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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! 16th december - IKIGAI

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

haikaiTALKS: Japanese aesthetics - ikigai - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree


host: Kala Ramesh

16th December 2023


Japanese aesthetics: Ikigai (ee-kee-ga-ee) A Reason for Being

We repeat this for one more week!

Ikigai

A reason for being. A direction or purpose in life.

I was greatly excited by the aesthetic concept of ikigai (ee-kee-ga-ee). When translated literally, iki means “life; alive” and kai can be translated as “reason; worthiness; fruitful; effective.”


** But literal translation doesn’t provide sufficient insight into the broader significance of the term, which may be rendered as the purpose or meaning of life, or what makes life worth living.


Keiko has a valid point:


Please allow me to clarify the definition of ikigai more accurately. The standard concept of ikigai in Japan does not include one’s temporary joy or passion in appreciation of nature or other things. Ikigai depends on the extent to which one is involved in the subject. For example, one of my friends loves the sky and clouds so she takes pictures of them every day. I can say this is definitely her ikigai; however, if one’s joy/passion doesn’t include such a continuous action, we do not call it ikigai. Ikigai is a reason to live deeply rooted in oneself.



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Keiko Izawa has added:

Ikigai

  • reason for living

  • one's life's purpose

  • what makes one's life worth living

  • motivation for living

  • live for ...

Concrete examples: lifetime jobs, hobbies, child rearing, pets, etc. <>


Linda Papanicolaou says: I have noticed that some people are posting non-person (nature) haiku. If I understand the concept, though, I think it might be better expressed through a person verse because it’s about human topics.


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First post: You search and find a haiku that you think has Ikigai

You'll give your reason/s why you think it has this aesthetic nuance. Second post: This will be your first haiku with Ikigai.


Third post: This will be your second haiku with Ikigai.

Please give your feedback on others' commentary and poems too. _()_

Have fun! Keep writing and commenting!

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Dec 21, 2023

21/12/23 3rd


winter solstice

the dog-eared pages

of seed catalogues

Marilyn Ashbaugh, USA feedback welcome 

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Dec 22, 2023
Replying to

Keiko,

Much appreciate your comment, thank you!

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Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
Dec 20, 2023

Poem 2 - 20/12/23

[feedback welcome]

to the park

each day same time

with a bag of kibble


Rupa Anand

New Delhi, India

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
Dec 22, 2023
Replying to

Linda,

I said I did agree with you on that aspect. I see those cat feeders coming every morning and evening to feed strays in the park nearby even in the cold rain through the window of my home, and I do feel their ikigai as a cat lover. But my point is as to the style it’s expressed. Marilyn showed a good example. I would write like…


cold rain

park strays wait for the feeder

in the thicket


rainy morning

the cat feeder comes by bike

as usual


might not be good, but this is the way I see the scene from the cats’ angle or the feeder’s angle. This way the feeder’s ikigai could be indirectly or directl…


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Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
Dec 19, 2023

Post 1 19/12/23

in the spirit of ikigai

feedback welcome


dragonfly . . . the tai chi master

shifts his stance

by Peggy Willis Lyles


Rupa Anand

New Delhi, India

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
Dec 20, 2023
Replying to

You may be right, but in my view, the point of this ku is the innocent reaction of the tai chi master. Usually, martial arts masters behave in a very disciplined manner. So, this unexpected aspect of his behavior toward the dragonfly seems to me a sort of like an amusing contrast, rather than his ikigai.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Dec 19, 2023

#3, 19/12


early riser

his clipped teeth gleaming

as he flips the newspaper


Lakshmi Iyer, India

feedback welcome

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Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
Dec 20, 2023
Replying to

Sorry, but i don't understand this poem at all. Is ikigai in - 'rising early' or in 'flipping the newspaper' ??

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Kalyani
Kalyani
Dec 19, 2023

19.12.2023

#3


like a fragrant bower

soothing weary souls

- his presence


Kalyanee Arandhara

Assam, India


Feedback welcome

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