Bit by bit, the Blackcabbit crafts its nest of DIY handmade art and illustrates a kingdom of doodle critters to beautify the world she lives in.
3rd November was originally known as Tencho Setsu (天長節 / Emperor’s Birthday), which was a holiday held in honor of Meiji Emperor (1852 – 1912). After his reign ended, and with Japanese Postwar Constitution declared on 3rd November 1946, the holiday was renamed as Bunka no hi (文化の日 / Culture Day) in 1948. Since then, it is a day dedicated to value freedom and peace, and to promote culture.
Nowadays, the national holiday is usually packed with a variety of cultural events (i.e. festivals, parades and art exhibitions) and award ceremonies. Annually at the Imperial Palace, the current Heisei Emperor will award the prestigious Bunka Kunsho (文化勲章 / Order of Cultural Merit) to distinguished artists, scholars, or anyone who made remarkable contributions to the Japanese culture, arts and science.
Personally, for this year’s Bunka no hi, I did something “cultured”, something I had never tried before . According to New World Encyclopedia, the Meiji Emperor excelled in Tanka (短歌 / short poems), which is a genre of Waka (和歌 / Japanese Poetry). After learning about the Japanese monarch’s poetic side, I was inspired to write a poem for Culture Day. As Tanka is too ambitious for a beginner, I tried the popular Haiku (俳句) instead. Haiku, the shortest poetic form, is a 17-syllable poem usually in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables (Hiragana). Well, it was interesting but very complicating for me. I had a lot of help from my husband.
Here is the Etegami (Picture Postcard) for “Culture Day”
with my first attempt at a Haiku.
文化の日 bu n ka no hi (5)
明治の陛下 me i ji no he i ka (7)
詩を読む u ta wo yo mu (5)
(I) wrote a poem