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’. 

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Silver Dew 


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


Autumn 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

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


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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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


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

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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Moon and starry night


The high, far-reaching-firmament of a clear Autumn sky is taken over by a soaring black night canopy. The moon glows in her glory and stars map our dreams.


Our dreams can become reality. They must be high, elevated, above the mundane. A dream is signified by a star, and the star is something that glimmers in the night. It's a source of light in the darkness.




'Shita' = under; 'Ha' = leaf


shiratsuyu mo shigure mo itaku Moruyama wa shitaba nokorazu irozuki ni keri


The white dewfall and passing showers have soaked Mt Moruyama through,
every single under-leaf has been dyed with autumn colour
- Ki no Tsurayuki (872–945), Kokin-shū #260


Dawn breeze

あさけの風 Asake-no-kaze

kono nenuru yo no ma ni aki wa kinikerashi asake no kaze no kinō ni mo ninu

While I slept
In the space of one night, Autumn
Has come, it seems:
Dawn's breezes
Are not those of yesterday
- Fujiwara no Suemichi, Shin-Kokin-shū Book #4

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Flowering waves


Nami no Hana

'Nami' = wave; 'hana' = flower.


kusa mo ki mo iro kaware domo watatū umi no nami no hana ni zo nami no


Though both trees and thickets have lost their hues,
No autumn comes to the ocean and its forever flowering waves
- Funya no Yasuhide (?-885), Kokin-shū #250