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Monday, September 21, 2009

skinny fleas

Issa 一茶 1821

痩蚤を振ふや猫も夕祓
yase nomi wo furuu ya neko mo yu^ harai

David’s English

rousting his skinny fleas
the cat too...
evening's purification

This haiku refers to a Shinto purification ritual that takes place in Sixth Month in the traditional Japanese calendar. One of the observances is to launch special shrine boats in water; see Kiyose (Tokyo: Kakugawa Shoten, 1984) 162. Shinji Ogawa adds that the most popular forms of the ritual involve (1) entering a shrine through the chinowa (a large ring made of woven reeds) or (2) going to a river and releasing a paper boat containing a paper doll (katashiro). As the doll drifts away it is thought to take "all unclean things with it."
http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

sakuo haiga


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2 comments:

John McDonald said...

love this sakuo san
john

sakuo said...

Thank you John san,
for your comment.

sakuo.