down to the bone
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.
shin-shin to shinsoko samushi shin bôzu
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.
The novice priest has first experience,
feeling cold with newly shaved head.
Oh cold ！