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Micro-Season: “The Chicken Lays Her First Eggs”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Chicken Lays Her First Eggs”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season Major Cold. To celebrate this season, we will learn about the connection between the chicken and the sun. Then we will read some seasonal haiku by Issa, Basho, Shiki, and Reichhold.

Micro-Season: “The Elk Sheds Its Antlers” (2022)

We have entered the micro-season of “The Elk Sheds its Antlers”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season Winter Solstice. To celebrate this season, we will learn about the deer and elk in Japan, explore the difference between horns and antlers, and read some deer-inspired haiku by Basho, Buson, and Issa.

Micro-Season: “The Common Self-Heal Sprouts”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Common Self-Heal Sprouts”. This is the first micro-season of the mini-season Winter Solstice. To celebrate this season, we will learn about the common self-heal, research Japan’s winter weather, and read some seasonal haiku by Reichhold, Basho, Buson, Issa, and Greves.

Micro-Season: “The Sky is Cold, Winter Comes”

We have entered the micro-season of “The Sky is Cold, Winter Comes”. This is the first micro-season of the mini-season Major Snow. To celebrate this season, we will learn about how the Earth’s orbit around the Sun impacts our seasonal temperatures and then read haiku by Buson, Issa, Basho, Taigi, and Toshimi.

Micro-Season: “The Rainbow Hides Unseen” (2022)

We have entered the micro-season of “The Rainbow Hides Unseen”. This is the first micro-season of the mini-season Minor Snow. To celebrate this season, we will learn about rainbows and what “rainbow hides” might mean. Then we will read rainbow-themed haiku by both modern and classical Japanese poets.

Micro-Season: “The Daffodil Flowers” (2022)

We have entered the micro-season of “The Daffodil Flowers”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season of First Winter. To celebrate this season, we will learn about the daffodil, its mythology, and its symbolism. We will then read daffodil-themed haiku from Basho, Issa, and Buson.

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