For New Year 2012 (4)

2012/01/28

On January 15, 2012, Shinzan shrine naked pilgrimage festival 新山神社裸まいり : shinzan jinja hadaka mairi was held in Yurihonjo city (由利本荘市)of Akita prefecture(秋田県), Northern Honshu, Japan.

 

 

 

 

新山や雪の参道裸者登る       秀法

Shinzan ya  yukino sando  rasha noboru

 

naked men

climb the snowy approach –

Shinzan shrine                     Hidenori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manisha Kundu-Nagata says in her blog Life with hubby as follows.

The Hadaka Mairi (pilgrimage) Matsuri is a winter festival where naked men brave the cold and snow and proceed to a rather distant Shinzan shrine. The naked men carry offerings to the shrine by walking through the snow. There are different opinions and sayings regarding the origin of the Hadaka Mairi Matsuri. One of the stories is that shugensha monks protected the Shinzan shrine by walking naked as a form of ascetic training and practice. Shugendo is an ancient Japanese religion in which enlightenment or oneness with god is obtained through the study of the relationship between man and nature. It is centered on an ascetic, mountain-dwelling lifestyle and incorporates teachings from koshinto, buddhism, and other eastern philosophies including folk animism. Monks following shugendo religion are known as shugensha. The monks prayed for the toughness of body, the safety of homes, the happiness of the families, and bumper crops in the fields. Every year the monks went to the shrine to display in front of the god the results of their training, practice, and the growth of their mind and body.

You will get familiar with the festival through the following blog.

http://lipikazuo.blogspot.com/2009/02/shinzan-shrine-naked-pilgrimage.html

 

 

Lastly, let me post haiku and photos by Corinne Kinvig, Sabrina Ketcherside, and Charlotte Regnier, who studied about haiku and learned to write haiku at the class by Alexander Dolin, PhD, Professor of Japanese Literature and Civilization Studies at Akita International University(国際教養大学). 

 

Corinne Kinvig contributed the works of haiku and photos to us in November, 2011.

 

 

 

秋にしがみつく

雨の滴が赤い葉から落ちる

自然の涙のように

 

 

 

冬の太陽が昇る

むきだしの殺風景な陸地に

再び春になるのはいつかしら

 

 

羊が野原で前脚をあげて跳びはねる

スイセンの花の中に生まれたばかり

春の芳香

 

 

 

再び夏がやって来た

赤い顔をした子供たちが浜辺で遊ぶ

太陽の光線が彼らを喜ばせている

 

 

英国の夏季

8月になり雨傘を用意する

雨が踊り始める時

 

 

Sabrina Ketcherside also contributed the works of haiku to us in November, 2011.

 

 

 

秋たけなわ

リスたちは皆どこへ行ったのかしら

ドングリには住む家がない

 

 

 

葉が風に吹かれている

秋の音が聞こえる

秋のダンスが始まる

 

 

 

葉が色を変える

黄色、赤、そしてオレンジの色合い

暖かい感じのカンバス

 

 

葉が落ちる、りんごが落ちる

収穫の時が始まる

各家々ではごちそう

 

 

 

枝が裸になる

ほんの少しだけまだ残っている

冷気が皮膚からしみ込む

 

 

Charlotte Regnier also contributed the works of haiku to us in November, 2011.

 

 

 

心地よい風が木々に

共に揺り動かそう

メロディーのように

 

 

オレンジ、赤、黄色、

深紅色の葉が火のように

森を輝かした

 

 

 

葉が地上に散っている

色彩の豊かな棺のように

きのこの匂い

 

 

 

色彩のに富んだ花々

徐々に雪の覆い

冬の翌朝

 

 

 

唯一の理由

寒い冬の復活

白い雪と新しい層

 

 

The next posting ‘For New Year 2012 (5)’ appears on February 4.

 

Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

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