Bonito Conversation ~ for Carpe Diem Early Summer Kigo #214, Hatsugatsuo (first bonito)
the conversation turns
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:
I circle the day
on my calendar
the color of the sea
full of fishing lines
my aunt teaches me notes
on the piano
I search for the photo
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