Longing for spring

This Ides of March warmth bids us to awake at last, accompanied by the nightingale’s mating song, to the Season Most Desired. Years back, remember? In April, Kyoto had snow. Amazingly beautiful, for its unusualness as well as for its briefness: melted away in hours. Loved it. This year, I will view the cherry blossoms as usual; but not in Kyoto by the banks of the mighty Kamo. Because of business in America’s capital, will be sipping Milwaukee’s finest beneath the boughs brought from Meiji (?) to Washington. (From Korea, if truth be known.) They had some very nice cherry saplings to give away.

Am reading a book now about when Japan was a colony of Paekche, in the 5th and 6th centuries. No haiku then, so here is one to make up for it:

horseriders we were;

fearing none, gave iron for land

and disdain.

Well, it’s a start. Not much reliable information from back then, tho we can guess that the natives were somewhat glad to have the visitors around, teaching how to throw pots, smelt gold, bang out brass. Poetry is everywhere.

6 Responses to “Longing for spring”

  1. Kazue Gill Says:

    In the last line of the haiku, ‘disdain’ is very resonant.

  2. I am reading a very interesting book now, PEAKCHE KOREA AND YAMATO JAPAN by some Korean history scholar. The book deals with the very early history of relations between the two peoples. The Horserider Theory is well known, and this book deals with it. But it also devotes a lot of time, pages, to the early royal court activities and events. Seems that the early Koreans came, liked the place, stayed and taught the Yayoi natives how to do things, then were disliked by these same people, for some reasons. Haven’t finished the book yet, so cannot say more. The “disdain” of the haiku refers to this change of attitude on the part of the Japanese towards the Koreans.
    More later, and thanks for your comment.

  3. Richard Says: Richard who?

  4. Richard Woodchopper Says:

    Sorry, forgot to better deliniate myself to the world of haiku readers. I thot my name would be automatically displayed for every and each submission, but evidently not. Will be more exact from now on. thanks for the tackle.

  5. Richard, were those rrelations between Korea and Japan established when Puyo was the capital city of the Paekche dynasty, or Kongju?

  6. Richard Woodchopper Says:

    Gerald, The relations were established probably before Paekche itself was established as an independent country. The first capatal of Paekche was Ihare, Ipar, Wi-rye, Eo-ra, Wi-na, I-bal, Eo-ra-ha. That is, all these names occur in several books, but the first name, Ihare, is probably the best one, or at least, the most commonly used one. The last capital of Paekche was Pu-yeo, which you mentioned. We are talking about 4 A. D. or thereabouts for the beginning of Paekche, tho I think that may be an exageration. Relations between the two locations really got going in the 5th century with Jimmu, et al raising lots of dust.
    As my study of this continues, I will keep you and all the haikuists informed. Very interesting.

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