9/25/2006

Smell and Fragrance

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Smell and Fragrance in Haiku

***** Location: Japan, worldwide
***** Season: Various, see below
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

The five senses, one of them : SMELL !

The simple use of the words SMELL or FRAGRANCE or AROMA
shows them as a TOPIC, not kigo for haiku.

ka, kaori 香り
smell, fragrance, aroma

smell, nioi 匂い

bad smell, kusai 臭い くさい


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MORE FRAGRANCE hokku by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


Now
let us examine some fragrant kigo and haiku!


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Kigo for Spring

fragrant bird, nioidori 匂鳥 においどり


fragrance of the plum blossoms, ume ga ka 梅が香

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Kigo for Summer

. fragrance bag 匂い袋 nioibukuro  
kakekoo 掛香 かけこう "hanging fragrance"
tagasode 誰袖(たがそで) fragrance to put in the sleeves (of a kimono)
kunoekoo, ku no e koo 薫衣香 (くのえこう) fragrance for summer robes
..... kunuekoo くぬえこう
..... kune koo 薫衣香(くんえこう)
..... hyakubo koo 百歩香(ひゃっぽこう)"100 steps incense"
kokuhoo (kuroboo) 黒方(こくほう) "black incense"



mildew smell, scent of mildew, kabi no ka 黴の香 のかかび


mosquito coil, katori senkoo 蚊取線香 かとりせんこう
a kind of incense coils everywhere used in Japan. Lately we even have battery-driven ones.

. katori koosui 蚊取香水(かとりこうすい)
perfume to ward off mosquitoes
 



perfume, koosui 香水 こうすい
..... oodikoron オーデコロン eau-de-Cologne, cologne
Kölnischwasser


rank weeds, kusa ikire 草熱れ, 草いきれ, くさいきれ
Late summer.
Refers to the oppressive smell steaming from the leaves in the summer heat.


. sachet, fragrance bag 匂い袋 nioibukuro  


sweetfish, "fragrant fish" koogyo 香魚 こうぎょ
a kind of trout, Plecoglossus altivelia


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Kigo for Autumn

fragrance of rice plants, ine no ka 稲の香, いねのか


scarecrow, kakashi 案山子 かかし
The word kakashi was once pronounced kagashi -- something foul-smelling -- and referred to burnt hides or rotten fish heads, the odor of which was counted upon to keep pests away.
University of Virginia Saijiki


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Worldwide use


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Things found on the way


Quote

Gary Snyder offers some insight in critiquing the assumptions of earlier nature writers:

There is an older sort of nature writing that might be seen as largely essays and writing from a human perspective, middle-class, middlebrow Euro-American. It has a rhetoric of beauty, harmony, and sublimity. . . Natural history writing [is] semi-scientific, objective, in the descriptive mode.
Both these sorts are "naively realistic" in that they unquestioningly accept the front-mounted bifocal human eye, the poor human sense of smell, and other characteristics of our species, plus the assumption that the mind can, without much self-examination, directly and objectively "know" whatever it looks at.

Kigo Versus Seasonal Reference in Haiku
by Richard Gilbert


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Negoro Temple 根香寺
The Temple of the Fragrant Root

... The fragrance of this statue was so strong that it welled down with the river, Kagawa 香川, which later gave name to the whole province of Kagawa.

Read the full story
by Gabi Greve  


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HAIKU


risshun ya tanuki no koi no nioi kana

.. .. .. .. .. First Spring Day !
.. .. .. .. .. the smell of badger's love
.. .. .. .. .. in the fields

Fruehlingsbeginn !
der Geruch von liebestollen Dachsen
in den Feldern

Gabi Greve
Read a little explanation here !

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- - - - - Yosa Buson - - - - -




かけ香や幕湯の君に風さはる
kakekoo ya maku-yu no kimi ni kaze sawaru

hanging fragrance bag -
the lady behind the hot spring curtain
is touched by the breeze




春の夕(ゆふべ)絶えなむとする香(かう)をつぐ
haru no yuube taenamu to suru koo o tsugu

spring evening -
as the incense has almost burned down
they add some more

Tr. Gabi Greve

This is a scene from the Imperial Hall at the Heian court, 清涼殿 Seiyro-Den, where the ladies spend a soft evening.

. Buson and his Imperial Court poems .




伽羅くさき人の仮寝や朧月
kyarakusaki hito no karine ya oborozuki

fragrance of kyara incense
while he takes a nap -
hazy spring moon

Tr. Gabi Greve



等閑に香かく春の夕かな
naozari ni koo taku haru no yuube kana

casually
I burn some incense
in this spring night . . .

Tr. Gabi Greve

The cut marker KANA is at the end of line 3.



. Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 in Edo .


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Smell of soap and starch
white sheets
in the morning breeze.


Lanie Shanzyra P. Rebancos, Philippines
http://www.szirine.com/countrytemplate.php?id=89

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仏間まで岩海苔匂ふ能登雑煮
butsuma made iwanori niū noto zōni

even into the prayer room
the seaweed smell wafts
from the Noto-style zooni soup

杉山郁夫 Sugiyama Ikuo

The hokuriku region in northern Japan is known for its devoutly religious character. Many houses have magnificent prayer rooms. The zōni soup recipe with fragrant seaweed is also something characteristic of the noto region. The smell pervades even the prayer room, bringing in the celebratory New Year's mood. This poem is heavily spiced with regionalism.
University of Virginia Saijiki

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手花火の消えたる闇の匂ひかな
tehanabi no kietaru yami no nioi kana

sparks from fireworks
disappear in my hand—
oh the scent of darkness


斎藤蘆穗 Saitoo Roho

University of Virginia Saijiki

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梅が香にのつと日の出る山路かな
ume ga ka ni notsuto hi no deru yamaji kana

fragrance of plums in the air --
in the distance on the mountain path
the morning sun


芭蕉 Basho

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梅が香やどなたが来ても欠茶碗
ume ga ka ya donata ga kitemo kakejawan

Oh the alluring scent of plum tree—
And yet was there to be any visitor, [I have] only
a broken tea cup.

一茶 Issa
University of Virginia Saijiki

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ふるさとはよし夕月と鮎の香と
furusato wa yoshi yuuzuki to ayu no ka to

my hometown's
just fine -- the evening moon
the fragrance of sweetfish

桂信子Katsura Nobuko

When sweetfish is grilled it gives off a pleasant aroma. The poet returns to her hometown, near the Nagara River (長良川), and takes comfort in the abundance of cooked sweetfish. The evening moon is fine. The smell of the fish is fine, too. Both have strong associations with the longing for home and the pleasures of being there again.
University of Virginia Saijiki

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湿り香の大陽を置き春田鋤く
shimeri ka no taiyoo o oki haruta suku

ignoring the sun's
damp aroma -- I spade
the spring paddy


佐藤鬼房 Satoo Onifusa (Sato Onifusa)
University of Virginia Saijiki

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桃青忌夜は人の香のうすれけり
toosei-ki yo wa hito no ka no usurekeri

Peach Green Anniversary
at night people's scent
has grown faint


飯田蛇笏 Iida Dakotsu

University of Virginia Saijiki

WKD : Basho Memorial Day

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sake kusaki tasogare goro ya kiku no hana

the smell of sake
around about dusk...
chrysanthemum

Issa  

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Jizoo Bon arashi no ato no kusa no koo ni

Jizo Bon Festival -
the smell of weeds
after the storm


Oono Rinka
More about the Jizo Bon Festival 


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Some haiku by Gabi Greve

Chandrika soap -
the smell of India
in my Japanese bath

http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2006/09/chandrika-soap.html



焼きたての パンの匂いや! 梅雨晴れ間
yakitate no pan no nioi ya tsuyu harema



the smell of
freshly baked bread -
a break in the rainy season

http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2006/06/fresh-bread.html



hot waterfall -
the smell of foul eggs
all the way home

More is here !  



ame no oto ame no nioi no gokan kana

sound of rain
smell of rain -
the five senses




closing my eyes -
so much spring to
smell and hear




Kannon Lily -
the smell of Buddha
everywhere

http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2004/10/kannon-lily.html



I will spare you the smell that goes with this haiku ...

shoveling horse manure
to the summer fields -
Horseheaded Kannon
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2005/05/horseheaded-kannon.html



My cat is talking now:

quince in full bloom -
I just love the smellof that
Siamese tomcat
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2005/04/cats-in-paradise.html



natsu booshi / naki chichi no ko / ima mo nao

summer hat -
the smell of my late father
still lingering


published in Go-Shichi-Go of 18 May 2004, Yomiuri Shinbun
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/784



monsoon shower -
the smell of Bombay
in our hair
Monsoon ..

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sora wa haru tsuchi ni wa tsuchi no nioi kana

spring in the air
earth smelling of
earth again


Fruehling in den Lueften
Erde riecht wieder
nach Erde
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/25


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and you...
a song passing through
fragrance


Shared by Louis Osofsky
Joys of Japan, February 2012


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Related words

***** Incense (India) senkoo (Japan)

including the famous haiku by Basho :

ran no ka ya choo no tsubasa ni takimono su

fragrance of orchids -
clings to the wings of a butterfly
like incense

Tr. Gabi Greve


MORE FRAGRANCE hokku by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...


street fair
smell of patchouli
on the price tag


--Megan Arkenberg
http://tinywords.com/haiku/2007/09/07

anonymous said...

medieval town -
blinding smell
of the white acacia

Valeria Simonova-Cecon
:)

Valeria Simonova-Cecon, Russian residing now in Cividale with her husband, Italian haijin Andrea Cecon