Issa 一茶 1818
sakazuki wo choi to okitaru botan kana
I lay my sake cup
on top for a moment...
At the moment, Issa was staying in Naganuma where many his students were gathered. Note; Naganuma is 20 kilo meters far from Issa’s village.
Among them there was Mr. Nabuti Sato who loved poem, painting, and gardening. Especially he was an expert of chrysanthemum and peony.
waga iho wo semasi botan sakini keri
my hut garden
is narrowed by
Issa was enjoying party with his familiar haiku friends in Naganuma, watching Nabuti’s peony.
And sakuo’s haiga.