is a word or phrase used in Japanese poetry that evokes a particular season. They are one of the three defining qualities of the classic Japanese Haiku. (The other two being a sense of juxtaposition and the 5-7-5 structure that is all most Anglophones know about them.
) Shallow Parody
(or Japanese poetry as a whole) overwhelmingly uses cherry blossoms in this role. We'll leave it to The Other Wiki
to tell us about the significance of cherry blossomsnote
) to Japanese culture, because the point here is that they only appear in spring. Mentioning them is a economical way of setting the season, and haiku is all about economy of expression.
Other common kigo are:
), the warming weather; uguisu
, Japanese bush warbler, regarded as a harbinger of spring; Frogs
: especially their calling
; Rainy season
starting in mid-June; Wisteria
which blooms in early summer and lotus
in late summer.
: Coloured leaves
, typhoon season is roughly June-December; Insects
, implying singing insects such as crickets.
, fugu soup
, a seasonal dish, Christmas
Not to be confused with KiGo, the fanfiction pairing of Kim Possible
with her arch-rival Shego
(the fandom's main Fan-Preferred Couple
). Even if cherry blossoms are involved.