10/26/2006

Stone Buddha Momiji

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野仏に 紅葉の降るる 山暮らし


red maple leaves
falling on the stone Buddha -
my mountain life


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Nobotoke, Stone Buddha Statues in the fields, imbued with prayers for a good harvest, to pacify the Gods of the Elements.
A lot of them represent Jizo Bosatsu.

We find modern versions also at a roadside place where a deadly accident has taken place, to pray for the rest of the souls lost here.

Along the old pilgrims paths of Japan, many of the stone Buddhas mark the graves of unknown pilgrims (muenbotoke 無縁仏) .



World Kigo Database: Autumn leaves (momiji)


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Doosojin, the Wayside Gods



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2 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

Gabi san.
i love Japanese version.
i want to share yamagurashi in this beautiful season.
i couldn't understand "fururu".
how about "momiji furufuru".
see you!

salamander
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Thanks, Salamander san.
furufuru, that is nice too, like a children's song ...
GABI
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. Gabi Greve said...

Each line is strong here, Gabi ... and the mood!

afternoons filled
with fallen oak leaves ...
no sign of rain


Ella Wagemakers
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Thanks so much, Ella san, for your oak leaves !
GABI
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