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Sunday, July 30, 2006

all gone to the next world



year unknown

一茶
かすむ日に古くもならぬ卒塔婆哉
kasumu hi ni furuku mo naranu sotoba kana

David’s English
in the misty day
not growing older...

grave tablets

sakuo comment
Dr, David said, the sotoba or "stupa" is a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine. In Japan the wooden plate that shaped “stupa” is also called “sotoba”
Every chance, we Buddhist stands sotoba in the grave yard for holding a service for a departed soul

Issa has cruel destiny.
From his age 54 to 60, Issa has lost 4 children and lastly his wife.
Every season of every year he had to stand sotobas.

Renku
一人残して皆あの世へ
hitori nook shi te minna anoyo he

leaving only me
all gone to the next world

2 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

http://haikutopics.blogspot.com/2006/04/grave-marker-sotoba.html

Here is a bit more on the SOTOBA now. I think, David will change his English.

There are so many things Japanese to study if we try to understand haiku !

greetings from Okayama
GABI

sakuo said...

Thank you, Gabi san for your comment and information.
I am a Buddhist but I don't know the detail of the things.
I could have studied Buddha with Issa, Dr.David and Dr.Gavi.

sakuo.