Thursday, June 16, 2005

Look , woman begger singer !

Twelfth month singers

David English
Twelfth Month singers--their butts facing Sumida River

-Issa, 1818
56 years old, stay in Sinano. first daughter was born on May.

sakuo Japanese
節季候 尻面向ける 角田川
setuki zoro siri tura mukeru sumida-gawa

Issa Original
sekizoro no shiri no saki nari sumida-gawa

Similar haiku of Twelfth Month singers

1818 鶺鴒の尻ではやすやせっき候
sekirei no shiri de hayasu ya se[k]kizoro

performing behind a waterfall...Twelfth Month singers

1818 えどの世は女もす也節き候
edo no yo wa onna mo su nari sekkizoro

Edo's world--women also are Twelfth Month singers
Edo is the old name for Tokyo. In this large and culturally progressive city, even women participate in an activity once reserved exclusively for men

sakuo remark
Issa was surprised to see women beggers singing near the Sumida river in Edo.
Look femal Beggers sing with her hip swinging !.

1 comment:

Pris said...

You just commented on my blog and what a neat surprise to come here and find Issa, my favorite of the old masters, along with wonderful art. I have an Issa link on my blog, but don't think it's yours. If not, I'm adding you to my links there. This is a wonderful site.