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Sunday, March 23, 2008

first snowfall


David’s English
watching first snowfall
in a rotten mood...
Shinano Mountain

一茶 1810年
むつかしや初雪見ゆるしなの山
mutsukashi ya hatsu yuki miyuru shinano yama
by Issa, 1810

Issa's mountainous home province of Shinano, present-day Nagano Prefecture, is known for its hard, bitter winters. The haiku is ironic: poets in other locations look forward to the first snow as a joyous occasion; for Issa it's just plain hard. Mutsukashiki is an old word that can signify having a bad or unpleasant feeling; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 1597.
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sakuo Renku & haiga
At his age 48, Issa began to dispute inheritance of his father’s asset.
His half brother’s family has strongly resisted.

山の向こうに 怖い顔待つ
yama no mukou ni kowai kaomatu
beyond the mountain

4 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

interesting renga; reciprocity of bad mood

much love
gillena

Anonymous said...

Hi Sakuo. I really enjoyed how you got 'behind' Issa's haiku with your verse response. I love the illustrations too!

Norman

sakuo said...

Gillena san,thank you for your understanding Issa's position.
I am very pleased to have your sharp comment.

sakuo.

sakuo said...

Norman san,
Thank you for your kind compliment.

sakuo.