Mei: poetic names

03 Sep Poetic names to use in September

It’s already September, time flies! Here’s the list of poetic names to use this month. Early September Aki kahze (秋風)- autumn/fall breeze; Shuten (秋天)- fall sky, strikingly blue sky in autumn; Ginpu (吟風)-from GinpuRogetsu (吟風弄月), reading poems in the autumn breeze while watching the beautiful moon; Choyo (重陽)- the Choyo Festival (around September 9th) which features chrysanthemums, the flower symbolic of longevity and eternal youth. The picture is to collect morning dew on the flower (if you wipe your body with the cotton, you'd be free from illness for the year). Mid-September Aka Tombo (赤とんぼ)-a red dragonfly; Ko Getsu (湖月)- the moon reflected on the lake (typically, anything...

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10 Aug Poetic Names to Use in August

We don't have classes at Shofuso in August (probably too hot, since we don't have AC – a good old Japanese tea house……) but we compiled the poetic names to use in August anyway! Early August To- Hanabi (遠花火)-fireworks afar Sato Gaeri (里帰り)-homecoming Yoi Suzushi (宵涼し)-cool evening, evening coolness Kadobi (門火)-fire lit at a gate (for Obon festival, to welcome the spirits of ancestors) Mid-August Toro- Nagashi (灯篭流し)-floating lanterns (Obon festival customs, to send off the spirits of ancestors, when the lighted lanterns are floated down the river to the ocean) Utsu semi(空蝉)-cicada, a cast-off shell of cicada (a symbol of temporal, short-lived life) Fuyo-(芙蓉)-a flower of the hibiscus...

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07 Jul Mei-Poetic Names (July)

It is already July, so here is the list of poetic names typical for July. Early July * The first three are related to Tanabata, a festival celebrated on July 7th which has roots in the Chinese star festival (the Qixi festival). It is said that the lovers across the Milky Way can meet once a year if it does not rain. People (kids) write their wishes on paper strips and hang them on bamboos. Ama no Kawa (天の川)-Milky Way (up to July 7th) Oh se (逢瀬)- A tryst (up to July 7th) Ginga (銀河)-Galaxy Uchiwa (団扇)-A round paper fan Mid-July Fu-rin...

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01 Jun Poetic Names for June

It's already June! Here, I have compiled a list of poetic names and their descriptions typical of June. I list poetic names by early, mid-, and late each month, but all these timings are relative, so you should use your judgment to determine whatever feels right for the day. Seasons vary based on where you are. For example, I grew up in the most northern part of Japan. Japan's academic year runs from April to March, so we graduate in March and typically school starts in April. As a kid, whenever I attended graduation ceremonies in March or commencement ceremonies in...

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24 Apr Mei-Poetic names in May (no pun intended)

It's almost May, so here goes the list of poetic names for May. Hope you can use a few of them at Okeiko. Early May A(h-)oba (青葉)- Fresh/young green leaves Seitai(青苔)- Moss, which is especially fresh green Kumpu(薫風)- Early summer breeze, balmy breeze Satsu Satsu (颯々)- Rustling of the wind; the sound of rushing wind Mid-May Samidare(五月雨)- Early summer rain (which tends to be long-lasting) Kaki tsubata (杜若)- An iris Sa Otome (早乙女)- Women/girls who plant rice seedlings (religious symbol for rich harvest in the fall; typically dressed in a navy blue dress, red strap and a straw hat) Cho sei(澄声) - Mountain wind...

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07 Apr Poetic names to use in April

We often use poetic names in Chado, commonly as a name of Chashaku. We are going to list several names for each month. The poetic names usually precede the actual time/event. For example, you will see names related to the Boy's Festival (which is May 5th) at the end of April. Early April Yamazakura(山桜) - Natural/indigenous cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms in mountains Hana matsuri(花祭り)- Cherry blossom festivals Wakatake(若竹)- Young bamboos Hana gasumi(花霞)- Cherry blossoms in full bloom and look like haze from afar Mid-April Osozakura(遅桜)- Late cherry blossoms Yozakura(夜桜)- Cherry blossoms at night Hana bie(花冷)- Cold days in spring Hana no shizuku(花の雫)- Dew on flowers Late April Naeshiro(苗代)- Rice seedlings Hatsu sekku(初節句)- First...

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