Sabi is a Chaise Longue – Haiga/Haibun – March 28, 2016

What is “sabi”?   Something old, past, demode … something that’s somehow a faded memory like the old plastic chaise longue in the haiga above,  that in its heyday was an object that made someone happy or proud to own it.  I can almost feel the sensation that must have accompanied that first vision of the object … the elation.  Now, so many years have passed.  The chaise longue sits in my son’s garden in Padua, slowly losing it’s lustre as it weathers.  No one remembers who bought it .. the house has changed had many many times over the years as one group of student substitutes another, no one even uses it except the cat. That to me is one meaning of “sabi”.

chaise longue
memories of summer’s days
long forgotten
© G.s.k. ‘16
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Well, that is one of the aspects in my opinion of “sabi”.  What does the Encyclopedia Britannica have to say?

Sabi

  • place in Japanese culture

    Japan: Aesthetics
    …related are the twin ideals of cultivated simplicity and poverty (wabi) and of the celebration of that which is old and faded (sabi). Underlying all three is the notion of life’s transitory and evanescent nature, which is linked to Buddhist thought (particularly Zen) but can be traced to the earliest examples of…
  • poetry of Bashō

    • Bashō
      One term frequently used to describe Bashō’s poetry is sabi, which means the love of the old, the faded, and the unobtrusive, a quality found in the verse

      Scent of chrysanthemums . . .

      And in Nara

      All the ancient Buddhas.

    • relation to tea ceremony

      Sen Rikyū
      …who founded the Japanese tea ceremony. He firmly established the concepts ofwabi (deliberate simplicity in daily living) and sabi (appreciation of the old and faded) as its aesthetic ideals. During his time the teahouse became smaller (from Shukō’s 4 1/2-mat room to a…

One Month of Haiga – Haiga 24 – February 24, 2016

Hello!

Well, I’m finally back home and the first: “yep this is really home” greeting I got was the Internet being off-line!  But my slow old clunky Internet has finally returned.  I’m going to use yet another photo I snapped in Padua … this one was taken with the flash mechanism of my camera, quite unintentionally, but this caused an aspect to be pulled out that the other photos of the same scene failed to capture, the street directions.  Seeing them to the fore brought an idea to mind … today’s theme therefore is –

Direction

And here is the haiga that I created for the theme:

Haiga 24

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4 Lessons on How to Find the Right Direction in Life By Bob Miglani

One Month of Haiga – February 23, 2016

Hello!

Well my personal challenge is rapidly growing to its conclusion, there will only be six more haiga to create and then we pass onward to March, the month that hosts the spring equinox!  I was trying to take photos in the growing dark and I took two of the moon-rise.  This is of course the last moon of winter, I suddenly realized and so wrote a haiga about that.  Today’s theme is:

  last wintry events

As I said, I chose the last full moon of this season, but, you might want to write about something else, like the last snow storm.  Here is my haiga for today:

Haiga 23

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Have a great day – ciao!  Bastet

 

One Month of Haiga – February 22, 2016

Hello!

Yesterday I didn’t have a chance to take photos as I was busy with the Lame del Conte, my historical re-enactment club.  But the photos I’d taken the night before have left me with a wonderful choice of photos to work with.

I love sunsets, something much more difficult to see in a mountain valley than here in the plains.   Here the sun seems to literally erupt into colourful shades of yellow, pink and blue.  In a winter sunset you also have trees and bushes that make a lovely sketch against the coloured sky.  The photo I chose has all that plus the electric train wires of the Milan – Venice train-line.  Seeing the combination enthralled me (in person the view was actually breath-taking!).  The theme I’ve chosen for today though is not sunsets and not strictly  nature – I’m thinking more of the interaction between:

Mankind and Nature

How the countryside (or the city around us) shows mankind’s passage on our planet … for good and for ill. We are cultivating in our collective memory a terrible sense of guilt, and I suppose we have a lot to reflect upon each day we live on our planet of our impact both on Earth and our fellow creatures.  However I think feeling guilty is rather silly.  When you recognize you’re doing something in a wrong way, you should rectify your course, not feel guilty and then keep on doing the things that you know are wrong.  So let’s just look at what we have around us and testify to what we see and leave the rest to a future post.   Here then, is my haiga for today:

 

Haiga 22

 

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Have a great day!  Ciao, Georgia