Tag Archives: Autumn Equinox

LEARN FROM THE SCARECROW: ISSA’S HARVEST MOON

An autumn hokku by Issa: Standing unaffected Beneath a Harvest Moon — The scarecrow. Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet that nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.  We admire and ooh! and ah! over the large, bright … Continue reading

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THE TIME OF HARVEST IN THE HOKKU YEAR

In our busy modern world, particularly if we live in a heavily urbanized area, it is good to pause from time to time and reflect on where we are in the Wheel of the Year — the cycle of the … Continue reading

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IT’S STILL THE SAME OLD STORY

Yesterday I discussed three “Western” calendar systems relevant to hokku — the traditional calendar, the meteorological calendar, and the “natural” calendar.  The first is astronomical, and depends on the relationship between the sun and the earth; the second shows us … Continue reading

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IT’S ABOUT TIME: THE HOKKU YEAR

The seasons are very important to hokku.  But when we look a bit closer, we find we have both formal and natural calendars: The old traditional European calendar — now a formal calendar — was divided into four seasons, each … Continue reading

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