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’. 

Image: @minenomatsu


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.

Image: @minenomatsu


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.


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

ぬさもとりあへず

手向山

紅葉の錦

神のまにまに 

Kono tabi wa

nusa mo tori-aezu

tamuke-yama

momiji no nishiki

kami no mani-mani

 

Image: @minenomatsu




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Adam Sōmu Wojciński, 2018 

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