Did you know there is a Persimmon Day in Japan? It’s October 26th.
So, why this specific date?
While visiting a temple, the famous haiku poet Shiki Matsuoka ate his favorite fruit, persimmon. He then wrote his world-renowned haiku about persimmon. All this happened on October 26th, 1895.
Later, the temple was declared a World Heritage site.
A haiku poem is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables.
Here is an example of a haiku in English, from Art of Haiku.
east(—) or(-) west(-)
the same(—-) elegance(—)
in autumn(—) winds(–)
If we translate Shiki Matsuoka’s persimmon poem, it is something like this.
here(–) comes(–) fall(—)
It’s recommended to use seasonal words in haikus and persimmon was used to imply fall. At that time, Shiki Matsuoka was very sick from a war, but managed to visit the temple. It’s said that this haiku was created to show his appreciation for his friend’s support. His friend had written a similar poem to help Shiki Matsuoka heal from his illness.
As a persimmon ambassador, it’s time for us to appreciate the persimmon harvest. So, October 26th is like Thanksgiving for Mirai Clinical!