Bonito Conversation ~ for Carpe Diem Early Summer Kigo #214, Hatsugatsuo (first bonito)

©13 Bonito Conversation 3 sml6x



first bonito

the conversation turns

to story


Digital Drawing and Painting

  • 4.5 x 6.5 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Zen Brush App
  • iPad 2
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

“First Bonito” or Hatsugatsuo is a season word I was not familiar with until reading about it in the prompt on Carpe Diem. Essentially it has to do with the first day this fish shows up in the catch for market. This marks a new season—early summer. In that context the first bonito also becomes a time of ritual and an appreciation for the food of the sea as I understand it. 

In my attempt to appreciate this kigo I explored memories and stories of my own. The following haiku resulted:


first bonito

I circle the day

on my calendar




first bonito

the color of the sea

full of fishing lines




first bonito

my aunt teaches me notes

on the piano




first bonito

I search for the photo

I remember


These haiku have lead me to a reworking of my image above which may show up in future posts.

My response to prompt #214, Hatsugatsuo (first bonito) for the Carpe Diem June 2013 prompts, which are centered around traditional “kigo” or “season words” for summer. 

June on Carpe Diem has been divided into three different seasons of traditional summer kigo: Early Summer, Mid Summer and Late Summer. Hatsugatsuo (first bonito) is an Early Summer kigo. The informative prompt and responses to this prompt can be found on the Carpe Diem Blog.

You are invited to respond to these prompts as well.

Have fun. Explore haiku. Aloha—Rick

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