Sunday, September 18, 2011

Japanese Bush Clover Temple (Temple of Hagi)

 Today I visited a Buddhist temple named Tokoji Temple in Toyonaka, which is famous for its Japanese bush clover, hagi in Japanese. The precinct is filled with beautiful pink and white bush clover. There are some hanging strips of paper on which haiku is written.

Haiku is a very compact Japanese verse form composed of 17 syllables in a 5,7,5 line pattern including a seasonal word. Bush clover is a general seasonal word for autumn.

It is a harbinger of the arrival of autumn, although it has been still very hot today.


  1. This is a pretty place, beagleAnnie. Thanks for showing me bush clover. Haiku is popular here. I used to teach it and sometimes write it myself--but not as well as the Japanese masters, of course.

  2. Thanks you, Jane. Creating a haiku is interesting, but I think senryu is easier to make. Senryu, as you know, has no seasonal word and is more casual.