augurs new year good fortune
green plants grow in the winter
under snow banks
spruce and pines glow green
even in the hardest times
*yuzuriha (譲葉 Daphniphyllum macropodum) daphniphyllum: This type of laurel has large lanciform leaves of glossy bronze, and is associated with a deep mountain habitat (see shinzan 深山 “deep mountains”). Yuzuru (譲る) means “to resign in favor of another” or “to transfer or hand over to another”, and ha (葉) a leaf or leaves. Daphniphyllum is common in gardens throughout Japan as a tree of good omen because the leaves do not fall until their replacements are growing strongly behind them, hence they are symbolic of the hope of fathers that they will not pass away until their sons are mature and able to succeed them. On New Year’s Day, leaves of the yuzuriha are mingled with ferns and added to shimenawa** (標縄; rice straw ropes) that are suspended before every house.
The above piece came from a site entitled: Japanese Gardens Online.
Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for the last of the series dedicated to the “Fifth Season” , New Year. Below you can read Cèvrefeuille’s haiku dedicated to the subject yuzuriha.
together with my kids and grandkids
picking the flowers
celebrating New Year
an Ikebana piece on the table
adoring it’s beauty