risshun no yuki no fukasa yo temari uta
depth of snow
on the first spring day…
a song to play a temari ball
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: Hideno Ishibashi (1909-1947) ‘Spring’ season in haiku, based on saijiki starts around February 5. ‘temari’ is a Japanese handball. Small girls played it singing a nursery song.