in my province
even trained monkeys
wear noble hats
waga kuni wa saru mo eboshi wo kaburi keri
by Issa, 1816
A jab at local politicians? Literally, Issa says that the monkey is wearing the courtly headgear of a nobleman. Dancing monkeys perform their tricks in the New Year's season.
The founder of Edo government is Ieyasu.
When he come into Edo castle firstly, his horse got injured at the leg.
A monkey dancing team prayed for the horse. After saving the horse ,
the monkey team got high confidence from the founder and got special
permition that was free entrance to the castle at three times a year .
They were given money as rewards every year.
In Edo era, there were many monkey dance teams in Edo city.
edo-jyou wo seni saru ibaru kana
Edo castle at the back
were monkeys arrogant