Poetic Name (Mei)
Description / source poetry
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’.
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.
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.
My Companion the Moon
Tsuki no Tomo
My companion the moon
Kono kawashimo ya
Tsuki no tomo
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.
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
Kono tabi wa
nusa mo tori-aezu
momiji no nishiki
kami no mani-mani
Scarlet, Rust & Lemon Rain
The autumn leaves are glowing in a spectrum of scarlet, rust and lemon. Along comes a stong puff of wind, coaxing the fiery leaves from their branches to create a brief shower of orange 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.
Hermitage in the Leaves
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.