Flood, flooding (koozui)

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Flood, flooding (koozui)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Mid-autumn and see below
***** Category: Earth


Since floods mostly happen in autumn with the typhoons, the main kigo is for mid-autumn. For spring, you have to add the word "SPRING".

flood, koozui 洪水(こうずい)
"inquiry after the water situation" 水見舞(みずみまい)
mimai is a word also used for visit in a hospital or a seasonal greating.

autumn floods, aki demizu 秋出水 (あきでみず)


kigo for mid-spring

spring floods, haru demizu 春出水 (はるでみず)

flood in spring, haru no koozui 春の洪水(はるのこうずい)


Floods in Asia are often related to the
Monsoon ..(India, South Asia)

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Worldwide use


In my country (Ghana) the floods start in July.

Fredua-Agyeman Nana

GHANA Saijiki



kigo for the long and short rainy season

KENYA Saijiki



Floods come during the onset of the rainy season in July until October.

Haiku see below.



Trinidad and Tobago

There is acute flooding during the August September months during the Wet Season, these are the months when there are likely Tropical Atlantic storms also.
source : Gillena Cox



Floods caused by monsoon rain/-time; july-august.

I just came back from Du'an - a green valley in Hadhramaut with flood water irrigation. Du'an is not only the name of the most famous river in Hadhramaut - also for a group of villages. I visited Chourejba for one week.

flood water -
Duan's palm grove
a paddy

Heike Gewi, Yemen

The Wadis of Hadhramaut

Legend maintains that Hadramaut`s history begins with the Flood
and that once upon the time, the area was inhabited by giants. Today, the area, together with the south coast and Aden, constitutes one of the great and extraordinary regions of Yemen. It covers an extensive area of varied landscape, from the coastlands of the Indian Ocean, through a complex series of valleys, to the southern edge of the Rub AlKhali desert. It includes a massive and magnificent wadi system, probably one of the largest in the Arabian Peninsula, which runs for about 160 km west to east with numerous tributary valleys, such as Wadi Doan, Amd, AlAin, Sark, Bin Ali, and Idm, and an easterly extension into the less fertile Wadi Masila.

Due to elaborate irrigation systems, the land is covered with green vegetation, groves and trees. Irrigation both by control of the twice yearly seasonal floods and, especially, from wells, is carefully managed. Vast areas of date-palm trees grow alongside wheat, vegetables, dates and tobacco. The Hadhramis live in densely built towns along the traditional watering stations of the wadis. Here they harvest crops of wheat, millet, tend dates and coconut groves, and grow some coffee.

The Hadhrami architectural history represents a dialogue between cultures both within and outside. Yemen`s diverse built environment has remained vibrant in the face of recent transitions. But as Yemen and with it Hadhramaut is further incorporated into regional and global economic patterns, many of its traditional occupations, materials and architectural forms are being abandoned.

If you travel to Hadhramaut you should visit the two cities of Shibam and Seyun, cities of melodious talk, breathtaking poetry, and unique architectural masterpieces. It is here, that the Hadhrami poet and song writer Hussein AboBakr AlMehdar wrote

Say hello or wave it by hand
Oh, princess of my heart
Take me slave and hold me in your possession
As you passed by on the festival day
You dazzled the whole procession
He who saw your beauty praised God for his make.
Had your eye seen what mine saw of her beauty

Read more HERE
source :  www.buzzle.com

YEMEN Saijiki

Things found on the way

Flooding worldwide in August 2010

Asia flooding : Pakistan, China, Korea
Rescuers searched Monday for an estimated 1,300 people left missing after rubble-strewn floodwaters tore through a remote corner of northwestern China, ...
In neighboring Pakistan, an estimated 4 million people faced food shortages amid their country's worst-ever flooding, while rescuers in Indian-controlled Kashmir raced to find 500 people still missing in flash floods that have killed 132. North Korea's state media said high waters destroyed thousands of homes and damaged crops.

Leh, Ladakh flash floods: Over 150 dead, 200 still missing
Due to the landslides, the Manali-Leh road is blocked at Patsio, Serchu and Pang. The Srinagar-Leh road is blocked at Kargil, Boodh Kharbu and Nimu.
For the survivors, the nightmare is only just beginning.
Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/leh-150-dead-400-missing-relief-planes-for-stranded-tourists-42820?cp

Flood situation turns critical in Germany, central Europe
Flooding brought on by strong rainfall in central Europe and a burst dam in Poland have caused widespread damage and the deaths of at least ten people in the area near the borders of Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
In the border town of Goerlitz, where almost 1,500 people had to be evacuated, water levels reached a record of 7.07 meters before falling back slightly on Sunday evening.
The eastern German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg are now bracing for the arrival of flood waters.

Flooding in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 13 million — more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said Monday.
The comparison helps frame the scale of the crisis, which the prime minister said Monday was the worst in Pakistan's history. It has overwhelmed the government, generating widespread anger from flood victims who have complained that aid is not reaching them quickly enough or at all.
One affected resident, Manzoor Ahmed, said Monday that although he managed to escape floods that submerged villages and destroyed homes in Sindh, the total lack of government help meant dying may have been a better alternative.

brown waters
the reaching hands
of thousands

Dawn Bruce, Australia


koozui wa kozo no kyoo nari sayo-ginuta

a year ago today
the flood -- pounding cloth
in the night

Tr. Chris Drake

This hokku is from the 28th of the 7th month (Sept. 13) of 1803.
A year earlier there was terrible flooding in many parts of Japan, and in greater Edo the low-lying area east of the Sumida River where Issa was staying was badly inundated, although the place where Issa was staying was not washed away. There was flooding throughout the 7th month in 1802, so 7/28 may be the memorial date of the worst part of a terrible series of floods. Perhaps there has been a requiem service held on this day at one or more temples in the area that weren't washed away.

On the night of the memorial day Issa hears one or several people in the area -- probably women -- using a round mallet to full or pound clothes washed and stretched on a wooden roller in order to soften the cloth. It is a hard, wet, smacking sound, and it carries in the autumn night, when darkness comes earlier and the work of beating cloth continues after nightfall. The sound has connotations of loneliness, sadness, and hard work, and tonight it also probably suggests that the people pounding piece after piece of cloth may be saying prayers for loved ones they lost in the flood a year earlier. Even with the losses they must have suffered they must go on and on, like the beat of their mallets.

In 1802, at the time of the big floods, Issa wrote several hokku about the floods, including this one:

tasuke-bune ni oya-ko ochioute hoshi-mukae

parents, children
reunited in a rescue boat
pray for star lovers

People in a family have been separated by the flood but are at last able to get together again in a rescue boat. It is 7/7, and tonight will be the Tanabata Festival in which the Weaving Woman star and the Oxherd star cross the Milky Way and meet for one night -- the only night they are able to meet each year. If it rains or is cloudy on this night, however, the lovers won't be able to meet, and it looks as if tonight there will only be more rain to add to the floodwaters, so in spite of their travails the members of the reunited family worry about the loneliness of the stars. During their short separation the family members suffered, and they -- especially the children? -- try to imagine the even greater suffering of the star lovers who've been waiting a year but must probably wait another. The family's prayers for clear skies by the time night comes don't look as though they have much chance of being answered.

Chris Drake

. WKD : Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .


rushes down the road -
a red slipper floats

floodwater rustles
as the cars cut through -
the air smells fishy

rush hour -
pedestrians soaking wet
from the heavy rain

Ao-Suzume, Manila, July 2008
Kigo Hotline

Amihan and Habagat Monsoon Philippines


Related words

***** .. .. .. .. Rain in various KIGO (Japan)

***** Rainy Season (tsuyu) Japan

***** . Flood Prevention Parade 水防出初式
suiboo dezomeshiki
July 6 in Edo



Anonymous said...

oomizu no hyaku nenki nari hototogisu

on the great flood's
100th anniversary...

Kobayashi Issa
(Tr. David Lanoue)

Gabi Greve said...

Kobayashi Issa

kôzui ni un no tsuyosa yo tobu inago

in the flood
its karma is strong...
flying locust

The locust's karma seems "strong" (tsuyosa) in the positive sense, meaning that it will survive the flood, flying over it. Other creatures and perhaps even people, Issa implies, won't be so lucky.
David Lanoue

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