Kaga no Chiyo

(1703-1775 / Japan)

Putting Up My Hair - Poem by Kaga no Chiyo

Putting up my hair
no more
my hands to the kotatsu

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/14/2016 10:58:00 AM)

    At the age of 52, Chiyo-ni decided to become a Buddhist nun. She shaved her head and gave up on the ordinary world.

    Inspired by her journey, this haiku embarked on the significance that is the freedom she felt upon her change in her way of living.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (9/14/2016 10:57:00 AM)

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    Putting up my hair / no more / my hands to the kotatsu

    A kotatsu (炬燵) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier, often built into the table itself.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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