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Latest newsletter: The sound of insects

October 12, 2017

Here is a Haiku written by UEJIMA Onitsura (17c).

"Gyosuino Sutedokoro nashi Mushino koe."

Interpretation: There is no place to throw away the water that I used
to cool down from the heat in early autumn as well as to purify my body
as it is too much of a shame to stop all those insects creating
this pleasant music.

When autumn is in full swing, we hear the typical autumn insects'
sound of crickets, bell crickets and katydids and so on every night.
Although "Mushi" refers to all sorts of insects today, in the world
of Haiku, "Mushi" only refers to the autumn insects that sing in
fields and "Mushi" is therefore an autumn season word. Their adorable
timbre appears in many well-known Japanese nursery songs as well.

Read the full article:
A companion for a long night in autumn: "The sound of insects"

Translation by: Hitomi Kochi, reviewed by Chan Yee Ting

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