Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of CDHK. This month we are exploring the beauty of classical kigo and today I have another beautiful kigo for you. Instead of "burning fields" it has become "burning the hills" (yama yuki). And maybe you can remember that we have had a month full of Japanese festivals back in 2015, one of those festivals was Wakakusa Yamayaki (Burning down Mount Wakakusa).
|Priest preparing Wakakusa Yamayaki|
burning the mountain
smoke swirls from the green grass
pleasing the gods
Well ... it is not an easy prompt, but it is for sure a challenging one. So be prepared on a "struggle" with this prompt, this classical kigo for spring.
I have tried to find a few examples of haiku with this kigo but I only found one by Issa, not on "burning the hills", but on "burning fields":
the fires of burning fields
© Issa (Tr. Daniel Lanoue)
Maybe it was a kigo that wasn't used often, but that ... I don't know.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 15th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, thaw, later on. For now .... have fun!