Thursday, October 16, 2008


Issa 一茶

arare chire kukurimakura wo ou kodomo

霰ちれ くくり枕を 負ふ子ども

David's English

fall, hailstones!

with pillow on his head

a child

by Issa, 1813

The child has invented a clever way to defy the weather.The pillow in question, kukurimakura, is stuffed with cotton or buckwheat chaff and tied at both ends; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 491. The child is young and, most likely, poor, but nevertheless demonstrates his human birthright of creativity--to Issa's applause.

sakuo haiga

Hurry back boy ! a baby on your back is cold.


Narayanan Raghunathan said...

Beautiful Haiga for a beautiful Haiku ! Thank you Sakuo!

sakuo said...

Tahnk you Narayanan san for your visiting here and plaing your comment.
I am very pleased.