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Friday, July 03, 2009

traveler

Issa 一茶 1813 age 51

旅人や山に腰かけて心太
tabibito ya yama ni koshi kakete tokoroten


David’s English

traveler--
on a mountain he sits
with sweet jelly

Shinji Ogawa explains, "Tokoroten is still a popular summer dessert in Japan. It is a jelly made from seaweed called Gelidium Amansii. Tokoroten is pushed through a coarse mesh to form long threads like Japanese noodles." Gelidium is a genus of red algae. Shinji adds that the phrase, koshi kakete, is an idiom for "sitting."
http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

Gabi san’s tokoroten
http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2005/10/jelly-strip-tokoroten.html

sakuo haiga

haiku Issa

2 comments:

John McDonald said...

enjoyed sakuo san
john

sakuo said...

John san,
I am anxious about sweet jelly, because it is special sweet for Japanese.

sakuo.