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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! 8th december - IKIGAI

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

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


host: Kala Ramesh

8th December 2023


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

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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 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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One exaomple of mine:


the breath

in the breath of a forest

i take home


LEAF: #2, November 2023

"It works for me. I certainly understand 'the breath of a forest'-- forests do breathe. The breath in the breath of forest is the one breath that is all breath--yours, mine, the breath of the forest, the breath of the Tao. If you can 'take that home' with you--make it your own, realize it--what a blessing." Jenny Ward Agyal <>

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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mona bedi
mona bedi
16 dec. 2023

Post #1

16.12.23

I couldn’t find a worthy example . Here is my own ku:


summer dawn —

my daily tête-à-tête

with the roses


Feedback appreciated:)

Mona Bedi

India


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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
14 dec. 2023

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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Reageren op

Thank you for clarifying, Keiko. I was sensing that a lot of the poems I have been seeing on this thread were missing the mark but I was not sure.


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Adelaide Shaw
Adelaide Shaw
13 dec. 2023

Post 3


Christmas Eve. . .

the taste

of snowflakes


Adelaide B. Shaw

USA


Comments welcomed

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Adelaide Shaw
Adelaide Shaw
14 dec. 2023
Reageren op

Oops! I forgot

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Padma  Rajeswari
Padma Rajeswari
12 dec. 2023

ku#3

Revised based on inputs from Keiko


bare trees

I reach out

to the huddling shadows


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Original

bare trees

reaching out

to the huddled shadows


Padma Rajeswari, Mumbai


Look forward to feedback.

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Reageren op

Padma, even in the revised version I did not get it that this is about working with homeless people. As the first two lines are very short, perhaps you could work in some more information to point your readers, for instance, more information about place:


bare city street trees

I reach out

to huddled shadows

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
12 dec. 2023

#3, 12/12


end of the year

I listened to her woes

for the umpteenth time


Lakshmi Iyer, India

feedback please


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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
14 dec. 2023
Reageren op

I'm with Padma here about this ku for Ikigai, Lakshmi.

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