in the cold rain
mixed with snow
pink pallid sun
and my light tricks at dawn
in the cold-spring rain
raindrops caught in the flash
[or fairies play in the tree]
N.B. I would like to remind everyone that on the 1st of February will begin my birthday month of haiga if you wish to participate with me I will put up a Mr. Linky app for the occasion and an inspiration prompt which can be used or ignored.
Did you know that in Japan Spring (called: Harusamu) begins on the 4th of February (called Nigatsu). Here’s what Chèvrefeuille has to tell us in this interesting episode (which you can go to following the link above):
It’s [Harumsau] a very nice classical kigo. In classical Japan it is believed that spring starts on about February 4th, which is said to be the first day of spring. Even if the Japanese hear only the sound of the word haru (spring), they become happy and have great expectations for the coming days, though the temperature of this month is still low and it remains the coldness of winter.
The Japanese feel excited to hear the word harusamu (cold spring), even if it is cold. But the word yokan (the lingering cold of early spring) emphasizes the coldness of winter which is lingering on. As the snow begins to melt and the ice is getting thinner and thinner, the workings of animals and plants become active.