Monday, July 17, 2006
nabe-zumi wo meguchi ni irete naku kawazu
the kettle's soot
in his mouth and eyes...
Someone (Issa?) is cleaning soot from a kettle, some of which is getting into the frog's mouth and eyes.
age 42 years, leaving from Katsusika sect, study at Natsume who was his teacher as well as rich sponsor helping Issa’s life.
The frog is Issa who was poor and need help of Natsume, at whose house Issa visited everyday for getting meal and money. He did housekeeping works, for example, sweeping soot, repairing screen and everything. He was called as poor general or poor god.
minna ga warau binbou-taisyou
All laugh at me