Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Maple Viewing Fest & haiku we shared

by aleks
(Click on the pics to see them larger)

You really ought to bring your butt to the Japanese Garden and see it for yourself! Right now! We have about 100+ maples located in SJG and they are presently all outperforming themselves: crimson, yellow, orange and all the shades in between. The Garden's  PTB decided that it's OK to keep the names of the maples in the public view for a while, when they turn colors (very un-Japanese to label anything, if you ask experts), so you can actually find out which one is Yatsubusa (Japanese Dwarf Leaf Maple), Shishigashira (Lion's Mane Maple), red-leafed Omato, delicate-colored  Japanese Full Moon Maple or deeply incised Koto Noito maple.  Happy hunting for them!


SJG • 10/16/11, photo by Tony

 Kobayashi Issa 1808
.秋風に御任せ申す浮藻哉
aki kaze ni o-makase mô[su] ukimo kana

trusting its fate
to the autumn wind...
duckweed

Translation by David Lanoue http://haikuguy.com/issa/

SJG • 10/16/11, photo by Tony
Kobayashi Issa  1819
.名月や五十七年旅の秋

meigetsu ya go jû nana nen tabi no aki

harvest moon-

fifty seven years
of traveling autumns

Translation by David Lanoue http://haikuguy.com/issa/

SJG • 10/16/11, photo by Tony
Kobayashi Issa  1814
.世の中や祈らぬ野分きっと吹

yo [no] naka ya inoranu nowaki kitto fuku

in this world

unprayed-for autumn gales

surely blow

Translation by David Lanoue http://haikuguy.com/issa/

SJG • 10/16/11, photo by Tony
 Kobayashi Issa   1811
.なかなかに人と生れて秋の暮
naka-naka ni hito to umarete aki no kure

quite remarkable
being born human...

autumn dusk

Translation by David Lanoue http://haikuguy.com/issa/

SJG • 10/16/11, photo by Tony
Kobayashi Issa  1807
地蔵さへとしよるやうに木の葉哉
jizô sae toshiyoru yô ni ko[no]ha kana

even holy Jizo

is looking older...
fallen leaves

Jizô is the beloved guardian deity of children.
Translation by David Lanoue http://haikuguy.com/issa/

4 comments:

  1. Great photos! Thanks for sharing Tony's skill. Also wonderful poetry. Thanks for providing the encouragement to get to the garden soon!

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  2. My favorite time of year in the Garden

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  3. Photos are lovely, but you're right, so much more spectacular in person. The leaves glow in the autumn light-such a treat.

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  4. hi Lynnda, rpacht and Malo - thank you, being there is truly a treat; i spent several hours there today photographing just the labeled maples. no art photography, but i thought it would be nice to document them for those who can't come. warning: it may mean that i'll start a maple blog...

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