Bean Soup

after ice and fog bowls filled with spices and steam rainbow coloured beans Kim M. Russell, 22nd January 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1590 bean soup The modern kigo for today is ‘bean soup’, taken from Jane’s Dictionary of Haiku. W also have examples written by Jane on that theme: cold rain falling into […]

A Handsome Duck

red-faced and whiskered dipping his beak water-deep handsome Mandarin Kim M. Russell, 21st January 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1589 mandarin ducks (oshidori) Today is a reprise episode of ‘mandarin ducks’, which is a classical kigo for winter. We also have a few haiku with this kigo as examples:  furu ike no oshidori ni […]


naked branches spangled with light and music tinkling icicles Kim M. Russell, 16th January 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1585 icicles (tsurara) In today’s episode, we have a classical kigo for late winter: Icicles (tsurara), and two example haiku: yûkaze ya yashiro no tsurara hi no utsuru night wind — the shrine’s icicles reflect […]