Late Autumn・晩秋

Poetic Name (Mei)

銘 

Description / source poetry

 


North Wind 

木枯らし
Kogarashi 

Towards the end of Autumn, piercing winds blow from the North. These winds cripple the last of the Autumn leaves. When the winds visit again days later, the strong gusts sweep the last autumn leaves from their trees. Seeing this gives us an opportunity to reflect on impermanence (mujyō).

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Sparrow of the Rice Fields
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Flock of Sparrows

稲雀
Inasuzume

群雀
Murasuzume

As the fields of rice approach harvest, flocks of sparrows can be seen swarming through the heavy ears of rice.


Rich Harvest

豊の秋
Toyo no aki 

Some years the rice harvest is particularly abundant. 'Toyo no aki' means 'abundant autumn'.

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Shower of Coloured Leaves 

木の葉雨
Konohaame

‘Konohaame’ refers to autumn leaves fluttering in the wind like rain. Walking around town this time of year you can see such scenes of leaves dancing in the wind. During the hotter months these leaves provided shade and we enjoyed their lush green. Then in autumn we enjoyed their brilliant colours. Having played their part in the grand scheme of things, the leaves are carried by the wind back to the earth.

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Autumn Rust

秋さぶ
Akisabu

Etymologically, Akisabu equates to “autumn rust”. The meaning refers to the increasing feelings of loneliness and emptiness that overcome us in late autumn. 

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Adam Sōmu Wojciński, 2018 

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