7/16/2006

Soap Bubbles (shabondama)

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Soap bubbles (shabondama)

***** Location: Japan, worldwide
***** Season: All Spring
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation



Miyagawa Shuntei (1873-1914)


A word of caution:

baburu バブル bubble

Words like bubble, bubbles, bubbling
economic bubbles, housing bubbles and so on
bubbles of mineral water or champagne and Sekt

just like that, are not kigo, but topics for haiku.


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Who would not fondly remember childhood with the shimmering bubbles.

soap bubbles, shabondama 
しゃぼんだま、シャボンダマ、石鹸玉
... tamaya たまや
... suikengi すいけんぎ、 水圏戯


source: Cocolog

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Liquid saturated with soap or dishwashing liquid is blown throuth a straw pipe, wand or other contraption to produce these fine bubbles.
Nowadays you can see them all year round, but as a kigo in Japan, they belong to spring, when you first see them again.
This is a kigo that should bring a smile to your face, remembering childhood.

TAMAYA are the old sellers of soap bubble contraptions for kids. They started walking around in spring, with the head covered by a special headgear and carrying a box with their goods.

Gabi Greve


Click HERE to look at them !


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Worldwide use

Seifenblasen



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sæbebobler
in Danish

rainbows balls
a swarm of soap bubbles
followed by laughter

regnbuekugler
en sværm af sæbebobler
følges af latter


Johannes S. H. Bjerg

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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


わが吹いてしやぼんの善玉悪玉とぶ
waga fuite shabon no zendama akudama tobu

I blow soap bubbles
some good ones, some bad ones
flow along


. Takaha Shugyo 鷹羽狩行 .


zendama akudama is now used for cholesterol in the blood.


source : www.yoroiya.jp

quote
“Sanja Matsuri”- a dance

This dance was dramatized about a hundred and thirty years ago in connection with the festival of Sanja (Three Shrine) at Asakusa in Edo. According to tradition, the two fishermen in this dance, Hamanari and Takenari, who pulled up a statue of Kannon (a goddess of mercy) while they were casting their nets in the Miyato River, now known as the Sumida River.

The two fishermen perform
the dance “Zendama” (good spirit)
and
the dance
“Akudama” (evil spirit)
because in those days there was a popular and widely read novel called the “Good and Bad (evil) spirits”.
source : www.immortalgeisha.com


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waga iki no kagayaki noboru shabondama

my breath
shimmering, ascending -
soap bubbles


mein Atem
schimmernd, aufschwebend -
Seifenblasen

Nakamura San
Haiku with Hundred

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doing the dishes -
a tiny soap bubble rises
toward heaven


Geschirrspülen -
eine kleine Seifenblase schwebt
gen Himmel

Gabi Greve, August 2006

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this soap bubble
I control the world
for just a second


Fay Aoyagi, Chrysanthemum Love

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forget-me-nots
a soap bubble caught
in his hair

lazy afternoon
a cloud of soap bubbles
over the bluebells

autumn reflections
her face in the back
of a soap bubble


Copyright © 2000-2002 by Heather Madrone

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Floating soap bubble
Rising without direction
Above giggling hands.


Gary Warner - Hoover, Alabama, 1994

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this life . . .
a soap bubble beautiful
before it bursts

Kala Ramesh
First appeared in Bottle Rockets - Fall 06


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smell of shampoo
departs together with
a soap bubble


- Shared by Gennady Nov
Joys of Japan, 2012



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Related words

***** Child, Children (kodomo)

***** . go shinsui sekken 御神水せっけん soap from sacred water .
Kifune Shrine 貴船神社 Kyoto


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Soap Bubbles,
Jean Siméon Chardin, probably 1733/1734
source : www.nga.gov


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1 comment:

Ella Wagemakers said...

soap bubble ...
she loves me
she loves me not