Half Year Pause ~ for Carpe Diem Late Summer Kigo #231, Nagoshi (half year’s end festival)

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I pause at half year

before an eight-eight sins shrine

mother, father


Digital Drawing and Painting

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  • Zen Brush App
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  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

88 shrines were created on Kauai (one of the islands of Hawai’i) by Buddhist monks. It is a place of forgiveness, as well as addressing other issues of the spirit, and in that sense purification, which as I understand it, is part of the Nagoshi (half year’s end festival).  I have not been able to visit this place yet, although I  have been to the gates (as I understand it you have to have permission to pass through private property to reach the shrines—or this was the case as of the last time I was there two years ago). I have however seen one of the shrines which was on display in a museum on Kauai while the area of the 88 shrines was being cleaned. 

My response to prompt #231, Nagoshi (half year’s end festival) for the Carpe Diem June 2013 prompts, which are centered around traditional “kigo” or “season words” for summer.  Nagoshi (half year’s end festival) is a late summer kigo.

June on Carpe Diem has been divided into three different seasons of traditional summer kigo: Early Summer, Mid Summer and Late Summer. 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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