MOON and related LINKS

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The Moon, O-Tsukisama, Der Mond, La Lune

On this page you find links to the various worldwide kigo and information connected with the moon, in alphabetical order.

Here we also collect haiku about the moon, "Mr. Moon",
o-tsuki sama お月様.

The Moon belongs to the category of "Heaven", naturally.
But some activities around the time of the full moon in Autumn in Japan belong to the categories of Humanity or Observance.

The word MOON without further connotation,
refers to the AUTUMN MOON in Japanese haiku.

a wobbely moon
a wobbely viewer
tonight we get drunk

When I moved out to the countryside, I realized the importance of the moon . . .
Here are no streetlights, no neighbours, no nothing - so at night it is pitch dark.
This is the situation in the world and in Japan before the arrival of Electricity.
Therefore a moonlit night is most welcome, to be up a bit longer, not fear the demons and devils of the dark, sit with friends and compose poetry !

Gabi Greve, 2004


- Matsuo Basho told his disciples:

. . . behold the clouds over the east bank of the Yangzi River
when you are looking at the moon above the Kasai shore.

The "East Bank of the Yangzi River" refers to Huiji, where Li Bo spent time composing poetry.

source : Peipei Qiu: Basho and the Dao

. Chinese background of Japanese kigo .


Snow, Moon and Blossoms, Setsugekka - 雪月花 setsugetsuka
Japanese Art and the Japanese View of Nature
To the Japanese mind, nature is more than just physical scenery.
The Japanese love of the imperfect stems from an acknowledgment of the inherent limitations of human creative powers.

© SETSUGEKKA, by Isamu Kurita, MOA
..... Do not miss to read the full essay .


We have only to say "the moon" when we refer to the autumn moon. We must therefore put such epithets as "spring/vernal", "summer", or "winter" before the moon when we mention the other season's moon.
Takashi Nonin
Read more.


Apogee and Perigee of the Moon

Apogee and perigee refer to the distance from the Earth to the moon. Apogee is the furthest point from the earth. Perigee is the closest point to the earth and it is in this stage that the moon appears larger. Looking at the moon in the sky without anything to compare it to, you wouldn't notice any size difference. But the difference in size can in fact be quite significant.

Effects of Apogee and Perigee
The apogee and perigee of the moon have an effect on the tides here on Earth. When the moon is at apogee, the furthest distance from the Earth, it has less gravitational pull which, along with other factors that influence the tides, can contribute to lower tides or lower variation in the high/low tide level. When the moon is at perigee, closer to the Earth, there is much more gravitational pull which contributes to the opposite effect: higher tides or greater variation in the high and low tide.

source : www.moonconnection.com

snow moon
behind the old tree ...
what a sight !

Gabi Greve, January 10, 2009


. Tsuki Jinja 調神社 "Moon Shrine" .
waiting for the moon on the 12th day of the 12th month
juuninichi machi 十二日まち


Japanese Names for the Lunar Months
Since lunar months and solar years do not coincide, the actual beginning of the each lunar month varied from year to year. Most lunar months have two or three names.
Each lunar month has its full moon on the 15th day.

Find the list here:
WKD . Asian Lunar Calendar System

ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

meigetsu no hoo e korobasu makura kana

I shift my pillow
closer to the
full moon.

Saiba 1858 (Tr. Hoffmann)

By the old Japanese lunar calendar, the full moon was always on the fifteenth of the month; and the eighth month would be our September. Just as a brief aside here, although the Japanese, from a Buddhist standpoint, like the full moon, from an aesthetic standpoint they also like the moons of the thirteenth and the seventeenth as well, because these moons were slightly misshapen from total fullness.

Autumn in Japan by the old lunar calendar consisted of the seventh, eighth, and ninth months (our August, September, and October). The most significant full moon of the lunar year was the full moon of the eight month (September), the Harvest Moon.

Larry Bole
Translating Haiku Forum

As the full moon rises
The swan sings in sleep
On the lake of the mind.

source : Epitaph of Kenneth Rexroth


by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年

meigetsu ya kite miyogashi no hitaigiwa

The full moon
coming with a challenge
to flaunt its beautiful brow

Tr. John Stevenson

Fukami Jikyu
source : www.myjapanesehanga.com

Autumnal Moonlight Viewing
tsukimi 月見

There is an old custom of celebrating the full moon on the fifteenth day of the eighth month on the traditional Japanese calendar. It's a very poetic and elegant practice, with people placing ornaments and offerings next to windows, on verandas, and in other places where one can see the moon. Vases are filled with pampas grass and autumnal herbs, and seasonal foods like dumplings, pears, persimmons, and grapes are placed on dishes.

Autumn consisted of the seventh, eighth, and ninth months of the year on the old Japanese calendar. The full moon in the middle autumnal month, called chushu no meigetsu, was considered particularly beautiful, as the air became crisper and the heat of summer subsided.

The traditional Japanese calendar and the modern one used by countries around the world today are off by about a month. It's not unusual for chushu no meigetsu to be a day or two off from the day of the full moon.

The practice of celebrating the full moon came from China during the Heian period (794-1185). Records show that chushu no meigetsu was marked with poetry and music by court aristocrats as early as 909.

In the Edo period (1603-1868) the practice of enjoying the beautiful rays of the moon spread to warriors and townspeople. Farmers also incorporated viewing the full autumn moon into agricultural rites. For instance, taro roots (sato imo) were prepared as offerings, and moon-viewing doubled as a harvest festival. This became so widespread that the full moon in mid-fall also came to be known as imo meigetsu.

Eating dumplings - made from rice pounded into paste and shaped into spheres like the moon - made people feel like they were sharing a meal with the lunar god.

There used to be a custom forgiving anyone who stole the dumplings and fruits offered during moon-viewing. When the offerings were taken by children, they weren't scolded. Instead, adults said they were glad the gods liked the food so much to partake of them. This tradition is disappearing today, but the offered foods are still a treat for kids when the moon-viewing is over.
© Kidsweb


The Chinese Moon Festival

The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. Now it is celebrated sometime between the second week of September and the first week of October. It's also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival.
The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky. Here are a few pictures of the typical moon cake.

Read more here:
source : chineseculture.about.com

On the night, the moon is believed to appear to be at its biggest, roundest, and brightest. There is a popular Chinese saying that goes like this:
“The moon is especially round and bright in mid autumn.”

The festival is the second most important festival after the Chinese New Year. It is a night of celebration, beginning with a delicious family reunion dinner. When the moon rises high in the sky, people set up tables in their backyards or nearby parks, chatting, sharing life stories, and viewing the moon.

The festival is a millennium-old festival, dating back to 2000 years ago. Different regions or groups of people have different ways to celebrate the festival. Generally speaking, it is mainly a night for family sharing time. During moon viewing, people are constantly moved to share their knowledge about the moon, especially about the moon in Chinese poetry. School-age children or young adults are encouraged to recite moon poems, of which the most famous is Li Po’s “Thoughts in Night Quiet.”
It is believed that this poem is the best known of all Chinese poems, especially among Chinese living overseas.

Seeing moonlight here at my bed,
and thinking it's frost on the ground,

I look up, gaze at the mountain moon,
then back, dreaming of my old home.

- - translated by David Hinton

Li’s poem successfully conveys the nostalgic longing for family through the moon imagery – a symbol of distance and family reunion in the Chinese poetic tradition – portrayed in simple and evocative language. Every time when the Chinese think of their families or hometowns, they recite “Thoughts in Night Quiet.”

Moon Festival
over Taiwan and Toronto
the same moon?

alone in moonlight
no wine, my eyes drink
her in 

in the attic
autumn moonlight pools...
mother's mooncake

Chen-ou Liu
Canada, September 2010

Chinese Moon Cakes 月餅


MOON names in different American traditions
From the Farmer’s Almanach


There are many haiku about the MOON on this Link.


.. .. .. Alphabetical List

. Autumn Moon (aki no tsuki 秋の月)  Japan
The most important autumn kigo in all details.

The word MOON without further connotation,
refers to the AUTUMN MOON in Japanese haiku.

yamasato no kane no ne tooki aki no tsuki

Autumn moon
above a mountain village,
The boom of a temple bell in the distance.

tsuki no yoru sozoro aruki no kawa akari

A stroll on a moon night,
The surface of a river

kyoo no tsuki fu -to tachidomaru tsuukin ro

The harvest moon,
I stop unconsciously
on my way home from office

Great link about autumn haiku and the Sea. With many pictures.
Thanks go to Wada Yoshio.

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Two Death Poems (farewell poems) (jisei 辞世(じせい)
about the moon

fude nagete tsuki ni mono iu bakari nari

I throw my brush away -
from now on I speak only
to the moon

Tr. Gabi Greve


I cast the brush aside -
from here on I'll speak to the moon
face to face.
Tr. Yoel Hoffman

. Reference
Koha (Kooha) 香波, 1897、August 14
. . .Haiga by greenleaf
(the last line, face to face, has no equivalent in the Japanese).

tsuki mo mite ware wa kono yo o kashiku kana

I have even seen the moon -
now I can say good bye
to this world

Kaga no Chiyoni, September 8, 1775


"Beans Full Moon", lesser harvest moon, mame meigetsu 豆名月
"Chestnut Full Moon", kuri meigetsu 栗名月
..... a treat served whilst watching the full moon
kigo for late autumn


kigo for mid-autumn

tsukimi 月見 つきみ moon viewing
..... kangetsu 観月(かんげつ)
tsuki matsuru 月祭る(つきまつる)celebrating the moon
tsuki o matsu 月を待つ(つきをまつ)waiting for the moon
see also "entertaining visitors for moon viewing" above.

tsukimizuki 月見月(つきみづき)
month when we can see the moon

. tsukimi mame 月見豆(つきみまめ)
Edamamebeans when viewing the moon
tsukimizake, 月見酒(つきみざけ)rice wine for moon viewing

. "Sweet Potato Full Moon" imo meigetsu 芋名月
Offering sweet potatoes to the deities


blackberry moon
an american indian (choctaw) name for the october moon

blackberry moon . . .
midnight rain lingers
in a snail's shell

- Shared by Sandi Pray, USA -
Joys of Japan, October 2012


"Blood Moon" and eclipses geshoku 月食

. Blue Moon .
"once in a blue moon"


Bow-string moon, gengetsu 弦月
small quater-moon, crescent moon
kigo for autumn

"Bow-stretched moon", yumiharizuki 弓張月


Christmas Moon Weihnachtsmond

"cold moon", moon in a cold nicht
(kan no tsuki 寒の月)

kigo for winter

cold moon -
shards of light
on frost

Ella Wagenmakers


Dawn moon in autumn (ariakezuki) Japan. 有明月(ありあけづき)
moon in the morning, asazuki/moon left over, nokoru tsuki/mist in the morning, ariake gasumi


dumplings for moon viewing, tsukimi dango, tsukimidango 月見団子 

They are placed on a beautiful tray and put outside as an offering to the deities on the autumn full moon night. Later on, they are eaten by the family.

susuki すすき grasses (another kigo for the full autumn moon season) are put in a vase beside them.
Click HERE to see some photos.

entertaining visitors for moon viewing,
tsuki no za, 月の座

..... tsuki no en 月の宴
host who invited for moon viewing, tsuki no aruji, 月の主
guests viewing the moon togheter, tsuki no kyaku, 月の客
friends viewing the moon together, tsuki no tomo 月の友
moon viewing restaurant, tsukimijaya 月見茶屋 (つきみじゃや)
boat for moon viewing, tsukimibune 月見船
drinking sake while moon viewing, tsukimizake 月見酒
kigo for mid-autumn


Evening moon, yuuzuki 夕月
Night moon, yoizuki 宵月
Moon of tonight, kyoo no tsuki 今日の月
the moon tonight, koyoi no tsuki 月今宵
kigo for mid-autumn


Full Moon (mangetsu 満月)
auspicious moon, mochizuki 望月, meigetsu 名月
kigo for mid-autumn

full moon
keeping an eye
on the stars

full moon
wolf howling
your side of the fence

Ella Wagemakers

o o o o o

There is an Ezine called "Full Moon"

. tsuki 月 (つき) moon, der Mond
The Full Moon of Autumn ... more KIGO


France, names of the moon

new moon, nouvelle lune (French)
shingetsu / saku (" new moon")

new crescent, croissant (French)
mikazuki ("the third day's moon")

half-moon, premier quartier (French)
hangetsu ("half-moon"),
jougen no tsuki("an upward bow" )

full moon, pleine lune (French)
mangetsu, mochizuki("full moon"),
juugoya ("the fifteenth night")

half-moon, dernier quartier (French)
hangetsu ("half-moon"),
kagen no tsuki ("a downward bow")



Germany, names of the moon
Namen des Mondes

Januar: Hartmond, Eismond, Schneemond, Wolfsmond
Februar: Narrenmond, Schmelzmond, Taumond
März: Frühlingsmond
April: Ostermond
Mai: Weidemond, Wonnemond, Marienmond
Juni: Brachmond, Rosenmond
Juli: Heumond
August: Erntemond, Sichelmond
September: Herbstmond
Oktober: Weinmond, Dachsmond
November: Nebelmond, Wintermond, Windmond
Dezember: Julmond, Christmond, Heiligmond, Wolfsmond, Schlachtmond


Harvest Moon, North America

Hunger Moon

Hunter's Moon


. WKD : Ice Moon - February
'Moon of the Dark Red Calf'  

Moon, waxing (moondraam pirai)


Moon Names

Colonial American
American Indian (Choctaw)
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux)
English Medieval
Neo Pagan
New Guinea
source : krcool


. Meigetsu 名月 (Japan)
The full moon of Mid-Autumn (September)
"famous moon". The full moon of the eighth lunar month, usually in September.
also translated as : harvest moon.
kigo for mid-autumn


.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. MOON

handblown glass -
cirrus clouds curve
around the moon

Hortensia Anderson

oo oo oo oo oo

moonlit bridge –......................... яркая луна --
my shadow checks the path .......тень нащупывает путь
before my steps .........................по мостику

Origa (Olga Hooper)

Read more of Origa's Moon Haiku here:


MOON kigo for mid-autumn

New Moon, shingetsu 新月, 初月
the moon appears small for the first time in the eigth month of the lunar calendar, now September. Crescent moon.

New Moon on the second day, futsukazuki 二日月
..... sengetsu 繊月(せんげつ)
..... futsuka no tsuki 二日の月(ふつかのつき)

New Moon on the third day, mikkazuki 三日月
..... mikka no tsuki 三日の月(みっかのつき, tsuki no mayu 月の眉(つきのまゆ), mayugakizuki 眉書月(まゆがきづき), mayuzuki 眉月(まゆづき), mikkazuki mayu 三日月眉(みかづきまゆ)
..... new moon, shingetsu 新月(しんげつ), young moon, jakugetsu 若月(じゃくげつ)
..... sword of the moon, tsuki no tsurugi 月の剣(つきのつるぎ)
..... gabi 蛾眉(がび), shohaku 初魄(しょはく)

No Moon (mugetsu, 無月 Japan)
The "invisible moon" , refers to the night of the full moon in September, when he is hidden by the clouds.
When it rains on that day, we have the "rain moon", ugetsu 雨月.


October Full Moon (nochi no tsuki 後の月)
kigo for late autumn
"the next full moon"
Spetember in the Asian lunar calendar. In America: Hunter's Moon.
The moon a month after the really bright moon of august.

nochitsuki no kanashiki hodo no shirosa kana

October full moon
moonshine is too white
for sadness

Etsuko Yanagibori


paper moon
topic for haiku

Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, and the film was shot in black-and-white. The film is set in Kansas and Missouri during the Great Depression. It stars the real-life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, as on-screen father and daughter Moze and Addie.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

Poacher's Moon

Snow Moon
kigo for winter


Spring Moon kigo for all spring

Vollmond im Frühling
. . . CLICK here for Photos !

haru no tsuki 春の月 moon in spring
... shungetsu 春月(しゅんげつ)
haruzukiyo 春月夜(はるづきよ)night with a spring moon
haru mangetsu 春満月(はるまんげつ)full moon in spring

haru mikazuki 春三日月 (はるみかづき) crescent moon in spring
... 春の三日月(はるのみかづき)

oborozuki 朧月 (おぼろづき) hazy moon in spring
CLICK for more photos
tsuki oboro 月朧(つきおぼろ)moon is hazy
oborozukiyo 朧月夜(おぼろづきよ)night with a hazy moon
tangetsu 淡月(たんげつ) lightly hazy moon
. . . CLICK here for Photos !

Spring Moon Haiga
Beautiful Haiga by Victor P. Gendrano


Sugar Moon / Sap Moon Full Worm - March Moon. Maple Moon.
North America and Canada. Making Maple Syrup.


Young woman viewing the summer moon
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)

Summer moon

natsu no tsuki 夏の月 (なつのつき) moon in summer
summer moon
It refers to a cool evening (tsuki suzushi 月涼し)
It has been the subject of many poems since old times, when people enjoyed the full moon on a cool summer night.
When it shines on the earth, it colors the ground white "like frost" (yoru no shimo 夜の霜), to bring a cool feeling to the viewer.

. cool moon, tsuki suzushi 月涼い  

takotsubo ya hakanaki yume o natsu no tsuki
Basho and the Octopus pot

natsu no tsuki mukizu no yoru mo nakari keri

summer moon--
there's no such thing
as a flawless night

(Tr. David Lanoue)

late summer moon . . .
the remnants of a gull’s wake
floats on the river

Bruce Ross , Bangor, ME, USA


kigo for mid-summer

tsuyu no tsuki 梅雨の月 (つゆのつき)
moon in the rainy season

. tsukimizu tsuki 月見ず月(つきみずつき)
month when we can not see the moon


Snow and Moon

. . yukizukiyo 雪月夜(ゆきづきよ)
night with snow and a full moon

I read your Haiku
before sleep

Etsuko Yanagibori



fuyu no tsuki 冬の月 (ふゆのつき) winter moon, moon in winter
tsuki sayuru 月冴ゆる(つきさゆる)brigh clear winter moon
tsuki kooru 月氷る(つきこおる)"freezing moon"
kangetsu 寒月(かんげつ)"moon in the cold", moon on a cold night
("cold moonlight" is something else.)

fuyu mikazuki 冬三日月(ふゆみかづき)cresecent moon in winter
kan mikazuki 寒三日月(かんみかづき) crescent moon in the cold

- - - - - Yosa Buson - - - - -

kangetsu ya kaisandoo no ki no ma yori

this cold moon -
among the trees
of the founder's hall

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kangetsu ya kareki no naka no take sankan

this cold moon -
among the bare trees
three stalks of bamobo

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kangetsu ya koishi no sawaru kutsu no soko

this cold moon -
the soles of my shoes
touch small pebbles

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kangetsu ya matsu no ochiba no ishi o iru

this cold moon -
fallen needles of pines
shoot into stones

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kangetsu ya mon o tatakeba kutsu no oto

this cold moon -
after knocking at the (temple) door
the sound of wooden clogs

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kangetsu ya nokogiri-iwa no akara sama

this cold moon -
the red glow
on Nokogiri-Iwa rocks

. Nokogiriyama 鋸山 Mount Nokogiri . Chiba prefecture
nokogiri - saw

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kangetsu ya shuuto no gungi no sugite nochi

this cold moon -
after the monk-soldiers left
the war meeting

monk-soldiers (soohei 僧兵) armed monks of the Heian period and later, mostly adherent to the large temples in Kyoto and other regions of Japan.

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kangetsu ya zoo ni yuki-au hashi no ue

this cold moon -
I meet a monk
on the bridge

. Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 and the moon .

- - - including

kangetsu ni ki o waru tera no otoko kana

kangetsu ya mon naki tera no ten takashi

kangetsu ya tani ni cha o kumu mine no tera


kangetsu ya ware hitori yuku hashi no oto

moon in the cold -
only my own footsteps
on the bridge

Tan Taigi 炭太祗
Tr. Gabi Greve

cold moonlight
through the window
still no dreams

source : Haiku Bandit Society, March 2009


Haibun about the Moon
by Takashi Nonin


We have only to say "the moon" when we refer to the autumnmoon. We must therefore put such epithets as "spring/vernal", "summer", or "winter" before the moon when we mention the other season's moon.The autumn moon makes the difference. My old SAIJIKI has 126 words or phrases with regard to the autumn moon. Which shows how profoundly the Japanese have affiliated with the moon since ancient times.

Today, October 5th (September 15th according to the lunar calendar) is the Full Moon. Tonight TV stations across the Archipelago telecast the full moon with a few seasonal comments. "A poet can not but be jocund." We look up and admire the moon tonight.When it happens to be cloudy and we cannot see the moon, we don't complain but try to see the "invisible" moon way beyond the clouds.

This is Mugetsu or No Moon. When it's raining, we call the Rainy Moon Ugetsu 雨月. We miss the moon, to which our thoughts go out through the rain.We praise the moon and enjoy everything about the way the moon looks tonight. Eared pampas grass and several other flowering plants fresh from the autumn fields arranged in a vase, together with"moon-viewing dumplings"(Tsukimi-dango) are placed near the open window as the gifts for the moon.
Our hearts are filled with anticipation on the Eve of the Full Moon (Oct.4th this year). This is Matsuyoi or The Moon-awaiting Evening.


Sitting all alone
facing a still white paper:
behind me the moon

Vasile Moldovan
Read more about the Moon in Europa


三日月の 頃より待ちし 今宵かな
mikazuki no koro yori machi shi koyoi kana

since the sickle moon
we waited so impatiently
for the moon tonight

Matsuo Basho,
the last woodblock print in the following series

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Tsuki Hyakushi 月百姿
by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is the last major work of Yoshitoshi. 100 Aspects of the Moon consists of a hundred single sheets with very diverse subjects and only one common theme - the moon, more or less visible on each design.

Read the full article with more prints here:
© Artelino.com Art

Here is my dear Daruma in this MOON series


Yoshitoshi's moon prints on display in Leiden, Holland
By MARJAN BEX, November 2006

Harvest Moon and Geese Haiku / WHR 3


harvest moon above
lights the evening sky
silver fields below

Paul Oxberry, October 2007


Super Moon May 2012

photo : Maya Lyubenova, 05 May 2012; Plovdiv, Bulgaria

between us
there also lives
super moon

- Shared by Louis Osofsky -

super moon-
pull me closer to the sea
out beyond the surf

- Shared by Lisa Hills -
Joys of Japan, May 2012

the pond’s depth ~
this perigee moon

- Shared by Elaine Andre -
Joys of Japan, 2012


the craters closer
ever closer

a couple on the pier
peer into eachother

- Shared by Dennis Chibi -
Joys of Japan, 2012


at midnight
the last gift of Golden Week
a silver supermoon

- Shared by Kit Nagamura -
Joys of Japan, 2012


my old dog
gazing at the supermoon
I fall asleep

Chen-ou Liu

Kigo Hotline

The perigee full moon on May 5, 2012 will be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012.
LOOK at the NASA video here:
source : www.nasa.gov



Nisan was determined by a celestial event.
The Nisan moon was the first moon that would become a full moon after the passing of the spring equinox. Nisan thereby marked the first month of the year on the Hebrew calendar for the religious year. The Nisan moon, confirmed by the ripening of the barley harvest determined the month in which Passover would be celebrated.

source : endtimepilgrim.org

. WKD : Nisan Moon haiku .


WASHOKU ... Japanese Food SAIJIKI



Gabi Greve said...

the moon's sickle --
lavender scents entering
into the courtyard

the camp fire
noiselessly warms up
the pan of the moon

jogging in moonlight
along the river bank
my shadow and I

the Moon's reflection
wrinkled by little wave
muffled voices

the lights of Paris !
only the moon is the same
as in Croatia

pine branches
in the fire - needles climbing
toward the moon

the small black clouds
drawing moustaches
on the moon's face

By Tomislav Maretic WHC

Gabi Greve said...

taru koto o/shiru soan no/tsuki suzushi

how to be contented...cool moon
at the small hut

Nao Kataoka (1885-1953)

Malcontents are unhappy people. To be able to be contented, or to know when to be satisfied, is a difficult but exalted achievement in Zen as the nature of its student's effort is to abandon desires. The more you have, the more you want. Ultimately, to be content with having nothing is the spiritual ideal. The cool moon represents the tranquillity of mind.

Nao was a man of many parts with a countless number of hobbies and interests. Looking un-Zen-like on the surface, he may well have been a fulfilled person inside.

by Susumu Takiguchi, Go Shichi Go in the Daily Yomiuri


Gabi Greve said...


shy moon --
a cup of sake and the clouds

"chibi" (pen-name for Dennis M. Holmes) August 2006


Gabi Greve said...

The Hare (Rabbit) in the Moon
Pounding Rice as Kigo

Gabi Greve said...

Moon Rings, Moon Dogs And Other Moon Light Phenomena...

The moon can produce interesting optical effects when conditions are right. The most common of which are moon rings, moon bows, which are similar to rainbows, moon dogs and moon pillars.
A rainbow is produced when sunlight is refracted through water droplets - A similar effect is produced when moon light refracts through ice crystals. In this LINK are a few photographs and examples about this interesting phenomena.

Moon Ring Weather Folklore
Anatomy of a Moon Halo
Moon Corona

Copyright © 2001 By Keith Cooley 
Moon Light Effects


Gabi Greve said...


dazzling moon
over the autumn gale...
nice and hot

tsuki chira-chira nowaki no tsuki no atsusa kana


by Issa, 1811

Issa imagines that the moon is comfortably hot above the cold autumn gale (nowaki).

Tr. David Lanoue


Anonymous said...

a sight to see!
from a hole in the wall
autumn moon

nadokoro ya kabe no ana yori aki no tsuki


by Issa, 1825

Tr. David Lanoue . http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

Gabi Greve said...

Stars and the Night Sky in Kenya, 2007

Anonymous said...

"Wild rice moon" is a name for the harvest moon in September, used by the Alqonquin and Ojibway tribes.

As the Anishinaabeg Ojibwe tell the story, Nanaboozhoo, the cultural hero of the Anishinaabeg, was introduced to wild rice by fortune, and by a duck.

More is here

Anonymous said...

harvest moon
the sound of women
pounding rice

winter evening
a teacup of mint
and moon

half moon
on the river the sound
of cracking ice

... and so many more in my mind...

Ella Wagemakers

Anonymous said...

Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.
European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

Here is the Farmers Almanac's list of the full Moon names.

• Full Wolf Moon - January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

• Full Snow Moon - February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

• Full Worm - March Moon As the temperature begins to warm and the
ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping
maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

• Full Pink Moon - April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of
the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

• Full Flower Moon - May In most areas, flowers are abundant
everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names
include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

• Full Strawberry Moon - June This name was universal to every
Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

• The Full Buck Moon - July July is normally the month when the new
antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month's Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

• Full Sturgeon Moon - August The fishing tribes are given credit
for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great
Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

• Full Harvest Moon - September This is the full Moon that occurs
closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest
Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes
later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of
Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the
chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

• Full Hunter's Moon - October With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can easily see fox and the animals which have come out to glean.

• Full Beaver Moon - November This was the time to set beaver traps
before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

• The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon - December During
this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their
longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule.
The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the
midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the
horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Anonymous said...

May dusk -- --
a kid points out the crescent moon
to his friend

Caleb, Kenya


Gabi Greve said...

talkative full moon
makes language unnecessary
for the restless night

Raju Samal, march 2009

anonymous said...

tonight's moon
and strawberry wine-
joy of a great fool

- an homage to Ryokan

Mark Snyder (Fayetteville, NC)

Gillena Cox said...

shifting the curtain
a fish scale moon
bright tonight

Gabi Greve said...

a fish scale moon ... what a pretty sight !
Thanks a lot, Gillena.

The nights to come will be very beautiful until the full moon.

Anonymous said...

Love L3 Gabi ...
and the whole is very Zen.
Gives a moment of reflection. Thanks for sharing this.

on the roof
a layer of frost
waning stars

kigo hotline

Term Paper said...

It is utterly right. I admire your thoughts and perception. Hope to see new updates from your soon. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

gibbous moon--
a lion's shadow for
the white kitten

Brian Etole, Kenya

Happy Haiku Forum said...

Larry Bole writes:

Yesterday I attended an evening outdoor concert in Central Park in Manhattan, and I saw an EXTREMELY pregnant lady, with just about the roundest belly I have ever seen!

For some reason it made me think of one of the great little bits of dialogue in the Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life":

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.

Mary: I'll take it. Then what?

George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve, see... and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much?

[end of dialogue]

So here is my haiku:

expecting soon--
as if she has swallowed whole
the full june moon


P.S. After George Bailey (James Stewart) says "am I talking too much?" to Mary (Donna Reed), a middle-aged man sitting on his front porch, who overhears them, says:

Man on Porch: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?

George Bailey: You want me to kiss her, huh?

Man on Porch: Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people.

Gabi Greve, Joys of Japan Poetry said...

Peony moon
On good friday before Easter -

Kristjaan Panneman

after the paschal full moon
the prayers...
exodus and resurrection

Pat Geyer

Good Friday
fallen cherry blossoms
risen moon

Johnny Baranski

and more . . .
at the Joys of Japan, FB

Anonymous said...

June - Full Strawberry Moon.

It is called this by the Algonquin tribes, who knew this was the time to pick ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.
It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe (where strawberries aren't native).


Res's Writing and Poetry said...

My Moonwise Calendar, a fount of knowledge about the moon also calls the September/October moon :-
Vine Moon, Blood Berry Moon, Hunters Moon, Winterfylleth and Kantlos.All derived from Pagan sources.
Stunning WKD, this one, Gabi San.

Gabi Greve said...

Moon-Viewing Point, No. 82 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)

Moon viewing in Edo
Edo Meisho Zue 江戸名所図会, “Guide to famous Edo sites”

Gabi Greve - Buson said...

Yosa Buson

kangetsu ni ki o waru tera no otoko kana

under the cold moon
a man of the temple
chops firewood . . .

Tr. Gabi Greve

The cut marker KANA is at the end of line 3.
kangetsu 寒月 lit. "moon in the cold", winter moon.

Buson visiting temples. . .

Gabi Greve - Buson said...

Yosa Buson

kangetsu ya mon naki tera no ten takashi

cold moon -
above a temple without gate
the sky is high

Tr. Gabi Greve

. WKD : ten takashi 天高し "high sky", "high heaven" .
kigo for autumn

Visiting Temples

Anonymous said...


vast empty sky ~
a crescent moon renders anew
eternal cosmic dreams

Gabi Greve - facebook said...

cold fingers ––
brittle twigs trace lines before
this young wolf moon

Wolf Moon: the Native American name for the moon in January

Elaine Andre

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Sake 酒 for rituals and festivals


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