St. Patrick’s Day—
why must the beer
World Kigo Database/St. Patrick’s Day
It’s that time again. When everyone, regardless of race or creed, gets their Irish on . . . and the rivers and the beer flow green. Green beer? Parades? It all seems so trivial, in the light of recent events in Japan. Still, I thank Dr. Gabi Greve, who maintains a massive database on all things seasonal (a.k.a. kigo), for her entries on St. Patrick’s Day and the many other fascinating references to seasonal kigo used in traditional Japanese Haiku (as well as English Language Haiku) in her World Kigo Database. It’s a wonderful resource for haiku enthusiasts . . . or for those who are simply curious about how many different words you can use to describe the seasons.
Thank you, Gabi-san. Stay safe.