Saturday, September 30, 2006

native village or Edo city

uka-uka to bon mo sugitaru to^ro^ kana

David’s English
the Bon Festival
flickers out too...
Lanterns for the dead

David’s comment
Uka-uka to is an old expression meaning (1) not at peace or (2) thoughtless or absentminded; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 182. In this case I am assuming that Issa is using the first meaning: the lamplights flicker restlessly as the festival ends. The Bon Festival of the Dead takes place in Eighth Month in the old lunar calendar. At this time, people light lanterns to guide their ancestors' spirits back home.

sakuo Renku
1804 Age 42, lived in Edo. His father died before 3 years.
His works began to get reputation in Edo. But he though that
he have to come back to the native village as the successor.

furusato koisi Edo nimo miren

longing for native village
still attached to Edo
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