February 2018

24 Feb Poetic Names to Use in March

I started this blog series of poetic names in April last year, so this post marks the completion of a full 12-month cycle. I learned a lot in the process, even discovered that some words I had assumed I knew actually had different meanings. I am still hoping to find tea utensils with these names or to make sweets that are reminders of these poetic names. I may start writing about Zen phrases beginning next month . . . no promises yet. Early March: - Bon bori(雪洞) - A paper lamp shade, paper lantern, or anything related to the Hina Matsuri Doll...

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11 Feb Poetic Names to Use in January and February

Belated New Year’s greetings! We had a great Hatsugama gathering. I hope you are having a happy 2018 so far. Poetic Names for January Basically, poetic names related to happiness and luck are appropriate all month. At the end of the month is Setsubun (February 3 festival) /Risshun (the first day of spring, usually February 4th) so related words would be also appropriate. Oh Buku (大福)- Tea made with new year well water, good luck, good fortune; Fukuju (福寿)- Long life and happiness; Nana kusa (七草)- The seven spring herbs. On January 7th, we eat rice porridge with seri (Japanese parsley), nazuna...

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