Immersion in an Onsen

cyprus tub beckons with a curled finger of steam fragrance of forest steam flowers in clouds slipping into onsen depths shiny skin puckers Kim M. Russell, 2017 Morning at the Nozawa Onsen, Shinsui Province by Kasamatsu Shiro (1933) – image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1164 Onsen the hot springs of Japan […]


a graceful geisha bends in the wind of culture wonderful willow Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1163 geisha, the beauty of Japan  In the penultimate episode of our journey through Japan, Chèvrefeuille has told us about the geisha, geiko or geigi: traditional Japanese female entertainers who act […]

Wedded Rocks

soft wrinkles of waves ocean’s treasure wrapped in silk Shinto wedding gift Kim M. Russell, 2017 Wedded Rocks My response to Carpe Diem #1162 Ueno Iga Province, birthplace of Basho Today we are visiting the region in which Matsuo Basho was born: Iga Province near Ueno, in modern-day Mie Prefecture. We have already learnt a lot […]

Ehime Spring

Ehime spring blooms cascading from the mountains pink waves on the sea shore Kim M. Russell Image found on My response to Carpe Diem #1161 Matsuyama City birth-place of Shiki Chèvrefeuille has given us some background to the Japanese poet Shiki, who was born in Matsuyama City in Iyo province (present day Ehime prefecture) […]

Waterfalls of Osaka

crystal droplets bounce orchestra of waterfalls releases rainbows Kim M. Russell, 2017 Kema-cho, Osaka Prefecture in autumn and a waterfall somewhere around Kema-cho My response to Carpe Diem #1160 Kema, birth-place of Yosa Buson Today on our journey through Japan we have reached the region in which Yosa Buson (1716-1784) was born, Kema Settsu Province, nowadays known as […]


on the morning path across Hakusan Mountain flowering haiku Kim M. Russell, 2017 My response to Carpe Diem #1159 Matto, birthplace of Chiyo-Ni In this episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, we are visiting Matto, a village in Kaga Province, now Hakusan Ishikawa Prefecture, the birthplace of the female haiku poet, Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775), who is […]

Mountains of Shinano

smudge of monochrome merges with autumn colours cloud dips into lake Kim M. Russell, 2017 My response to Carpe Diem #1158 Kashiwabara, birth-place of Kobayashi Issa In this episode, Chèvrefeuille has told us about the Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828), known as Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea, who […]