hi no obi no hate no hi no umi ôtôki
the ocean with lights
at the end of lights’ sash…
Dazai’s death anniversary
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: Osamu Dazai (1909-1948), one of the most famous writers in Japan committed suicide on June 13, 1948. His death anniversary is called ‘ôtôki’ (Cherry Memorial Day) based on the title of his signature novel.