoon: 20 milligrams of calcium, 2 milligrams of phosphorus, .2 milligrams of iron, 2 milligrams of sodium and 35 milligrams of potassium.
http://www.mda.state.mi.us/Kids/pictures/sap/fact.html

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TAPPING THE TREE.
The flow of sap is highly dependant upon weather conditions. Flow does not begin until after a time of hard freeze, followed by several sunny days with temperatures in the 40s. The peak flow occurs early in the sugaring season when it freezes at night and is bright and sunny the next day with the temperature in the 40s. The flow will stop when daytime temperatures do not go above freezing, or when night temperatures do not go below freezing.

The flow usually lasts roughly three to four weeks. While it flows, collect daily the sap, preferably late afternoon. If the trees are tapped too soon and flow does not begin, it is possible that the holes will seal over and subsequent flow is inhabited significantly. The holes may have to be redrilled in this case.
http://www.biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/buds_and_bark/tapping_sugar_maple_index.html

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Several species of maple trees grow in Michigan.
Though all produce sap suitable for the production of maple syrup, two species of sugar maple (acer saccharum) and black maple (acer nigrum), are the source of sap for most commercial maple production. Sap suitable for conversion into syrup may also be obtained from red and silver maples, though such sap usually has a lower sugar content.
http://www.mi-maplesyrup.com/Activities/activities_homemade.htm


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Although I don't know anyone personally who taps maples I do know the Old Order Amish in our area are doing it...

Amish farm
the maple syrup sign
still not out


Michael Baribeau



The Amish (Pennsylvania Dutch: Amisch, German: Amische),
sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann.
Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

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a fly feasts
on the maple syrup
reckless teenager


Victor P. Gendrano, 2002

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end of winter
already the maple tree
awakes from sleep

maple syrup
on breakfastpancakes -
spoiling the children


Patricia Prime, 2004, tinywords

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breakfast of champions
she pours maple syrup on
her pancakes


Copyright © 1996-2002 by Heather Madrone .


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sugaring off-
the staccato tapping sound
of a woodpecker


honourable mention, the Betty Drevniok Award 2008

- Shared by Pamela Cooper, Canada -
Joys of Japan, 2012


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***** Sugar Moon / Sap Moon Full Worm - March Moon. North America


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kigo for late autumn

kaede 楓 (かえで) maple tree
fam. Acer


momiji もみじ Momiji tree
kaerude かえるで

kaede momiji 楓紅葉(かえでもみじ)
red autumn leaves of the maple tree
.... koofuu 紅楓(こうふう)

- - - - - many special and local varieties :

Takao Momiji 高尾紅葉(たかおもみじ)maples at Mount Takao, Tokyo
..... Takao kaede 高尾かえで(たかおかえで)
Iroha kaede いろはかえで
Yamamomiji 山紅葉(やまもみじ)
Chirimem kaede 縮緬かえで(ちりめんかえで)
kirenishiki きれにしき
hauchiwa kaede 羽団扇かえで(はうちわかえで)
meigetsu kaede 名月かえで(めいげつかえで)
asa no ha kaede 麻の葉かえで(あさのはかえで)
Itaya kaede 板屋かえで(いたやかえで)
Too kaede 唐かえで(とうかえで)
mine kaede 嶺かえで(みねかえで)

mitsude kaede 三つ手かえで(みつでかえで)
hitotsude kaede 一つ葉かえで(ひとつばかえで)


. Red Autumn Leaves 紅葉 momiji .
and more about differene maple varieties,
including the Latin names for the varieties above.


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2/24/2007

Beaver

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Beaver (Castor canadensis)

***** Location: Canada, North America
***** Season: Various, see below
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Beaver, the national emblem of Canada

young beavers
kigo for spring
Young beavers leave the nest in spring when they are two-years-old, to make room for the next litter, and go off to build lodges and dams in new territory.


preparing lodges, building dams
kigo for autumn


"Full Beaver Moon" .. November
setting beaver traps

kigo for early winter

Native American Indians:
"This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon."


hibernating, hole-up
kigo for winter

In winter, they mostly hole-up in their lodges with a winter-long store of food while the pond they have created with their dam may be mostly frozen over.

Larry Bole

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Where the beaver lives
The beaver lives near wooded streams. Beavers are found in most parts of Canada ( the north, the west and on the prairies). In the rest of North America the beaver's range extends from Alaska to the southern United States.

The beaver's home
The beaver builds a home (lodge) made of mud and branches. The inside of the beaver's home consists of one or more underwater passages, a feeding area and a dry area for the nest. Most lodges are about 5 metres wide and 2 metres high. There is a fresh air hole at the top (roof) of the lodge.

Appearance
The beaver is the largest rodent in North America. A full grown beaver can weigh from 16 to 32 kg. It can be from 60 to 80 cm. in length. Beavers has long sharp front teeth.

A beaver's tail is flat (about 30 cm. long) and covered with scales . The beaver uses the tail to steer when swimming or for balance when sitting on land . If an enemy is near, the beaver slaps its tail on the water to warn other beavers. The tail is not used to plaster mud on dams or lodges.

Food
Beavers eat the bark and leaves of trees. Their favorite tree is the aspen. Beavers also eat grasses, berries and waterplants.
In the winter the beaver family stays inside a lodge. There can be six or more in the lodge including parents, yearlings and kits. They do not hibernate. Enough food must be stored to last all winter. The beaver's food pile of twigs and branches is at the bottom of the pond close to the entrance to the lodge. During the winter the beaver dives down to get some food.

The young
Beavers mate for life. Early in the summer ( May or June ) the female has a litter of three or four kits. The newborn have fur, teeth and can see and walk. The babies remain inside for about a month. The yearlings act as babysitters for the new litter. During their second year, young beavers help their parents repair the dam and lodge and gather food for winter. Young beavers stay with their parents until they are two years old.

© J.Giannetta


More Beaver Information and LINKS
University of Michigan


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Just recently, a beaver was sighted swimming in the Bronx River within the city limits of New York City. It has built a beaver lodge on the bank of the river.

This is the first time a beaver in the wild has been seen in New York City in 200 years!
It has been named Jose, after U.S. Representative Jose Serrano, who over the last five years has secured US$14.6 million in federal funding to clean up the river and its environment. The Bronx River flows south into the Bronx from Westchester County to the north, and empties into the East River.

Starting in the nineteenth century, the Bronx River has been extremely polluted with industrial waste. The beaver is a positive sign of the river becoming clean again.

The official seal of the City of New York has, among other things, two beavers on it.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/features/greenbook_seal_flag.shtml

And here is a picture of a beaver depicted on a decorative tile on the wall of the subway station at Astor Place, which is on the western edge of the East Village area of Manhattan. Astor Place is named after John Jacob Astor, who made a fortune in the beaver fur trade, and was the first millionaire in the United States.


© http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Astor_Pl_station_2.jpg


"If I can make it there,
I'm gonna make it anywhere,
It's up to you,

New York, New York."

--from "New York, New York," popularized by Frank Sinatra

a beaver too
can make it here--
new york, new york


Larry Bole


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North America

The state of Oregon has the nickname "The Beaver State," and the American beaver is the state animal.

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Freezing day...
above the beaver house
a puff of steam.

It is a very cold, calm day and it is something like -25C. We are walking out in the bush and come upon a frozen pond. At one end is a beaver dam and at the other end is a beaver house. There are beaver inside as we can see the steam from their breaths rise from a vent hole in their house. We assume it is warm and cozy inside.

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Trickling dam...
a full pond yet beavers
remain unseen.


On a trip to Coyote Lake we saw beaver dams with their ponds full of water. However, we did not see any actual beavers around... maybe they were having an afternoon snooze in their beaver house.

© 2 Haiku by Vaughn Seward (aka "Masago")
http://masago-no-haiku.blogspot.com/


© PHOTO http://www.woodlandheights.ca/nature_sanctuary/


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even the little beaver
says shit on work
this spring day

Cor van den Heuvel, Simply Haiku 2005

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mosquitoes
the slap of a beaver tail
at twilight


--Alice Frampton
("The Heron's Nest," Vol. VII, No. 3: September, 2005)



snowmelt -
beaver dam swept
to the river's edge

--William Scott Galasso
("The Heron's Nest," Vol. IV, No. 8: August, 2002)



Winter moon;
a beaver lodge in the marsh,
mounded with snow

--Robert Spiess
["Haiku West," 6:1 (1972); "The Haiku Anthology,"
edited by Cor van den Heuvel (Norton, 1999)]




Quiet strokes
of night swimmer: the slap
of beaver tails . . .

--Virginia Brady Young
(Honorable Mention, 1979 Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award,
The Haiku Society of America)




rainstorm on the pond;
beaver pushing a poplar limb
to plug the dam


--Charles Dickson
(publication information unknown)



On my fishing log
A beaver's wet belly has
Left a brush stroke there


--Brian Kokensparger
("Dogwood Blossoms," Vol. 1, Issue 8, June, 1994)


Compiled by Larry Bole


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low water
marsh mud smell mingles
with wood smoke


bob / Hapy Haiku 2010



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2/06/2007

Fire (kaji)

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Fire (kaji)

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


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Fires are a problem at any time. Some seasons are more prone to fires. In Japan, we have most fires in winter, when people use heating devices and the air is dry.

During the Edo period, when people lived closely in wooden homes and used open fire for cooking, fires were especially terrible.
Fire and fighting are the flowers of Edo (kaji to kenka wa Edo no hana) is an old proverb of these dangerous times.

In other places of the world, regular wildfires come at different seasons, see below.

Let us look at some kigo related to this word.



Katen, the God of Fire
© www.tctv.ne.jp/tobifudo/butuzo/12ten/katen.html

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fire, kaji 火事
big fire, taika 大火
small fire, boka 小火

fire close by, kinka 近火
fire far away, tooka 遠火

fire during the day, hiru kaji 昼火事
fire at night, yoru kaji 夜火事

mountain fire, forest fire, wildfire, bushfire
..... yamakaji 山火事

traces of a fire, kaji ato 火事跡

watching out for fires, hi no miban 火の見番
watchtower for a fire, hi no yagura 火の櫓 やぐら
mound for the fire bell, hanshoo dai 半鐘台

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on the lookout for fire, hi no ban 火の番
watching out for a fire, hi no yoojin 火の用心

hut for the night watch, banya 番屋
..... hi no ban koya 火の番小屋
night watch, yoban 夜番
..... yokei, yakei 夜警 (やけい)
making the night rounds, yomawari 夜回り
kantaku 寒柝(かんたく wooden clappers of the watchman

visiting someone after a fire damage, kaji mimai 火事見舞
..... usually with a gift of money


Look at some photos from big fires !

. hi no yoojin 火の用心 fire prevention goods .


fire brigade, fire brigade car, shooboosha 消防車

machibikeshi, machi hikeshi 町火消し
kaji shoozoku 火事装束(かじしょうぞく)protective colths for the firebrigade
protective hood for fire, kaji zukin 火事頭巾



© 鳶頭政五郎覚書 Edo Fire Museum With MORE photos !

protective coat, kaji baori 火事羽織
..... PHOTOS !



. kawabaori 皮羽織 leather haori coat .

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猫の江戸火消し neko no edobikeshi
cats were popular images for firefighters.
Click on the image to see more !



source and more : ameblo.jp/edo-sanpo

tobishoku, tobi-shoku 鳶職 construction workers
who also helped in the fire brigade

鳶 tobi、鳶口 tobiguchi、鳶の者

They had the tools to tear a home down during a fire to prevent the spread of the flames.
They also worked to harden the ground before setting up a building, helping the
jigyooshi 地形師 "ground-preparing" worker .

. tobi, tonbi 鳶 Tombi, Black Kite, Milan noir .



. shokunin 職人 craftsmen, artisans in Edo .


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kigo for the New Year

hatsu kaji 初火事 (はつかじ) first fire

The first fire of the new year is often seen as a bringer of bad luck, if it happens during the first three days of the New Year.

. SAIJIKI - THE NEW YEAR

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observance kigo for mid-winter


. ohotaki, o ho taki 御火焚 (おほたき) "making a bonfire"
..... ohitaki, o hi taki おひたき

In many temples and shrines and workplaces or restaurants that use fire, this custom is observed in the middle of November. It used to mark the end of autumn and beginning of the winter season, with prayers to protect the region from fires.



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Australia


Bushfires, hell on earth
kigo for summer and other seasons



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Philippines

Fires engulf properties in Manila here and there because of the hot days... ironically, march is fire prevention month.

quiet night...
fire at the far corner
of the street

noontime...
billows of thick smoke
from the razing mall

raging fire...
just what three firefighters
make do


- Shared by Bos Tsip
Joys of Japan, March 2012


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Southern California

Bushfire, wildfire, Santa Ana Winds
kigo for autumn

dry sumac
waiting for a brush fire
patient seeds

chaparral vistas
shimmer in the hot wind
ready tinder


Billie Dee, 2006



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Ban Dainagon Ekotoba
(Scroll of the Courtier Ban Dainagon)



(伴大納言絵詞) The Tale of Great Minister Ban, is an emakimono (handscroll painting) depicting the events of the Ōtemmon Conspiracy, an event of Japan's early Heian period. The painting, attributed to Tokiwa Mitsunaga of the Tosa school, is over 20m long and about 31.5cm tall.

The full-color painting depicts the events of March 866, in which Ban Dainagon, also known as Tomo no Yoshio, set fire to the Ōtemon 大手門 gate of Kyoto. He then blamed one of his political rivals, Minister of the left Minamoto no Makoto for the fire. However, the true culprit was soon discovered, and Tomo no Yoshio was banished to Izu province.
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. The Kitchen Deities of Japan .
Kamagami 釜神 The Hearth Deity
hi otoko 火男 "man of the fire"
Aragamisama, Koojinsama, Koojin sama 荒神様
Dokujin, dokoojin 土公神


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Homusubi no mikoto 火産霊命 Deity of Fire
and the shrines called Atago jinja 愛宕神社
. The Atago shrines of Japan .



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HAIKU


fire and love -
quite a hot topic
for a cold night


Gabi Greve
Read about O-Shichi in the Edo period
八百屋お七の物語


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. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .

焼にけりさしてとがなき藪蚊迄
yake ni keri sashite toga naki yabu ka made

everything has burned
even the blameless
thicket mosquitoes

Tr. David Lanoue

Lanoue's comment:
This haiku has the prescript, "Shitaya fire." Shitaya was a district in Edo (today's Tokyo), near the place where Issa was living at the time.

According to R. H. Blyth, "thicket mosquito" (yabu ka) refers to a species of "striped mosquitoes"; Haiku (Tokyo: Hokuseido, 1949-1952; rpt. 1981-1982/reset paperback edition) 3.805. Robin D. Gill notes that the scientific name for these large striped, bloodthirsty mosquitoes is Stegomyia fasciata, according to Kenkyûsha's Japanese-English Dictionary.

Issa's sympathy extends even to the pesky mosquitoes.

Chokugaku kaji 勅額火事 9th day, 10th month 1698
Also called 元禄江戸大火 or 中堂火事
It started from Kyobashi and by a southern wind spread fast. Soon it came down from Surugadai to Shitaya 下谷、Kanda Myojin Shita 神田明神下 and 湯島天神下 Yushima Tenjin Shita.
Then to 下谷池之端 Shitaya Ikenohata and on to Asakusa. It was stopped by a great rain after 22 hours. More than 3000 dead.
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. taika 江戸の大火 Edo no Taika "Great Fires of Edo" .

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New Year's Day 1809.
People say the fire broke out at around six this evening in the Sanai district. At the time a strong wind was blowing, and smoke from the fire spread in all directions as it burned everything in its path. In a single moment it destroyed all the latticed shutters and floor mats people had cleaned and renovated over the previous three days, and it burned even the many New Year's pines and bamboos and other decorations people had put up to pray for a thousand years of good fortune and happiness. Those people lost their homes to fire, while I lost my home to another person, but surely we are all in the same situation.

元日や我のみならぬ巣なし鳥
ganjitsu ya ware nomi naranu su-nashi-dori

New Year's Day --
so many of us birds
without a nest

Tr. Chris Drake

The previous year Issa went on a long trip to his hometown to negotiate about moving into half of the house his father left behind. He also visited several other places, apparently not returning to Edo until the end of the year. When he got back, however, Issa found that his landlord, in his absence, had rented the house he was still renting to someone else. Suddenly homeless, Issa had to depend on his haikai friend and patron, Natsume Seibi, a very rich rice broker who didn't like the business he had inherited and retired early to a house in northeast Edo. Issa spent the end of 1808 and the beginning of 1809 with Seibi in his retirement house, where he wrote this hokku. The fire broke out in the busy Nihombashi business district in downtown Edo, but Issa's rented house that he couldn't return to and Seibi's house were both on the northeast edge of Tokyo, some distance away. Probably Issa watched the fire in the distance from the banks of the Sumida River, and he must have been grieving for all the newly homeless people.

The birds mentioned are definitely plural and numerous. They are also mostly human beings who are like birds, not actual birds, though a few literal birds may also have lost nests in the fire. Makoto Ueda, a very reliable translator, evokes many human birds by translating, "New Year's Day -- / I am not the only / bird without a nest" (Dew on the Grass 64). Issa is not saying that a single bird is visiting him, since many thousands of people have lost their nests / homes because of the fire. Issa's haibun introduction to the hokku, which Ueda translates and which deserves to be always translated along with the hokku, explains this situation.

The expression ware nomi naranu ... in the second line means "not only I...," referring to Issa, but it can also refer to each person who lost her or his home in the fire. This ability of the first-person pronoun to refer both to the writer and, as indirect discourse, to all the people who lost their homes, gives a sense of communal loss to the hokku. It was a big fire, so the suffering is also big. I tried to convey this undertone of communal loss by using "us" as a kind of collective "I," since I think this is how Issa feels his hokku.

Chris Drake

. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .


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焼にけりされども花はちりすまし
yake ni keri saredomo hana wa chirisumashi

Burnt to ashes,
But the cherry blossoms
Had all fallen.

Tachibana Hokushi
Tr. Blyth

Blyth's comment:
In the 3rd year of Genroku, 1690, Hokushi's house in Kanazawa was burnt down, and he sent this haiku to Basho. Haiku, like Caesar's wife, must not only be devoid of pose, but be above the suspicion of it. We must avoid even the appearance of evil, and avoid the appearance of avoiding it. Above all, art and life must have no "but."


My house burned down
But anyway, it was after
The flower petals had already fallen.

trans. Alex Kerr,
from "The Classic Tradition of Haiku," edited by Faubion Bowers

Bowers' comment:
When Hokushi's house burned down a second time, Shikoo sent him an "imitative" poem:

yakeni keri saredomo sakura sakanu uchi

You are burnt out, but luckily
Before the cherry-flowers bloom

Tr. Asataroo Miyamori (1869-1952)


And here are Robin Gill's translations of Hokushi's haiku (Gill adds Hokushi's headnote: kanoe-uma no toshi ie o yakarete):

my year of the horse

my hut in ashes:
so what! the cherry blossoms
had all scattered



homeless but happy

burnt down
but my cherry was done
blossoming


An excerpt from Gill's comment:
This well-known 'ku' complements another well-known poem where the thief left the precious thing, the moon, on the window sill. Hokushi's attitude so impressed Basho that he wrote: "If the ancients wrote great songs at the cost of their own lives, your exchange of this great poem (for having your house burnt down) should leave your spirit without regret."
Is it not a testament to Japan's best side that a man could gain great respect for loving his tree more than his house? Still, I can't help wondering how many people today would trade their house (or spouse) for a poem, even knowing ahead of time it would be appreciated for centuries.


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焼けし野の所々やすみれ草
yakeshi no no tokorodokoro ya sumiregusa

violets have grown
among the ruins
of my burned house


Arii Shokyu-ni
Tr. Patricia Donegan


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蔵焼けて 障るものなき 月見哉
kura yakete sawaru mono naki tsukimi kana

my storehouse burned down -
now there is nothing to prevent
the moon viewing

Tr. Gabi Greve

Mizuta Masahide 水田 正秀
Read a discussion of this translation


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... when Basho's first "Basho Hut (Bashoo An 芭蕉庵" burned down, on January 25, 1683, he apparently didn't write a haiku about it.

Ueda writes:
On January 25, 1683, the Basho Hut burned to the ground in a fire that destroyed a large part of Edo. According to Kikaku's account, Basho "barely managed to survive in the smoke, after submerging himself in the water [Sumida River] and covering his head with a rush mat."


CLICK for more fires of Edo
Meireki Fire in Edo, (1657)
(江戸東京博物館蔵)


. taika 江戸の大火 Edo no Taika "Great Fires of Edo" .
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Related words

***** The God of Fire (katen 火天, kajin 火神 )

***** Firework Display (hanabi)

***** Bonfire, burning fallen leaves (takibi)

***** Camp, camping (kyanpu), tent (tento) camp fire
Japan, North America

***** Storehouse, warehouse (kura, dozoo) built to withstand a fire !

***** Ash, ashes (hai) and related kigo
and sumi-temae carcoal layout of the tea ceremony


. hi no yoojin 火の用心 fire prevention Daruma .


Thanks to Larry Bole for compiling most haiku information of this page!

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Edo Ichiban Gumi 一番組





Edo Megumi. Me-gumi め組

Tokugawa Yoshimune - Disguised as Tokuda Shinnosuke—Shin-san
to his friends—the third son of a hatamoto, the shogun roams freely about his capital, using the Megumi fire company as his base. The captain of the company knows his identity, but others are unaware that he is the shogun.
Yoshimune-as-Shinnosuke is portrayed as the nearly invincible samurai warrior who seldom loses a fight no matter how many enemies opposing him there are.
- see wikipedia Abarenbō Shōgun (暴れん坊将軍)


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Edo Regumi. Re-gumi れ組




koma-inu at Suwa Jinja 諏訪神社 Tokyo


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