-Drifting Lotus Pads-
For July session, the seasonal word for the month is 蓮葉 “Hasuha”, meaning “Drifting Lotus Pads”. From mid-July to mid-August in Japan, countless lotus pads cover the surface of ponds and lakes, and beautiful lotus flowers bloom in the midst of drifting lotus pads.
In Buddhism, lotus flowers has been cherished as a symbol of purity of the body, speech, and mind; awakening and enlightenment, as they grow out of muddy water and bloom beautifully – as if they float over the muddy water – the presense of the flower is so genuine and bracing. You will write your choice of words from selected Japanese classic haiku poems themed in Hasuha.