Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Super cold !

David English
down to the bone
bitter cold...
the novice priest

55 years old. married at 52 years old with Kiku, next year he get first son but soon died. From January to June stayed in Edo, and returned to Kashiwabara.

Issa Original
しんしんと心底寒し新坊主 一茶
shin-shin to shinsoko samushi shin bôzu

David comment
One of the old meanings of shin-shin to is a "body-piercing cold"; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 858.
As if to place emphasis on the coldness, the "cold" sound of shin is repeated four times.

sakuo remark
The novice priest has first experience,
feeling cold with newly shaved head.
Oh cold !

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