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Seasonal Creature: Wild Goose

October 29, 2015

A resident who lives far away and carries a letter: Wild goose

Here is a Japanese traditional poem, Tanka, complied in "Kokin
Wakashu" at No.258 in chapter 5, composed by MibunoTadamine.

"Akino yono Tsuyuwoba Tsuyuto okinagara Karino namidaya Nobewo
somuran"

Interpretation: I am wondering if these colourful autumn trees and
flowers were coloured by only the night dew or if it was the tears
from wild geese crying that plaintively, fell and broke into the
colour of this field.

The wild goose is often mentioned as an autumn seasonal word in the
classical Japanese poems especially the poems which describe the
dreary scenery when entering winter. The wild goose is a kind of birds
that migrates from the north when the autumn is in full swing. When
the water in the lakes goes warm in spring, it would go back to the
north.

Read the full article:
A resident who lives far away and carries a letter: Wild goose

Translation: Hitomi Kochi, reviewed by Chan Yee Ting

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