Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pond

Last year, I visited the Fuji Five Lakes. Between those lakes are villages turning to be tourist attractions as well. One of them is Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海). I haven't heard about it until a friend invited to join the bus tour.

pond

i paint crystal dreams
shattered by a selfish wish
a beggar's last coin 

/totomai 

The village is quite a throwback to previous Japanese eras. There were eight ponds but I am not sure if I found them all during my visit. I read some related literature about the place and found the story very interesting. Allow me to quote some part of it. 
Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage Site Asset (registered in June 2013) revered as the "spring of the gods" since long ago, many legends have been told about this site. There are eight springs at Oshino Hakkai Springs. At one time, what we now know as Oshino-mura used to be a lake. Mt. Fuji erupted many times, gradually filling the space between Fujisusono and Mt. Misaka. This abraded and drained the area so that, over long period of time, the lake finally dried up. However, some springs that received water from Mt. Fuji's underground water reservoir remained. Oshino Hakkai is one of the representatives of those springs. more here 
The haiku I wrote above is inspired by Matsuo Basho's famous pond haiku (translated by Robert Aiken). I haven't completed reading all of his haiku in Basho : The Complete Haiku but he is definitely inspires me to fine tune my style in writing one. I will have to avoid the abstract terms though.

                                          Furu ike ya                                        Old pond! 
kawazu tobikomu                              frog jumps in 
mizu no oto                                        water’s sound 

/totomai 
2016/07/17

Photo taken with 
      Nikon D7000 lens used : 
      Nikkor 10.5 mm 

44 comments:

  1. Oh my God this is absolutely breathtaking! :D

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    1. All of us can hear it, I guess. Thanks!

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  3. And you do indeed paint crystal dreams - with words and art :)

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  4. The final line of the haiku, carries a strong message.

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  5. Stunning photography and impressive haiku as usual Totomai. It is always a pleasure to visit.

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  6. I really love that haiku, stunning contrast between the selfishness and the beggar's sacrifice... Great picture too.

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    1. Thanks Bjorn. The world is full of contrast :)

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  7. I love the picture and the story behind it, even more after you shared your bit on Basho and how you relate to his style. It's always wonderful to see where ideas come from, and better yet, to see where they want to go.

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    1. Thanks Magaly. Basho is making me focused on writing haiku, will try to avoid free verse ones for the meantime :)

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  8. Really a beautiful photo, Totomai! And a fine haiku accompaniment. I like the idea of crystal dreams -- fragile, but beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Mary. Some dreams are realized when they are broken already

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  9. The photo is stunning and your haiku speaks volumes.

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  10. What a fascinating place, Totomai, steeped in history. You write beautiful haiku.

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    1. Maybe I'll go back there this winter. Maybe. Thanks Sherry.

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  11. What an intriguing Haiku! Perhaps I am begging with my last coin, to make our dreams a reality. I love your photography!

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    1. Much appreciated, Susan. We always hold on to our last coin :)

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  12. What an amazing story about the ponds and your equally amazing picture and haiku...really a feast for my eyes and soul!

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  13. Great haiku, I had to think twice to get it; how true your middle line "shattered by a selfish wish". Fantastic image too

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  14. I luv your haiku, Japan is a place I would like to visit. And thanks for all the flowers at Poetry Pantry this week

    Much love...

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    1. You should visit Japan, Gillena :)

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  15. stunning photography, and a good haiku!
    i was wondering, is there a story to "a beggar's last coin". :)

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    1. Thanks dsnake. Everyday, that's their story :)

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  16. Lovely post. I love that you explore the beauty of the world, then photograph and write about it. Your hairy is lovely too.

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    1. My pleasure of sharing the parts of the world I've been too Myrna. Thanks

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  17. Beautiful, all of it! (And what better haiku teacher could one have than Basho?)

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    1. He is a great teacher. Thanks Rosemary

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