Mid-Autumn・秋の半ば

Poetic Name (Mei)

銘 

Description / source poetry

 


Harvest

みのり
Minori

Mother Earth gives us an abundance of food in Autumn, our last indulgence and last chance to store our sustenance for the coming winter.
‘Minori’ means ‘to ripen’ or ‘ripening’. ‘Minori no aki’ (minori = ripen, aki = autumn) means the ‘harvest season’. 

 

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Silver Dew 

白露 
Shiratsuyu

Even in the shadows of the Autumn morning, the dew drops glisten with a silver glow. When the light reaches and fills the droplets, a spectacle of fleeting beauty unfolds, until the dew fades to nothing.

 

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Autumn Yin

秋陰
Shūin

utumn takes us from the polarities of Summer to Winter. Cloud and rain-threaded days increase in the deepening Autumn. After a string of glorious Autumn days, a grey change reminds us that we truly celebrate ‘glorious’ on top of an acceptance of gloom. 

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My Companion the Moon

月の友
Tsuki no Tomo

 

Strolling upriver,

Meandering downriver,

My companion the moon

 

川上と / Kawakami to

この川下や / Kono kawashimo ya

月の友 / Tsuki no tomo

- Bashō

 

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Dew Puddles

露時雨
Tsuyu-shigure

On an Autumn morning one wakes to find the grass, trees and shrubs covered with so much dew that one assumes there has been rain during the night. But upon looking at the roads and concrete, there are no puddles or areas of damp to confirm this assumption. A particularly heavy covering of dew is called ‘tsuyu-shigure’ or ‘dew downpour’, a play on the word ‘shigure’ which denotes a short, heavy burst of rain.

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Autumn Brocade

紅葉の錦 
Momiji no Nishiki

On this journey

I have no streamers made of silk to offer up.

Gods, if it pleases you,

may you take instead this beautiful brocade

of Mt. Tamuke's autumn colors

 

このたびは / Kono tabi wa

ぬさもとりあへず / nusa mo tori-aezu

手向山 / tamuke-yama

紅葉の錦 / momiji no nishiki

神のまにまに / kami no mani-mani 

 

 - Bashō

 

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Scarlet, Amber & Gold Rain

落葉時雨
Ochiba-shigure

The autumn leaves are glowing in a spectrum of scarlet, amber and gold. Along comes a strong puff of wind, coaxing the fiery leaves from their branches to create a brief shower of scarlet rain for those walking below. ‘Shigure’ denotes a short, heavy burst of rain. Used together with ‘ochiba’ or ‘falling autumn leaves’, ‘ochiba-shigure’ gives poetry to this fleeting autumn scene. 

 

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Hermitage in the Leaves

葉の庵 
Ha no an

The leaves pile on the thatched roof and small garden surrounding the mountain hermitage. The little hut for tea and zen practice seems to float in a sea of Autumn.

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