Saturday, November 24, 2012

Autumn Leaves And Haiku

Matsuo Basho:
この道や
行く人なしに
秋の暮れ
kono michi ya iku hito nashi ni aki no kure - this road/without people passing by/end of autumn

 






















He says, in another poem, 秋の霜 aki no shimo - autumn frost.

aki, autumn, comprises the character 火 hi, fire. That is because the fields of rice are traditionally burnt in autumn. Though I see in this character the fire of the colour of autumn leaves. Maple trees do seem to be on fire.

Momiji symbol on a bridge in Arima:




Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum is a Japanese maple with red leaves even in spring:




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