Carpe Diem Haiku *Little New Year (Koshōgatsu)*

The festival of Little New Year (Koshōgatsu) is celebrated on the first full moon of the New Year, and traditionally these dates would occur some time between the end of January till the middle of February. However, when the government adopted the Gregorian calendar, Shōgatsu (Great New Year) became associated with the first day of January, and Koshōgatsu fell on the 15th of January. The main events of Koshōgatsu are rituals and prayers for the good harvest, and preparation of the traditional meal – rice porridge with azuki red beans. The Little New Year is called also Onnashōgatsu (New Year of Woman) thus the red color of the porridge symbolizes femininity, fertility and a healthy life.

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Little New Year
sharing my bowl of red porridge
with the full moon

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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *Basho’s “the autumn full moon”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars is a haiku, written by the haiku master Matsuo Basho:

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the autumn full moon:
all night long
I paced round the lake.

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I tried to stay close to the same mood and spirit when writing mine:

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after storm
on maple’ s bare branches
only full moon

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reaching up
eager to touch the moon
even mountain top

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up all night
howling at the moon
neighbour’ s dog

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Maneuvers In The Dark

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Everyday it’s a different version of itself. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections. /T.Mafi/






Who knows if the moon’s a balloon, coming out of a keen city in the sky – filled with pretty people? /E.E.Cummings/