10/17/2010

Silk tree (nemu no ki) - Mimosa

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Silk tree (nemu no ki)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: various, see below
***** Category: Plant


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Explanation

nemu no ki ねむのき(合歓木) silk tree
nebu ねぶ(合歓)
gookanboku ごうかんぼく(合歓木)
Albizia julibrissin, Acacia nemu. Albizzie

This tree is sometimes called MIMOSA, but that is a different tree. Its delicate blossoms are well loved in the Japanese landscape. We have many wild types in our mountain region.
Literally it means "sleeping tree". The tree was used in summer rituals to drive away the summer sleepiness, especially around the Tanabata Star festival.
See below, Nebuta.


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Albizia julibrissin is a species of legume in the genus Albizia, native to southern and eastern Asia, from Iran east to China and Korea.

The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo del Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, and it is sometimes incorrectly spelled Albizzia.

Albizia julibrissin is known by a wide variety of common names, such as Persian silk tree or pink siris. It is also called Lenkoran acacia or bastard tamarind, though it is not too closely related to acacias (Acacieae), let alone tamarinds (Caesalpinioideae). The species is usually called "silk tree" or "mimosa" in the United States, which is misleading - the former name can refer to any species of Albizia which is most common in any one locale. And, although once included in Mimosa, neither is it very close to the Mimoseae. To add to the confusion, several species of Acacia, notably Acacia baileyana and Acacia dealbata, are also known as "mimosa" (especially in floristry), and many Fabaceae trees with highly divided leaves are called thus in horticulture.

Persian silk tree is widely planted as an ornamental plant, grown for the leaf texture and flowers. The broad crown of a mature tree makes it useful for providing dappled shade.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

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kigo for late summer

nemu no hana 合歓の花 (ねむのはな) silk tree flowers
..... nebu no hana ねぶのはな
hana nemu 花合歓 blossoming silk tree
"persian carpet flower tree", juuka ju 絨花樹(じゅうかじゅ)
..... nemuri gi ねむり木(ねむりぎ) "sleeping tree"
gookon 合昏(ごうこん)


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kigo for late autumn

. nemu no mi 合歓の実 (ねむのみ) silk tree fruit  





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ojigisoo 含羞草 (おじぎそう) "bowing plant" sensitive plant
..... 知羞草(おじぎそう)
nemurigusa 眠草(ねむりぐさ)
mimoza ミモザ Mimose
Mimosa pudica
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Worldwide use



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Things found on the way



. Nemu no ki and the Nebuta Festival  


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The Ayase River and Kanegafuchi
Ando Hiroshige 綾瀬川鐘ヶ淵



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HAIKU


象潟や 雨に西施が ねぶの花
Kisakata ya ame ni seishi ga nebu no hana

A flowering silk tree in the sleepy rain of Kisakata
Reminds me of Lady Seishi
In sorrowful lament
Tr. Nobuyuki Yuasa

Matsuo Basho
- - - - - at Kisakata - Kisagata


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. Haiga by Nakamura Sakuo


長の日やびんづるどのと合歓の花
naga no hi ya Binzuru dono to nemu no hana

this long day -
saint Binzuru and
flowers of the silk tree

Kobayashi Issa


賓頭盧 Binzuru
. Ceremony for Binzuru (Binzuru mawashi)   



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万緑の一樹ねむの花末だ
manryoku no ichiju no nemu no hana urada

one tree
among the green -
silk tree in bloom

Akimoto Fujio 秋元不死男

Written 1963 in Kisakata (Kisagata), in memory of Basho


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Mimosa, Mimose

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Early Spring
***** Category: Plant


mimoza ミモザ mimosa
Acacia baileyana. Mimosenakazie



. your life and mine
united in love -
mimosa branches .

Gabi Greve


. Mimosa Day (Russia) .


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Related words

***** . Trees in all seasons  


***** . Mimosa, Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata)  



***** . PLANTS - - - the Complete SAIJIKI .  


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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

Matsuo Basho


合歓の木の葉越しもいとへ星の影
nemu no ki no hagoshi mo itoe hoshi no kage - (ねむのきの はごしもいとえ ほしのかげ)
nebu no ki no hagoshi mo itoe hoshi no kage

do not peek
even through silk tree leaves:
the stars’ light
Tr. Barnhill

do not even peek
through the leaves of the silk tree:
light falls from the stars
Tr. Chilcott

Written in autumn of 1690. 元禄3年7月7日

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