Japanese Nightingale

the day’s stagnant heat ripples with fluid warbling the fading blossom Kim M. Russell, 28th June 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1463 old bush warbler (oiuguisu) Today’s classical summer kigo is ‘old bush warbler’ (oiuguisu), also known as the Japanese  nightingale. We have several examples of haiku and tanka with this kigo for inspiration.

Luxuriance

dancing in the breeze flourishing oleander her pernicious breath Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1457 luxuriance (shigeri) Chèvrefeuille says he didn’t find it easy to translate today’s summer kigo because it’s a rare one, which has been taken from the sub-division plants. He tells us that luxuriance (shigeri) is specifically used […]

Pickled Ayu

garnished with ginger a plate of sweetfish and rice flavoured with sunshine Kim M. Russell, 18th June 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1456 sweetfish (ayu) Today’s classical kigo for summer is sweetfish (ayu). I think it’s an unusual kigo and was grateful for the explanation: the ayu, or sweetfish, is a species of fish […]

Nagoshi

a shower of sparks fireworks in the evening heat purification turning into falling leaves flames leaping from a bonfire Kim M. Russell, 18th June 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1455 half-year’s end festival (nagoshi) Today’s classical kigo for summer ‘half-year’s end festival’ (nagoshi). Nagoshi is one of the 100.000 festivals which occur in Japan […]