The most roses in the rose garden are past the peak and are pruned one after another. This is to make the second roses bloom about at the end of the rainy season. Roses are no exception to the changing seasons when everything goes one to two weeks earlier. The beauty of roses, which were too many to be seen at the time of their peak, but which became few as pruning progressed, is even more striking. Words alone cannot convey the beauty of this rose with a pale cream gradation. It is even more impossible with the 5, 7, 5 haiku. How would Basho express it? It is Photo haiku that was created from such circumstances. Take a photo with your smartphone and add a haiku. It is a means of expression that is in line with the new era.
The last few days have been a series of blue sky that makes us forget the rainy season. The mountain stream, which was muddy stream about a week ago, is now like a lie. Yamaajisai(the mountain hydrangea), which has begun to bloom, and the leaves of Fuki(butterbur) that stick out on the road are swaying in the cool breeze in response to the sunlight through the forest. The green of the moss clinging to the rock is even more vivid. Occasionally, Iwatsubame(the house martin) flys through out at a tremendous speed with a sharp voice “chi chi”. Along the path, I came across Tokiwatsuyukusa( Wandering jew) with white-leaf spiderwort, which is many times larger than a normal Tsuyukusa. Tokiwatsuyukusa is an exotic species that was introduced as a horticultural species, but it has a strong vitality and is now widely found in the maountains and the fields. I finally arrived at the Sasayuri colony I was looking for. Sasayuri, like Otomeyuri, is a representative lily native to Japan, and its beauty is now widely known not only in Japan but also in the world.
After all there was Kappa-kun. If you follow the nearby mountain path in search of the Himeyuri that blooms during the rainy season, you will come across a small pond. There is a kappa dropping his fishing line on the pond all day. Whether he is catching or not, the appearance of looking into the pond is a quite angler. According to Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Kappa is a “special protection resident” and “he is laughing at what we humans are seriously thinking, and at the same time he is seriously thinking about what we humans are laughing at”. The kappa loses energy when the plate on his head dries. Perhaps because of that, the “special protection resident” in this pond wears a straw hat all year round. While doing so, it began to rain. I wanted to make sure that Kappa takes off his straw hat, but it was getting colder, so I hurried down the mountain.
Kyoto Takigi Noh, which is held on June 1st every year at Heian Jingu, Kyoto, which is a feature of early summer, has been canceled this year as well. The Noh stage with the Daigokuden(Council Hall in the Imperial Palace) of Heian Jingu in the background emerges in the dark night, and the fantastic atmosphere surrounds the area. They invite us to such a mysterious world that transcends time and space. Speaking of June 1st, the rainy season is a concern. Normally, this day was still before the rainy season, and I prayed that it wouldn’t rain, but even if it did, the venue was moved and the event has been held continuously since 1950 (Showa 25). Today is a perfect day for the event, but it was canceled following last year. What is the significance of the forced holding of only the problematic Olympics?
The weather is like a lie in the rainy season. May is over today, and it’s June from tomorrow. The rainy season is yet to come every year, and it should be the best early summer season of the year like today, so it is natural. They say that autumn is the best sunset, or midsummer is the best, but the setting sun in the rainy season, when the dust and dirt in the atmosphere are washed away by the rainy season, is also exceptional. Everyone recognizes the beauty of the setting sun, from east to west, from ancient times to today. The “three major sunsets in the world” are the sunsets in Kushiro, Bali, and Manila Bay, but no, some say that the sunset seen from Santorini in the Aegean Sea is the most beautiful in the world, while others say that the setting sun in the bright red Gobi Desert robbed their souls. If you travel the world, the sunset in each land is the best for that person. The sunset in the photo is the sunset over Nishi Izu, which is also the best in the world.
Teppoh-yuri(Easter lilies) are in full bloom on the bank near the rice fields. It’s clearly a loudspeaker, not a teppoh(gun). The “Umbrella of Cheribourg” heard from the receiver of the smartphone that I heard must be flowing from this Teppoh-yuri. Teppoh-yuri are swinging all at once, hit by the rain of the rainy season. I was swinging my umbrella in time with Teppoh-yuri. The origin of Teppoh-yuri is from the Nansei Islands including Okinawa to southern Kyushu. Teppoh-yuri, which is now loved by people all over the world as an indispensable flower for Easter, was originally called Ryukyu lily. And before I knew it, it came to be called Teppoh-yuri. When I was investigating why Ryukyu changed to Teppo, I came across such an essay by Hideo Ishikawa, an ophthalmologist in Okinawa.
Kurinso (Japanese primrose) sways in the shade of a roaring rock every time it is dashed to a waterfall splash. Kurinso grows in relatively moist areas in the mountainous areas of Hokkaido, Honshu, and Shikoku, and sometimes grows in murmuring and valley wetlands. The flower has a circular shape centered on the flower stalk, and its name comes from the fact that it resembles the “Kurin(nine wheels)” at the tip of Goju-no-Toh(the five-storied pagoda). Flower colors are red, pink, and white. Scottish botanical collector Robert Fortune introduced Kurinso as “the most beautiful flower in Japan”, which has attracted attention. The Senju-ga-hama in Oku-Nikko Lake Chuzenji is famous for its colony, and many people visit during this period. In addition, the Chigusa Marsh on Mt. Hyono in Hyogo Prefecture is full of natural Kurinso, which is the largest in Japan and has 400,000 stocks, extending 15ha.
On the way back around Hagi, I passed through the gentle mountains and took the road in early summer where the idyllic rural scenery spreads, and I reached Tsuwano, which is called Little Kyoto in the Sanin region. It is a beautiful hidden town in the calm mountains of western Shimane prefecture. Tonomachi-dori, in the center of the town, is a very attractive place that retains the old appearance of the castle town era. White walls and green trees are reflected in the canal that flows along the street, and countless carps of various sizes swim in groups, and white and purple iris flowers are in full bloom. The old castle town that produced the literary master Ogai Mori, the philosopher Amane Nishi, and the painter Mitsumasa Anno can be seen as having a calm life like a time slip.
The Shinshu season is one month late in spring and one month early in autumn. If you go down Shinshu from Itoigawa in Niigata prefecture to the south on Route 48, you can enjoy the scenery from early spring to late spring, from the place where spring has just opened to the place where spring is in full swing. If you go down Azumino while looking nostalgic at Mt. Shirouma, the cherry blossoms in the surrounding area are already out of blooming, and Fukujuso and Zazenso are blooming here and there. The mountains of the Alps with a lot of snow are clearly reflected in the rice fields that have just been filled with water and are waiting for rice planting. When I go around Shinshu, which has many memories, I feel that blood surge oozes from the corners of my body.
In one corner of the flower shop, flowers with blue-purple florets studded all over the plant are lined up. The center of the flower is yellow, and the contrast between bluish purple and yellow is attractive. It is a cute flower that is compact and round. Looking at the name tag, it says Exacam Affine, and in parentheses it says Benihime Rindoh. I was curious about the name Benihime Ridoh. I can understand the Rindoh. I don’t know the meaning of Benihime, but it probably means “cute”. I went home and looked it up. The origin of Exacam is Socotra Island called “Galapagos in the Indian Ocean”, and since it was separated from the continent millions of years ago, the flora and fauna have undergone unique evolution, and the Affine species is said to be one of them. After that, due to breeding, there are dwarf varieties with short plant height, double-flowered varieties, variegated leaf varieties, etc., which are distributed as pots. The original species is a relatively short-lived annual, but if heated, it will continue to bloom in winter. It has a strong fragrance and a good scent, and if you leave it in the room, the room will be filled with the scent.