Nagoshi Haiku

paper lanterns hung

lighting hearts with a sweet hope

a reverent night

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parades and fireworks

dance along with soothing breeze

farewell summer days

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the layers of sins

shed at the end of summers

awakening soul

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year half gone, half left

smile, celebrate nagoshi

chew guava candies

*Written in response of Carpe Diem # 231.

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Gion Festival Haiku

giggling girls swirling

yukata adorning them

paper fans in hands

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gulping down the sweets

sumo-wrestler in Kyoto

the Gion is in flow

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opened entryways

displayed family heirlooms

take a glance and leave

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single stroke needed

slashing the rope of desires

begins matsuri

*Written in response of Carpe Diem # 230.

Taue (Rice Planting) Haiku

reflecting shadows

puddles of water on fields

workers in sedge hats

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fields filled with water

men descends to place seedlings

gilded performers

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women in kasa

traditional performance

the paddies planted

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bow down in prayer

planting the mother earth’s womb

promising fine crops

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young girls singing songs

hoping for a good harvest

time for festival

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aura of dances

enhanced crop’s vitality

melodies in air

* Written in response of Carpe Diem # 220

Boy’s Day Haiku

kintaro doll up

held in palms of a young boy

mochi in the mouth

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riding on the bear

stringing the carp in the air

the dragon breathes fire

* Submission for Carpe Diem # 213 Prompt. It is particularly based on the celebration of Boys’ day In Japan. Since I have no knowledge of the festival, I read through the information available along with the declaration of the challenge and the one available on wikipedia and on the basis of that, I have created these two haiku. I apologize in advance if I have mistaken in understanding the essence of the festival in any way.