A Long Rainy Season

Looking at Women in Japanese Poetry & Short Stories

5.03.2006

Getting allergies just reading this?

So, you may be wondering...why so many flowers?!

I'm sure most of you are all familiar with the term "season word" (kigo) and what importance these words have in haiku, "...the haiku was used to distill the universe through the juxtaposition of dissimilar elements while creating unity through the use of a seasonal word. As seasons are tied to the life cycle, seasonal references give the poem vitality and rhythm."

And why so many cherry blossoms? Did you know that cherry blossoms are such a prominent theme in Japanese poetry that just mentioning "blossoms" in a poem instantly leads the reader to think of cherry blossoms?

Cherry blossoms are definitely a big deal in Japan....

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