When you think of Yoshino, do you think of snow? cherry blossoms? Learn about the history of Mt. Yoshino through waka poetry

There are countless utamakura in waka poetry, but this one is probably the most important in terms of the number of times it has been written and in terms of history. This is "Yoshino". Today, Mt. Yoshino is known as part of the World Heritage Site ``Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range'', but...

I want to know before cherry blossom viewing! ``How to praise and love cherry blossoms'' that will make you feel like an elegant person

Cherry blossoms almost monopolized the second half of spring (lower spring) in the imperial collection of waka poems, and they became the flower that symbolized Japan. As the blooming approaches, the forecast of a ``cherry blossom front'' will liven up the living room, and when the flowers bloom, they will be proud to be seen not only at schools and tree-lined streets, but also in neighborhood parks and alleys.

When does spring start? Learn about the beginning of spring through waka (Yashiro collection)!

Since ancient times, poets have had a deep interest in the four seasons. This is eloquently demonstrated by the fact that the beginnings of historical imperial collections, including the Kokin Wakashu, begin with ``Harube.'' By the way, when do you think this "spring" season starts? ...

Spring big bird! “Wisteria flowers” stand on the stage in late spring

No matter when you pick the young greens, when the plum blossoms and cherry blossoms fall, it seems like spring is already over. When I think of summer days filled with lush greenery and the sun shining brightly, I feel even more reluctant to leave behind this gentle season. A flower that makes you feel the last spring in such a gloomy time...

Switch of reminiscence ~Nostalgia induced by Hanatachibana~

Have you ever experienced an unexpected stimulus that suddenly brought back memories from your past? 406 ``Amanohara, if you look at the furisake, it will be Kasuga.Maybe the moon will appear in the mountains of Mikasa.'' (Nakamaro Abe) Abe Nakamaro looked up at the ``moon'' and dreamed of his hometown far away...

Early summer purple haze ~The secret of “iris” and “purple grass”~

Spring of waka. The fresh contrast between the remaining snow and young leaves. A glossy light red color that colors the trees. Bright colors that will make your heart dance color the season. Also summer. The first season is colored purple, which resembles wisteria and iris. But what is this "purple"...

The moon is autumn, isn't it? The beauty of the moon changes with each season.

When it comes to moon viewing, autumn is the best, and above all, the Harvest Moon is the best! I think there are many Japanese people who think so. It is true that on this day (mid-autumn), the media, including television, all talk about moon viewing. However, of course, the moon is empty all year round...

Strolling around the cherry blossoms in Kita-Kamakura ~Looking for Sanetomo~

This time, we will jump out of the website and tell you about our walk around Kita-Kamakura. The main purpose, of course, is the cherry blossoms, which are in full bloom. The next step is to visit a place associated with Minamoto no Sanetomo, the third shogun of Kamakura and a poet. *Walk date: April 6, 2016 Engakuji Temple JR Kita-Kamakura Station...

Learn about cherry blossoms and the Japanese spirit through waka poetry

From the Manyo era to the present, cherry blossoms have been loved by the Japanese as a special flower. →Related article: "When did cherry blossoms become the flower of Japan?" However, the way they are loved differs depending on the era. Nowadays, flowers are used for parties under flowers and for graduations, entrance ceremonies, etc.

The relationship between plum and nightingale

Plum is the flower that colors the new year. And speaking of plums...that's right, it's the Japanese nightingale. Many people are familiar with the combination of plum and nightingale, as can be seen on the Hanafuda cards. →Related article “Points for viewing plum blossoms” →Related article “Willows in November!? ...

The beginning of Japanese beauty! I saw Ki Tsurayuki's seriousness in the song for the first spring of the year.

It is the first poem at the beginning of the Kokin Wakashu and the first poem in the ``Harujo'' section. 1 ``Spring will come before the end of the year. Let's do what we did last year, and what we will do this year.'' (Motokata Ariwara) The first day of spring has arrived within the year. This is a song about whether we should call this year last year or this year. This is old...

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