nightingale--in a floating world nook ripened barley
48 years old, live in Edo,On April Dear Kakyou [ female haiku friend in Futtu ]died.
Without knowing of this happening , on May he returned to home village for the negotiation of father's asset. Soon come back to Edo. On June he went to Futtu for visiting Kakyou's grave.
鶯や 浮世の小部屋 熟れし麦
uguisu ya ukiyo no kobeya uresi mugi
uguisu ya ukiyo no sumi mo mugi no aki
Mugi is a generic term that refers to several grains:
wheat, barley, oats, and rye.
Issa uses "floating world" (ukiyo) in the old Buddhist sense:
the world is temporary and imperfect.
Issa is traveling. He comes to small mountain village.
There is barley field that is very rich.He heared
It was peacefull scene.